Upon approval of the application (which may be filed from abroad) and, except as provided in the last sentence of section 1448(a) of this title, upon taking and subscribing before an officer of the Service within the United States to the oath of allegiance required by this chapter of an applicant for naturalization, the child shall become a citizen of the United States and shall be furnished by the Attorney General with a certificate of citizenship.
This chapter, referred to in subsec. (b), was in the original, “this Act”, meaning act June 27, 1952, ch. 477, 66 Stat. 163, known as the Immigration and Nationality Act, which is classified principally to this chapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1101 of this title and Tables.
2008—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 110–181 added subsec. (d).
2002—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107–273, § 11030B(1), in introductory provisions, inserted “(or, if the citizen parent has died during the preceding 5 years, a citizen grandparent or citizen legal guardian)” after “citizen of the United States” and substituted “such applicant” for “such parent”.
Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 107–273, § 11030B(2), inserted “(or, at the time of his or her death, was)” after “parent”.
Subsec. (a)(2)(A). Pub. L. 107–273, § 11030B(3)(A), inserted “(or, at the time of his or her death, had)” after “(A) has”.
Subsec. (a)(2)(B). Pub. L. 107–273, § 11030B(3)(B), inserted “(or, at the time of his or her death, had)” after “(B) has”.
Subsec. (a)(4). Pub. L. 107–273, § 11030B(4), amended par. (4) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (4) read as follows: “The child is residing outside of the United States in the legal and physical custody of the citizen parent, is temporarily present in the United States pursuant to a lawful admission, and is maintaining such lawful status.”
Subsec. (a)(5). Pub. L. 107–273, § 11030B(5), added par. (5).
2000—Pub. L. 106–395 amended section catchline and text generally, revising and restating provisions relating to acquisition of certificate of citizenship for certain children born outside the United States.
1999—Subsec. (a)(4). Pub. L. 106–139 substituted “16 years (except to the extent that the child is described in clause (ii) of subparagraph (E) or (F) of section 1101(b)(1) of this title)” for “16 years” and “either of such subparagraphs” for “subparagraph (E) or (F) of section 1101(b)(1) of this title”.
1994—Pub. L. 103–416 amended section generally, substituting present provisions for former provisions which related to: in subsec. (a) naturalization on application of citizen parents; in subsec. (b) adopted children; and subsec. (c) specified period of residence for adopted children.
1991—Pub. L. 102–232 amended section catchline.
1990—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 101–649, § 407(c)(6), substituted “applying” for “petitioning” and “application” for “petition”.
Pub. L. 101–649, § 407(c)(6), substituted “applies” for “petitions”.
1981—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 97–116, § 18(m), substituted “an adopted child only if the child” for “a child adopted while under the age of sixteen years who”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 97–116, § 18(n), added subsec. (c).
1978—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 95–417 substituted provisions making subsec. (a) of this section applicable to adopted children for provisions making subsec. (a) of this section inapplicable to adopted children.
Amendment by Pub. L. 110–181 effective Jan. 28, 2008, and applicable to any application for naturalization or issuance of a certificate of citizenship pending on or after such date, see section 674(d) of Pub. L. 110–181, set out as a note under section 1430 of this title.
Amendment by Pub. L. 106–395 effective 120 days after Oct. 30, 2000, and applicable to individuals who satisfy the requirements of this section or section 1431 of this title as in effect on such effective date, see section 104 of Pub. L. 106–395, set out as a note under section 1431 of this title.
Pub. L. 102–232, title III, § 305(m), Dec. 12, 1991, 105 Stat. 1750, provided that the amendment made by section 305(m) is effective as if included in section 407(d) of the Immigration Act of 1990, Pub. L. 101–649.
Amendment by Pub. L. 100–525 effective as if included in the enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1986, Pub. L. 99–653, see section 309(b)(15) of Pub. L. 102–232, set out as an Effective and Termination Dates of 1988 Amendments note under section 1101 of this title.
Pub. L. 103–416, title I, § 102(e), as added by Pub. L. 104–208, div. C, title VI, § 671(b)(2), Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009–721, which provided that in applying amendment made by subsection (a), amending this section, to children born before Nov. 14, 1986, any reference in matter inserted by such amendment to “five years, at least two of which” was deemed a reference to “10 years, at least 5 of which”, was repealed by Pub. L. 105–38, § 1, Aug. 8, 1997, 111 Stat. 1115, effective as if included in the enactment of Pub. L. 103–416.
 So in original. The word “is” probably should appear after “parent”.