Who is born a U.S. Citizen? View the Answer to frequently asked questions about
who is born a U.S. Citizen by birth, including children born abroad from
American parents and children born in the U.S. from non-American parents.
The U.S. citizenship may be acquire in 2 different ways:
1. By birth in the United States territory
(According to the principle of jus soli)
2. Born abroad from American Parent(s)
(According to the principle of jus sanguinis)
There are many rules, exceptions and requirements that apply and should be taken
into consideration, especially when children are born abroad. It is
important to know all the requirements for parents to pass their American
citizenship to their children. The requirements are different when both parents
are American or when only one parent is American. Also the requirements can
change if the couple is married or not married. If you have questions about
citizenship by birth, then this information package can help you have a better
understanding and will give you answer to several frequently asked questions
about birth certificates and citizenship by birth in general.
A birth certificate should include the name, age, date of birth, and place of
birth of the American citizen, and it is an important document when applying for
a U.S. passport. Birth Certificates are issued by each individual state where
the person is born.
Children born abroad obtain a different type of birth certificate that may be
requested through the U.S. embassy or consulate of the country where the child
In this package you will find immigration and citizenship frequently asked
questions and answers about people who may receive the U.S. Citizenship by
birth. This information to help you understand clearly if you or your children
were born American citizens and explanation of the requirements and different
scenarios that may apply to you.