Title 8: Aliens and Nationality
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
SUBCHAPTER C: NATIONALITY REGULATIONS
PART 320: CHILD BORN OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND RESIDING PERMANENTLY IN THE UNITED STATES; REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTOMATIC ACQUISITION OF CITIZENSHIP
320.3 - How, where, and what forms and other documents should be filed
(a) Application. Individuals who are applying for certificate of citizenship on their own behalf should file a Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship. An application for a certificate of citizenship under this section on behalf of a minor biological child shall be submitted on Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, by the U.S. citizen parent(s) or legal guardian. An application for a certificate of citizenship under this section on behalf of a minor adopted child shall be submitted on Form N-643, Application for Certificate of Citizenship in Behalf of An Adopted Child by U.S. citizen adoptive parent(s) or legal guardian. The application must be filed with the filing fee required in ? 103.7(b)(1) of this chapter.
(b) Evidence. (1) An applicant under this section shall establish eligibility under ? 320.2. In addition to the forms and the appropriate fee as required in ? 103.7(b)(1) of this chapter, an applicant must submit the following required documents unless such documents are already contained in the Service administrative file(s):
(i) The child's birth certificate or record;
(ii) Marriage certificate of child's parents (if applicable);
(iii) If the child's parents were married before their marriage to each other, proof of termination of any previous marriage of each parent (e.g., death certificate or divorce decree);
(iv) Evidence of U.S. citizenship of parent, (i.e., birth certificate; naturalization certificate; FS-240, Report of Birth Abroad; a valid unexpired U.S. passport; or certificate of citizenship);
(v) If the child was born out of wedlock, documents verifying legitimation according to the laws of the child's residence or domicile or father's residence or domicile (if applicable);
(vi) In case of divorce, legal separation, or adoption, documentation of legal custody;
(vii) Copy of Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Receipt Card or other evidence of lawful permanent resident status (e.g. I-551 stamp in a valid foreign passport or Service-issued travel document);
(viii) If adopted, a copy of the full, final adoption decree and, if the adoption was outside of the United States and the child immigrated as an IR-4 (orphans coming to the United States to be adopted by U.S. citizen parent(s)), evidence that the foreign adoption is recognized by the state where the child is permanently residing; and
(ix) Evidence of all legal name changes, if applicable, for the child and U.S. citizen parent.
(2) If the Service requires any additional documentation to make a decision on the application for certificate of citizenship, applicants may be asked to provide that documentation under separate cover or at the time of interview. Applicants do not need to submit documents that were submitted in connection with: An application for immigrant visa and retained by the American Consulate for inclusion in the immigrant visa package, or an immigrant petition or application and included in a Service administrative file. Applicants should indicate that they wish to rely on such documents and identify the administrative file(s) by name and alien number. The Service will only request the required documentation again if necessary.
[66 FR 32144, June 13, 2001, as amended at 74 FR 26940, June 5, 2009]