You may have a claim to citizenship if you were born in the United States, or if you were born outside the United States to U.S. citizen parent(s) who meet certain physical presence requirements.
A derivative claim to U.S. citizenship depends on the existence of a genetic or gestational relationship between the applicant and the U.S. citizen parent. Therefore, adopted children do not acquire citizenship automatically upon adoption. However, they may be eligible for citizenship through naturalization if they have been processed for an immigrant visa.
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Apply for Citizenship
Individuals who have previously been documented as U.S. citizens:
If you have previously been issued any of the following documents, you may immediately begin your application for your first U.S. passport. If you are no longer in possession of any of these documents, you must obtain a certified copy from the issuing authority.
- A U.S. Birth Certificate:
For certified copies, please contact the state in which you were born. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a list of state contact information for this purpose;
- A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240):
For information on how to obtain certified copies of FS-240 please visit the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage “Replace or Amend a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)”;
- A Certification of Birth (Form FS-545 or DS-1350):
The Department of State no longer issues Certifications of Reports of Birth (DS-1350). However, all previously issued DS-1350s are still valid for proof of identity, citizenship and other legal purposes;
- A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship:
For information on how to apply for a certificate of citizenship please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpage “N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship”;
- A U.S. Naturalization Certificate:
For more information on how to obtain certified copies of your naturalization certificate please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpage “How Do I Obtain Certified True Copies of a Certificate of Naturalization?”;
- A Passport of Your U.S. Citizen Parent(s) in which you are included:
For copies of your parents’ passport records, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage “Obtain Copies of Passport Records”.
Once you are in possession of one of the above listed documents, please see our instructions provided at our webpage “Passports” to apply for a U.S. passport.
Individuals who have never been documented as U.S. citizens:
If you were born outside the United States, have not been previously documented as a U.S. citizen, and are:
If you wish to renounce your citizenship, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage “Renunciation of U.S. Nationality.” If you reside in Albania and have any questions or you wish to renounce your U.S. citizenship at the Embassy in Tirana, please email ACSTirana@state.gov for further information.