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I was Born Outside The U.S. to two Citizen Parents. Am I a U.S. Citizen?

Posted by attorney Jeffrey Devore

The answer to this question will depend upon the date you were born. If you were born abroad to two U.S. citizen parents apply the chart below to determine whether you acquired U.S. citizenship at birth even though you were born outside the United States:

Date of Birth

Transmission Requirements

(Parents’ Residence) [1]

BeforeMay 24, 1934

One parent resided in the U.S.

On or after May 24, 1934 (noon EST)

but beforeJanuary 13, 1941

One parent resided in the U.S.

On or afterJanuary 13, 1941,

but before12/24/1952

One parent resided in the U.S. or possession.

On or after12/24/1952

One parent resided in the U.S. or possession.

[1] In all cases residence must take place prior to the child’s birth. The law does not define how long residence must be. Children born to two U.S. citizens never had retention requirements.

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