Acquisition of citizenship refers to the mechanism by which certain foreign-born children acquire citizenship automatically by virtue of being born to parents who are U.S. citizens. Pursuant to the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, if a child satisfies certain requirements, he or she acquires U.S. citizenship by operation of law either on the day of admission to the United States or on the day that the last condition for acquiring citizenship is satisfied.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
When a child born outside the United States becomes a U.S. citizen by virtue of having a U.S. citizen parent or parents. The exact legal requirements depend upon the year in which the child was born, and the laws that were in effect then.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:10 pm