Immigration Issues/Citizenship for a child abroad
Below I have quoted the procedure of of Naturalization
for a child through his grandparent. I have a few
questions about the process.
1. I live in Israel, do I start the process here at
the embassy or do I mail the forms to the U.S.
2. About how long does it take for this process to be
3. It is quoted below that the child has to visit the
states in order for the Naturalization procedure to be
After an OK is received is there a time constraint
that the child has to go to the states.
4. In the states how long does it take to finalize
Naturalization of the child as a U.S. citizen.
thank you very much
Q. I WILL BE LIVING ABROAD WITH MY FAMILY FOR SOME
TIME. HOW DO I APPLY FOR EXPEDITIOUS NATURALIZATION
FOR MY CHILD USING THE "GRANDPARENT" PROCEDURE?
A. COMPLETE AND FILE BCIS FORMS N-600 - APPLICATION
FOR CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP AND N-600/N-643
SUPPLEMENT A - APPLICATION FOR TRANSMISSION OF
CITIZENSHIP THROUGH A GRANDPARENT. SEND FORM N-600,
N-600/N-643 SUPPLEMENT A, SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS AND THE
REQUIRED FEE TO ONE OF THE 51 BCIS FIELD OFFICES IN
THE UNITED STATES. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO OBTAIN
BCIS FORMS CLICK HERE OR CALL 1-800-870-3676.
BCIS WILL DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR CHILD IS ELIGIBLE AND
APPROVE THE APPLICATION, THEN FORWARD YOU A LETTER AND
NATURALIZATION APPOINTMENT DATE. YOU PRESENT THE BCIS
APPROVAL AND APPOINTMENT LETTER TO THE U.S. EMBASSY OR
THE U.S. EMBASSY OR CONSULATE WILL ISSUE THE CHILD A
B-2 VISA. THIS PROCEDURE ALLOWS PARENTS TO MAKE A ONE
STOP VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES FOR THE PURPOSES OF
NATURALIZING THEIR CHILD AS A U.S. CITIZEN
It gets filed at the local office of Immigration that has jurisdiction over where the grandparent has a residence in the States. How long it takes depends on the backlog at the office where you have to file it. When it is scheduled for the interview, the child goes to the Embassy and applies for a B-2 visa. He will obviously have to go the States for the interview date. If all goes well at the interview, he will get his certificate that day and you can immediately apply for a U.S. Passport.