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Chart One: For people born before May 24, 1934

Note: These charts do not cover every exception and limitation to the rules in the charts. If you meet all the requirements in the appropriate portion of the chart, you MIGHT be a
U.S. citizen.
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5
At the Time of Your At the Time of Your At the Time of Your At the time of Your Birth, If at the time of Your Birth,
Birth, Birth, Birth, One Parent a U.S. Your Mother a U.S. Citizen; Your Father a U.S. Citizen;
Both of Your Parents One of Your Parents a Citizen; Parents Not Married. Parents Not Married
U.S. Citizens U.S. Citizen; One Parent Not a U.S.
One of Your Parents a Citizen or U.S. National
U.S. National
• Must show both • Must show one of • Must show that one • Must show that mother • Must show that father
parents U.S. citizens at your parents was a U.S. of your parents was a was a U.S. citizen at the was a U.S. citizen at the
the time of your birth. citizen and one of your U.S. citizen at the time time of your birth. time of your birth. And that
• Can apply for parents was a U.S. of your birth. • Must show that U.S. he complied with all
citizenship through national at the time of • Must show U.S. citizen mother resided in requirements for descent of
either mother or father. your birth. citizen parent resided in the U.S. (or certain citizenship through U.S.
• Must show that the • Must show that the the U.S. (or certain possessions after certain citizen father. (Chart 1, 2
parent through whom U.S. citizen parent possessions after certain dates) at any time prior to or 3)
you are applying, resided in the U.S. (or dates) at any time prior your birth. Parent’s • Must show that U.S.
resided in the U.S. (or certain possessions after to your birth. Parent’s residence must have been citizen father legitimated
certain possessions after certain dates) at any time residence must have more than a few hours but you prior to the date you
certain dates) at any time prior to your birth. been more than a few need not be more than two apply for citizenship
prior to your birth. Parent’s residence must hours but need not be a days. through him. The
Parent’s residence must have been more than a certain number of days. • You cannot have been legitimation must meet the
have been more than a few hours but need not legitimated by your father requirements of the law of
few hours but need not be a certain number of prior to January 13, 1941. the father’s domicile.
be a certain number of days.
days.

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FIRR–-- last updated July 2001
Chart Two: For people born on or after May 24, 1934 and before January 14, 1941
Note: These charts do not cover every exception and limitation to the rules in the charts. If you meet all the requirements in the appropriate portion of the chart, you MIGHT be a
U.S. citizen.
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5
At the Time of Your At the Time of Your At the Time of Your Birth, At the time of Your If at the time of Your
Birth, Birth, One Parent a U.S. Citizen; Birth, Your Mother a Birth, Your Father a U.S.
Both of Your Parents One of Your Parents a One Parent Not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. U.S. Citizen; Citizen;
U.S. Citizens U.S. Citizen; National Parents Not Married. Parents Not Married
One of Your Parents a
U.S. National
• Must show both • Must show that • Must show that U.S. citizen parent • Must show that • Must show that father
parents U.S. one parent a U.S. lived in the U.S. at any time prior to mother was a U.S. was a U.S. citizen at the
citizens at the time citizen and one parent your birth. citizen at the time of time of your birth and that
of your birth. a U.S. national at the Must show that either (A) your birth. he complied with all
• Can apply for time of your birth. 1. you entered the U.S. before the age • Must show that U.S. requirements for descent
citizenship through • Must show that of 23; and citizen mother resided of citizenship through
either mother or father. U.S. citizen parent 2. immediately after your entry, you in the U.S. (or certain U.S. citizen father. (Chart
• Must show that resided in the U.S. (or were continuously present in the U.S. possessions after certain 1, 2, or 3)
either one of your certain possessions for 5 years between the age of 14 and dates) at any time prior • Must show that U.S.
parents resided in the after certain dates) at 28, and you were not absent form the to your birth. Parent’s citizen father legiti-mated
U.S. (or certain any time prior to your U.S. for a year or more during that residence must have you prior to date you
possessions after birth. Parent’s time. been more than a few apply for citizen-ship.
certain dates) at any residence must have OR you must show (B): hours but need not be a The legitimation must
time prior to your been more than a few you were continuously physically specific number of days. meet the require-ments of
birth. Parent’s hours but need not be present in the U.S. for two years the law of the father’s
residence must have a certain number of between the age of 14 and 28 with no domicile.
been more than a few days. absences over 60 days. • You might have to
hours but need not be NOTE: There may be an exception show that you were
a certain number of to these requirements if you did not continuously present in
days. know that you had a claim to U.S. the U.S. for a certain
citizenship until after you turned 28. period of time if you were
legitimated by your father
at a certain age.

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Chart Three: For people born on or after January 14, 1941 and before December 24, 1952
Note: These charts do not cover every exception and limitation to the rules in the charts. If you meet all the requirements in the appropriate portion of the chart, you MIGHT be a
U.S. citizen.
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5
At the Time of Your At the Time of Your At the Time of Your Birth, At the time of Your If at the time of Your
Birth, Birth, One Parent a U.S. Citizen; Birth, Your Mother a Birth, Your Father a
Both of Your One of Your Parents a One Parent Not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. U.S. Citizen; U.S. Citizen;
Parents U.S. U.S. Citizen; One of National Parents Not Married. Parents Not Married
Citizens Your Parents a U.S.
National
• Must show both • Must show that • Can apply for citizenship through U.S. citizen • Must show that • Must show that
parents U.S. one parent a U.S. parent only. mother was a U.S. father was a U.S.C. at
• If you were born outside the U.S., you must
citizens at the time citizen and one show that U.S. citizen parent resided in the U.S. or
citizen at the time of the time of your birth
of your birth. parent a U.S. 1 of its possessions for 10 years prior to your date your birth. and that he complied
• Must show that national at the time of birth. At least 5 of the 10 years, must have been • Must show that U.S. with requirements for
either one of your of your birth. after your U.S. citizen parent turned 16 years old. citizen mother resided descent of citizenship
parents resided in • Must show that • If you were born before October 10, 1952, in the United States through U.S.C. father.
you also must show that either A:
the U.S. (or certain U.S. citizen parent 1. you entered the U.S. before the age of 23; and
some time before your (Chart 1,2 or 3)
possessions after resided in the U.S. 2. immediately after your entry, you were birth. • Must show that prior
certain dates) at any (or certain continuously present in the U.S. for 5 years to the date you turned
time prior to your possessions after between the age of 14 and 28, and you were not 21, your U.S. citizen
birth. The parent certain dates) at any absent from the U.S. for a year or more during that father legitimated you
time.
does not need to time prior to your or established that he is
OR you must show B:
have lived in the birth. Parent’s you were continuously physically present in the
your father through a
U.S. for specified residence must U.S. for two years between the age of 14 and 28 court proceeding.
period of time, but have been more with no absences over 60 days. • According to the
at the time the than a few hours NOTE: There may be an exception to these INS, the legitimation
requirements if you did not know that you had a
parent lived in the but need not be a claim to U.S. citizenship until after you turned 28.
must meet the
U.S., he or she had certain number of OR you must show C: requirements of the law
to have the U.S. as days. You were born in one of the U.S.’s outlying of the father’s domicile.
his or her principal possessions to one U.S. citizen parent and that
home. parent resided in the U.S. or any of its outlying
possessions at any point prior to your birth.

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Chart Four: For people born on or after December 24, 1952 and before November 14, 1986
Note: These charts do not cover every exception and limitation to the rules in the charts. If you meet all the requirements in the appropriate portion of the chart, you MIGHT be a
U.S. citizen.
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5
At the Time of Your At the Time of Your At the Time of Your Birth, At the time of Your If at the time of Your
Birth, Birth, One Parent a U.S. Citizen; Birth, Your Mother a Birth, Your Father a
Both of Your Parents One of Your Parents a One Parent Not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Citizen; U.S. Citizen;
U.S. Citizens U.S. Citizen; U.S. National Parents Not Married. Parents Not Married
One of Your Parents a
U.S. National
• Must show both • Must show that Can apply for citizenship
• • Must show that • Must show that
parents U.S. citizens at one of your parents a
through U.S. citizen parent only. mother was a U.S. father was a U.S. citizen
the time of your birth. U.S. citizen and one
• You must show A: citizen at the time of at the time of your birth.
• Must show that parent a U.S. national
Your U.S. citizen parent was your birth. And that he complied
either one of your at the time of your
physically present in the U.S. or • Must show that U.S. with all requirements
parents resided in the birth. one of its possessions for 10 years citizen mother was for descent of citizen-
U.S. or one of its • Must show thatprior to your date of birth. At least physically present in the ship through U.S.
possessions at any U.S. citizen parent was
5 of the 10 years, must have been U.S. or one of its citizen father. (Chart 1,
time prior to your physically present in
after your U.S. citizen parent possessions for a 2 or 3)
birth. The parent does the U.S. or one of its
turned 14 years old. The parent’s continuous period of • Must show that prior
not need to have lived possessions for at least
years in the U.S. do not need to one year at any time to the date you turned
in the U.S. for one continuous year
have been continuous. prior to your birth. 21 years old, your U.S.
specified period of prior to your birth.
OR You must show B: citizen father
time, but at some point You were born in one of the U.S.’s legitimated you.
prior to your birth, the outlying possessions, and your According to the
parent had to have the U.S. citizen parent was Immigration Service,
U.S. as his or her continuously physically present in the legitimation must
principal home. the U.S. or any of its outlying have been according to
possessions for one year at any the law of your father’s
point prior to your birth. domicile.
Note: physical presence means any time spent in U.S. or certain possessions even when parent not living in U.S.

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Chart Five: For people born on or after November 14, 1986
Note: These charts do not cover every exception and limitation to the rules in the charts. If you meet all the requirements in the appropriate portion of the chart, you MIGHT be a
U.S. citizen.
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5
At the Time of Your At the Time of Your At the Time of Your Birth, One At the time of Your If at the time of Your
Birth, Birth, Parent a U.S. Citizen; One Parent Birth, Your Mother a Birth, Your Father a U.S.
Both of Your Parents One of Your Parents a Not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National U.S. Citizen; Citizen;
U.S. Citizens U.S. Citizen; One of Parents Not Married. Parents Not Married
Your Parents a U.S.
National
• Must show both • Must show that • Can apply for citizenship • Must show that • Must show that father
parents U.S. citizens at one of your parents a through U.S. citizen parent only. mother was a U.S. was a U.S. citizen at the
the time of your birth. U.S. citizen and one of • If you were born outside the citizen at the time of time of your birth. And
• Must show that your parents a U.S. U.S., you must show that your your birth. that he complied with all
either one of your national at the time U.S. citizen parent was physically • Must show that requirements for descent
parents resided in the you were born. present in the U.S. or one of its U.S. citizen mother of citizenship through
U.S. or one of its • Must show that possessions for 5 years prior to was physically present U.S. citizen father. (Chart
possessions at any U.S. citizen parent was your date of birth. At least 2 of in the U.S. or one of 1, 2 or 3)
time prior to your physically present in the 5 years must have been after its possessions for a • Must show that before
birth. The parent need the U.S. or one of its your U.S. citizen parent turned 14 continuous period of you turned 18 years old,
not have lived in the possessions for at least years old. one year prior to your (1) your father
U.S. for specified one continuous year OR birth. legitimated you or (2) he
period of time, but at prior to your birth. • You were born in one of the acknowledged that he
some point prior to U.S.’s outlying possessions and was your father under
your birth, the parent your U.S. citizen parent was oath or a competent court
must have had the U.S. continuously physically present in established that he was
as his or her principal the U.S. or any of its outlying your father AND you
home. possessions for one year at any must show that your
point prior to your birth. father agreed in writing to
support you financially
until you turned 18 years
old.
Note: physical presence means any time spent in U.S. or certain possessions even when parent not living in U.S.

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