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  •  I just can't comprehend that last part. (0+ / 0-)

    What does my age at the time that I became a parent have to do with the U.S. citizenship of my child.

    The Certification of Report of Birth of a United States Citizen


    The  Consular report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America

    were issued without any concern for my age.

    This better be good. Because it is not going away.

    by DerAmi on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 08:46:21 AM PDT

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    •  No, they were not issued without concern (2+ / 0-)
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      for your age (in all likelihood); that detail just isn't on the child's certificate.

      As I said, birth outside the United States to a U.S. citizen mother does NOT automatically confer citizenship.

      It depends on the date of the birth, the age of the mother, and the duration of her residence in the United States.

      The law is complicated and it has changed several times.  So you just have to look it up.

      Here are some of the rules:

      For persons born between December 24, 1952 and November 14, 1986, a person is a U.S. citizen if all of the following are true:[8]

          The person's parents were married at the time of birth
          One of the person's parents was a U.S. citizen when the person was born
          The citizen parent lived at least ten years in the United States before the child's birth;
          A minimum of 5 of these 10 years in the United States were after the citizen parent's 14th birthday.

      •  Okay, the law has been changed. (0+ / 0-)

        This will be interesting to see if any clarification comes of all of this because of Cruz running in the GOP primary.

        Are you infering that the gender of the parent is an issue?

        I do not wish to disclose my case here (or my children's case as it would be).

        Thanks, Timaeus.

        This better be good. Because it is not going away.

        by DerAmi on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 09:48:15 AM PDT

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        •  Yes, at times the parent's gender has been very (0+ / 0-)

          important.  I don't do many nationality cases, so I can't remember whether that still makes a difference or not.  As you might imagine, the law was historically tilted in favor of males.

          •  Sure, it's important, citizenship of mom. Because (0+ / 0-)

            until the second world war or thereabouts, sometime after 1936, a naturalized US woman citizen would automatically lose her citizenship if the man she married was not a citizen. Born here, not so.  It happened to my grandma. Another had to do with when one's father came to the US, which made one of my childhood neighbors have to apply for citizenship in her fifties when it was discovered that she had been born in Canada, but her father had come to the US and been naturalized  after rather than before he was a certain age. In citizenship not arising from birth here, gender has long been important.  

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