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Automatic Acquisition of Citizenship for Adopted Child

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Hello,

My wife and I are USC through naturalization long time ago. Back in 2005, we adopted a boy when we were visiting our homeland. My adopted son then got an F1 visa to study abroad in the U.S. in 2008 when he was 15. Prior to this time, we hadn't filed adoption paper in the U.S., so we went ahead and did so as soon as he arrived here. The re-adoption was full and final before my adopted son turned 16. We then applied a permanent resident card for our son. However, he received his green card about 8 months after he had turned 18. That is the thing that gets me confused. So, my question is: did my adopted son automatically become a U.S. citizen?
Thank you in advance!!

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How did he acquire a green card? Did he enter on an immigrant visa, or was it granted through adjustment of status? If he entered on an immigrant visa, how old was he on the day he entered the US? If through AoS, how old was he on the day his I-485 was approved?


Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

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How did he acquire a green card? Did he enter on an immigrant visa, or was it granted through adjustment of status? If he entered on an immigrant visa, how old was he on the day he entered the US? If through AoS, how old was he on the day his I-485 was approved?

He acquired his green card through AoS, and it was approved when he was 18 (few months after his 18th birthday).

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Then no, he did not automatically acquire citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act.


Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

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