Legal Question in Immigration Law in Missouri

My sister was born in Switzerland. Her mother is a US citizen so my sister was born American. Assuming that she stays in Europe, will her kids automatically become US citizens?

Asked on 10/07/13, 8:01 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Marlene Hemmings Marlene Hemmings, Attorney at Law

One does not automatically become a citizen if they are not born in the United States, even to a U.S. citizen parent(s). Her children would not automatically become U.S. citizens either. Different determining factors include if the parents were married, if the father was a U.S. citizen, if any of them ever lived in the U.S., if the child ever lived with the U.S. citizen parent, etc.

I recommend that your sister contact the U.S. Consulate in the country that she is living in for more information, or contact a U.S. Immigration Attorney for a more detailed evaluation of her circumstances.

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Answered on 10/08/13, 10:06 am


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