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Derivative Citizenship

A person may derive U.S. citizenship when the individual has a U.S. citizen mother or father (whether by birth or naturalization) and the individual meets certain other legal requirements. The legal requirements that apply to derive citizenship depend on the individual’s date of birth and whether the parent was a U.S. citizen prior to the birth or after.


This is a process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign national after he or she is granted Lawful Permanent Residence and meet other legal requirements. Most permanent residents become eligible for naturalization 5 years from the date of residency. Spouses of U.S. citizens become eligible for naturalization after 3 years of residency. Military spouses who meet certain requirements may also become eligible for expedited naturalization.

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