A child can become a U.S. citizen if they are born to at least one parent who is already a U.S. citizen. If they are adopted by U.S. citizens, they can also become citizens through the adoption process.

The rules can be a bit different for each situation, so it's a good idea to talk to immigration experts or the U.S. government for the exact details.

Learn more from USCIS about how a child can qualify for citizenship.

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Last Reviewed: October 19, 2023