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Volume16
Year2007
TitleDerivative Citizenship Through Parents
Author(s)Sungjee Lee
First Page43
AbstractThe common law doctrine of jus soli determines an individual's citizenship by place of birth. The Fourteenth Amendment adds naturalization to this citizenship doctrine. Federal statutes provide additional methods for obtaining "derivative" U.S. citizenship. For example, several statutes enable parents to confer U.S. citizenship on their children who are born outside the United States. In discussing this derivative citizenship, I will be assuming that the child is covered by the current version of the Immigration and Nationality Act.