Derivative citizenship is citizenship given to children through the naturalization of parents or to foreign-born children adopted by United States citizen parents, if certain conditions are met.
The Child Citizenship Act (CCA) is the current law that includes guidelines for children that were born outside the US, but who automatically become US citizens if certain conditions are met on or after February 27, 2001
Under the CCA, a child automatically acquires U.S. citizenship on the date that all of the following requirements are met:
At least one parent is a US citizen, whether by birth or naturalization
The child is under age 18
The child is currently residing permanently in the US in the legal and physical custody of a US citizen parent
The child is a lawful permanent resident
The Child Citizenship Act (CCA) applies only to those children born on or after February 27, 2001, or those who were under 18 years of age as of that date. Persons who were 18 years of age or older on February 27, 2001, do not qualify for citizenship. For such persons, the law in effect at the time the last condition was met before reaching 18 years of age is the relevant law to determine whether they acquired citizenship.
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