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How Are Children Affected Through Applying for Naturalization

Haroen Calehr Dec. 26, 2016

Minor children cannot naturalize. One has to be at least 18 years old before you become eligible to naturalize. However, if the minor’s parents naturalize while the minors are also permanent residents and have been lawfully admitted into the United States – that means they legally entered the United States and they are also here as permanent residents – then there is a law called the Child Citizenship Protection Act, and it actually relaxes the application procedure, where if one’s parent naturalizes and the child, the minor child, is under 18, that child then will automatically also become a US citizen based on their parent’s naturalization.