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Chapter 6: Special Provisions for the Naturalization of Children 

A. Battered Children

The child of a U.S. citizen may naturalize if he or she obtained LPR status on the basis of having been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by their citizen spouse or parent.[1] For a more thorough discussion of this provision, see Part G, Spouses of U.S. Citizens, Chapter 3, Spouses of U.S. Citizens Residing in the United States, Section F, Eligibility for Persons Subjected to Battering or Extreme Cruelty.

B. Surviving Child of Members of the Armed Forces

The surviving child of a member of the U.S. armed forces may naturalize if his or her citizen parent dies during a period of honorable military service.[2] For a more detailed discussion of this provision, see Part I, Military Members and their Families, Chapter 9, Spouses, Children, and Surviving Family Benefits, Section D, Naturalization for Surviving Spouse, Child, or Parent of Service Member (INA 319(d)).



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January 7, 2013

Comprehensive Citizenship and Naturalization Policy Guidance

​USCIS is issuing updated and comprehensive citizenship and naturalization policy guidance in the new USCIS Policy Manual.

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Current as of April 8, 2014