The application process for U.S. citizenship for a child includes filling out specific forms, gathering the necessary documentation, understanding submission guidelines, and potentially attending a biometrics appointment and interview.
Filing Form N-600/N-600K
For a child to obtain citizenship through U.S. citizen parents, they must file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, if they reside in the United States. If the child resides outside the U.S., Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322, may be required. The correct form must be filled out accurately and completely.
Gathering Supporting Documents
Applicants must collect a range of supporting documents to accompany their forms. These documents often include proof of the parent’s U.S. citizenship, evidence of the child’s relationship to the U.S. citizen parent, and proof of the child’s identity.
The completed forms and supporting documents are submitted following the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidelines. Applications may be filed online or by mail, depending on the form. Applicants should adhere to all USCIS instructions to avoid processing delays.
After submission, the child may need to attend a biometrics appointment. USCIS will notify applicants if they need to provide fingerprints, photographs, and a signature to verify their identity and run necessary background checks.
An interview is not always mandatory for children under 14 years of age. However, if required, the USCIS will schedule an interview. At the interview, the child and the U.S. citizen parent should be prepared to answer questions and provide any additional documentation requested by the interviewing officer.