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About Certificate of Citizenship
Certificate of Citizenship is an identity document issued by USCIS to be used by foreign-born U.S. citizens as direct proof of their right to Citizenship. In order to get a Certificate of Citizenship, citizens born outside the U.S. to a U.S. citizen parent or parents must file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship with USCIS.
It is important to note that Form N-600 doesn't grant Citizenship; rather, it acknowledges already obtained citizenship status by the applicant. To be more exact, getting a citizenship certificate is quite different from the naturalization process.
Citizenship Certificate is particularly useful for getting a U.S. passport or applying for immigration benefits on behalf of any relative.
Eligibility to Apply for Certificate of Citizenship’
USCIS classifies individuals eligible for the Certificate of Citizenship into two basic categories: Acquisition and Derivation.To be eligible for a Certificate of Citizenship, under Acquisition, a person must meet the following criteria.
A Certificate of Citizenship will be issued to a person under 'Derivation' only if he/she meets the following criteria.
- The Citizenship Certificate applicant must have been born outside the U.S
- The applicant must have at least one biological parent who is a U.S. citizen.
- U.S. citizen parent/parents must meet specific residence or physical presence requirements in the United States before the person's birth.
- The applicant obtained citizenship status automatically after he/she was born, but before turning 18
- The applicant must live in the United States under the legal custody of U.S. citizen parent/parents
- The applicant must be the biological offspring of their parent/parents
- The applicant must be a lawful permanent resident
Required Documents to Apply for Certificate of Citizenship
A citizenship certificate seeker must submit Form N-600 along with the following required documents:
- The petitioner's birth certificate
- U.S. parent's birth certificate
- Proof of parent's U.S. citizenship
- Two passport size photographs of the applicant
- Copy of parents' marriage certificate (and divorce papers if applicable)
- Legitimation document (if the applicant is born out of wedlock)
- Proof of legal custody (if the parents are divorced or separated)
- Permanent residency card
- Proof of the parent's physical residence in the United States
- Adoption decree (if applicable)