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Form N-600K

Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322, is used by children who were born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent, and who are seeking U.S. citizenship. This form allows eligible children to obtain a Certificate of Citizenship without having to live in the United States for a specific period. It's a crucial form for parents who want to secure U.S. citizenship for their children born abroad, ensuring they have all the rights and privileges that come with being a U.S. citizen.

What is the N-600K Form Used For?

The N-600K form is used to apply for U.S. citizenship for a child born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent. It allows the child to acquire citizenship and receive a Certificate of Citizenship without the need to meet residency requirements typically required for naturalization.

What is the Difference Between N-600K and N-600?

The primary difference between the N-600K and N-600 forms lies in their use:

  • N-600K: Used for children born outside the U.S. to a U.S. citizen parent who wants to obtain citizenship without residing in the U.S.

  • N-600: Used to obtain a Certificate of Citizenship for individuals who already acquired citizenship at birth or automatically after birth but need official documentation.

Who is Eligible for Form N-600?

To be eligible for Form N-600, the applicant must:

  • Be under 18 years of age.

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen parent.

  • Reside in the U.S. in the legal and physical custody of their U.S. citizen parent.

  • Meet specific requirements for derivative citizenship, either by birth or through a parent's naturalization.

How Much Does the N-600 Form Cost?

The filing fee for Form N-600 is $1,170. This fee is required to process the application and issue the Certificate of Citizenship.

How Long Does It Take to Get N-600 Approved?

The processing time for Form N-600 can vary, but it generally takes between 6 to 14 months. This timeframe can be affected by factors such as the volume of applications received by USCIS and whether the application is complete and accurate.

What Happens if USCIS Approves My Form N-600?

If USCIS approves your Form N-600, you will receive a Certificate of Citizenship. This certificate serves as official proof of your U.S. citizenship, granting you all the rights and privileges that come with being a U.S. citizen, including the ability to obtain a U.S. passport, vote in U.S. elections, and access other benefits reserved for citizens.

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