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In most cases, your natural or adopted child is a citizen if the following are true:

  • The other parent is also naturalized, or you are the only surviving parent (if the other parent is deceased), or you have legal custody (if you and the other parent are legally separated or divorced).
  • The child was under 18 when the parent(s) naturalized.
  • The child was not married when the parent(s) naturalized and the child was a permanent resident before his or her 18th birthday.