Children born outside the U.S. who have not acquired citizenship at birth may still derive citizenship when one or both parents naturalize.
Under current law, a child derives citizenship if one parent is a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization, and the child is under 18, is a lawful permanent resident, and is residing in the U.S. in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent. Stepchildren do not qualify under these provisions.
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