|Passports for US citizen children||| Print ||
|Friday, 04 November 2011|
A: A child born in the US automatically has US citizenship, irrespective of the parents’ citizenship (exception: children of foreign diplomats). But because of child custody and support issues, the US Passport Office in the State Department has set out strict requirements for the issuance of US passports to enable children under the age of 16 to travel abroad:
1. Both parents must appear together and sign the application for the child; or
2. One parent appears, signs the application, and submits the second parent's notarized “Statement of Consent: Issue of a Passport to a Minor Under age 16,” Form DS-3053, authorizing passport issuance for the child; or
3. One parent appears, signs, and submits required evidence of sole authority to apply (such as one of the following):
A third party acting “in loco parentis” (that is, acting by law in the place of the parents) and applying on behalf of a minor under the age of 16 must submit a notarized affidavit from both parents or legal guardians authorizing the third party to apply for a passport. When the statement or affidavit is from only one parent/guardian, the third party must present evidence that the authorizing parent/guardian has sole custody of the child.
Note that these requirements apply to all US citizen children under 16, irrespective of their place of birth or the citizenship of their parents.
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Disclaimer: These articles are published to inform generally, not to advise in individual cases. Immigration law is always subject to change. US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the US Department of State regularly amend regulations and alter processing and filing procedures. For legal advice seek the assistance of an IIIC immigration specialist or an immigration lawyer.
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