U.S. Nationality for Children Born Abroad to a U.S. Parent or Parents
Under the Fourtenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, all persons born in the United States are automatically United States citizens ("jus soli" or "right of the soil"). The sole exception being children born in the United States to diplomats that have diplomatic immunity.
In addition, the United States also recognizes acquisition of U.S. citizenship for children who were born outside of the United States to a U.S. parent or U.S. parents ("jus sanguinis" or "right of blood").
According to the Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA") and, in particular, through its amendment with the Child Status Protection Act ("CSPA") of 2002 different procedures are available for a child of a U.S. citizen to acquire U.S. citizenship.
If you are a U.S. citizen and have a child that was born outside of the United States, please do not hesitate to contact my office to discuss different options to see whether or not an application can be made for your child to become a U.S. citizen.