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Hello.We adopted our son from China in 2004 and the adoption was finalized in China. He came home with a visa. He has a social security card(which for the life of us we can't imagine or remember how he got that).  It seems like we must  have had to show citizenship for that?? We are trying to get his drivers permit and it has been a nightmare because the Sec of State said we need a proof of citizenship.  We thought about getting him a passport in hopes of not spending $600 on the n 600! The problem is the passport requires proof of citizenship.  Everytime I research this,  I find a multitude of varying answers.
Do you have any idea what we can do?
Thank you in advance for your time,  it's much appreciated!


If In 2004 you received a SS Card then we would assume you filed the application for it as the US government was not issuing these automatically at this time even if the child traveled in an IR3 visa.  

Proof of citizenship for a passport should be :

1. certified copy of the foreign birth certificate with translation (typically a family would receive a few copies of this in China)
2. his Chinese passport, stamp endorsed showing  IR3 visa admittance to the U.S. - also at this time some families were receiving permanent resident cards, we believe this should also work for this purpose.
3. parents also have to show proof of their citizenship as part of the process of demonstrating the child's citizenship

If you completed a re-finalization in the U.S. you may use this as an additional piece of evidence.

A certificate of citizenship may be the best plan of action and while you do not have to that that route there may be a number of instances in his life where it would be helpful to have.  Remember, he is a U.S. citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act 2000.

Hope this helps - it is always recommended to contact an experienced immigration attorney as well, especially f you are missing the documentation listed above.

Thank you,

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22 years in the adoption field. Michele Fried is the founder and chair of Adoption STAR. Her foremost responsibilities are the implementation of strategic plans and agency growth/expansion, financial management, board partnerships and supervision of the staff. Michele has her hands full with these responsibilities as well as initiating marketing and public relation campaigns and executing and implementing policies developed by the Board of Directors.


Before starting Adoption STAR. Michele worked as an educator in Pennsylvania and then after she and her husband adopted their first child, she entered the field of adoption. In 1989 she founded an adoption agency licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Micheleís own family began to grow and they chose to return home to Western New York. Michele began working locally as an Inclusion Coordinator for individuals with developmental disabilities. As the years went by, Michele was inspired by the great need for a passionate, advocacy based, non-profit child-welfare agency in this area and so Adoption STAR was born in March of 2000! Michele is very proud of the work Adoption STAR has done and continues to do, and states she is touched by the incredible birth mothers that work with the agency.

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The community-at-large has also noticed Michele and her agency. In 2003 Michele received a Business First 40 Under Forty Award and in 2004 WKBW-TV honored Michele by selecting her to be one of the communityís Everyday Heroes. The YWCA also honored Michele in 2005 by selecting her as one of twenty-six women making a difference in Western New York. In 2009 Michele was the recipient of a Business First Women of Influence Entrepreneur Award. On May 1, 2010 during the Dazzling Decade ~ A Night of Starís 10th Birthday Gala, Micheleís own agency presented her with the First Michele Fried Founderís Award. In the future, this award will be given annually to an individual whose contributions, expertise, and dedication to adoption mirror Micheleís.

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