FAA2.K Identity and Citizenship (IDCI/NOCS) : 05 U.S. Citizenship : B Child Citizenship Through the Child Citizenship Act
B Child Citizenship Through the Child Citizenship Act
 
(01/01/08 – 03/31/08)
A child automatically acquires citizenship when they meet the criteria of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA). The CCA went into effect on February 27, 2001. The CCA was passed to expedite the citizenship process for an adopted or biological child born outside of the United States or its territories with at least one U.S. citizen parent.
 
Consider the child a citizen effective the date they meet ALL of the following requirements, but no earlier than February 27, 2001:
 
The parent is a citizen by birth or is naturalized.
The child is under the age of 18.
The child immigrates to the U.S. and has lawful permanent resident status.
The child lives in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent.
When the child is adopted abroad, the date the full and final adoption is complete.
 
NOTE A child who attains U.S. citizenship through the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 keeps U.S. citizenship when they turn 18.