US Citizenship – Birthright (By Birth)

Becoming a US citizen by birth, also known as birthright, refers to gaining citizenship after being born in the United States, or territories including Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands. Citizenship through birth was established by the Fourteenth Amendment to the constitution which created the Citizenship Clause, stating people born in the US are citizens of the United States, although this is subject to the jurisdiction of the United States Federal Government, and is governed by the US Constitution.

To become a citizen at birth you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Were born in the United States or US territories, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States
  • Had a parent who was a citizen at the time of your birth if you were born abroad, and you meet other requirements, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

Immigration lawyers are a great resource to consider when dealing with US citizenship issues. If you were born in the United States, a US Territory, or one of your parents was a US citizen at the time of your birth and you have questions about citizenship, don’t hesitate to contact our firm and we will provide you with individual attention and service regarding your situation.

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