Will my children automatically receive naturalization certificates after I naturalize?
No. Only the person that passes the naturalization exam will receive the naturalization certificate. However, if you have biological children living with you, they may automatically become citizens after you naturalize as long as they meet the following conditions:
- The child entered the country with inspection or lawfully;
- The child is currently a lawful permanent resident;
- The child is in the legal and physical custody of the naturalization applicant;
- The child is not married; and
- The child will be under 18-years-old at the time that the naturalization applicant becomes a U.S. citizen
If your child meets all of these conditions, your child will automatically be considered a U.S. citizen after you naturalize. Although your child will not receive his or her own naturalization certificate, your child is eligible to apply for a U.S. passport, which is evidence of his or her immigration status.
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