Certificate of Citizenship for Your Internationally Adopted Child

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Your IR-3/IH-3 child has not received a Certificate of Citizenship

If your child was admitted into the United States with an IR-3 or IH-3 visa, but has not yet received his or her Certificate of Citizenship and it has been more than 60 days since the date of entry into the United States, please write to:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Buffalo Field Office (CCA Unit)
306 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

or email childcitizenact@uscis.dhs.gov

You can also read our fact sheet, Automatic Certificate of Citizenship for IR-3 and IH-3 Visas (PDF, 93 KB), for more information.

Your child’s name changed and does not match the Certificate of Citizenship

If your child’s name legally changed after his or her entry into the United States, you may file Form N-565, Application for Replacement of Naturalization/Citizenship Document to request a new Certificate of Citizenship with your child’s new name. Follow the form instructions to file this application.

You have two options for filing your Form N-565 with USCIS:

  • Online, or
  • By mail (paper).

To file your form N-565 online you must create an online account. Having an online account will also allow you to:

  • Pay your filing fee online;
  • Check the status of your case;
  • Receive notifications and case updates;
  • Respond to requests for evidence; and
  • Manage your contact information, including updating your address.

Applicants will be required to mail their original certificates and photos, if applicable, to the Nebraska Service Center after they file their applications online electronically through their online account.

Even if you mailed us your form, you can still create a USCIS online account to track and manage your case online.

When you submit your Form N-565 through the mail, you will receive a USCIS Account Acceptance Notice in the mail with instructions on how to create a USCIS online account. We will continue processing your application even if you choose not to access your online account. We will also continue to send you copies of notifications about your case by mail through the U.S. Postal Service. Be sure to include the proper fee and evidence of your child’s legal name with your Form N-565.

Visit our contact center web page for more information.

Note for Attorneys and Accredited Representatives: If you are an attorney or accredited representative, you can also create an online account, which will allow you to manage all of your clients’ applications in one place.

Your child’s name or date of birth on their Certificate of Citizenship is incorrect or contains errors

Your child’s name and date of birth on the certificate should be the same as the information on your child’s legal documents and the immigrant visa issued by the U.S. Department of State. Unless you have legally changed your child’s name or date of birth after your child entered the United States, USCIS cannot issue a new Certificate of Citizenship with an alternate name or date of birth.

If the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Consulate, or USCIS made a clerical error, notify the USCIS Buffalo Field Office’s Child Citizenship Act Unit.

  • If you notify the Buffalo Field Office within 10 business days after the Certificate of Citizenship was postmarked, we will issue a new, corrected certificate at no cost to you.

Please write to:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Buffalo Field Office (CCA Unit)
306 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY  14202

or email childcitizenact@uscis.dhs.gov

If USCIS made a clerical error, no fee will be required. However, if the information on the Form I-600, Form I-800, or visa shows that the child’s legal name and/or date of birth is the same as indicated on the Certificate of Citizenship, we cannot issue a corrected certificate.

You have two options for filing your Form N-565 with USCIS:

  • Online, or
  • By mail (paper).

To file your form N-565 online you must create an online account. Having an online account will also allow you to:

  • Pay your filing fee online;
  • Check the status of your case;
  • Receive notifications and case updates;
  • Respond to requests for evidence; and
  • Manage your contact information, including updating your address.

Applicants will be required to mail their original certificate and photos, if applicable, to the Nebraska Service Center after they file their applications online electronically through their online account.

Even if you mailed us your form, you can still create a USCIS online account to track and manage your case online.

When you submit your Form N-565 through the mail, you will receive a USCIS Account Acceptance Notice in the mail with instructions on how to create a USCIS online account. We will continue processing your application even if you choose not to access your online account. We will also continue to send you copies of notifications about your case by mail through the U.S. Postal Service.

Note for Attorneys and Accredited Representatives: If you are an attorney or accredited representative, you can also create an online account, which will allow you to manage all of your clients’ applications in one place.

Your child’s date of birth has been legally changed

If your child’s date of birth has been changed, such as by a state court order, after his or her entry into the United States, you may file Form N-565, Application for Replacement of Naturalization/Citizenship Document.

You have two options for filing your Form N-565 with USCIS:

  • Online, or
  • By mail (paper).

To file your form N-565 online you must create an online account. Having an online account will also allow you to:

  • Pay your filing fee online;
  • Check the status of your case;
  • Receive notifications and case updates;
  • Respond to requests for evidence; and
  • Manage your contact information, including updating your address.

Applicants will be required to mail their original certificate and photos, if applicable, to the Nebraska Service Center after they file their applications online electronically through their online account.

Even if you mailed us your form, you can still create a USCIS online account to track and manage your case online.

When you submit your Form N-565 through the mail, you will receive a USCIS Account Acceptance Notice in the mail with instructions on how to create a USCIS online account. We will continue processing your application even if you choose not to access your online account. We will also continue to send you copies of notifications about your case by mail through the U.S. Postal Service.

Note for Attorneys and Accredited Representatives: If you are an attorney or accredited representative, you can also create an online account, which will allow you to manage all of your clients’ applications in one place.

Your child was found ineligible for an automatic Certificate of Citizenship

If your child was found to be ineligible for an automatic Certificate of Citizenship, you may be eligible to file one of the following forms:

You generally have two options for filing your Form N-400 with USCIS:

  • Online, or
  • By mail (paper).

If you are applying based on your military service, are applying from outside of the U.S., or are applying for a fee waiver or reduced fee, you cannot file your Form N-400 online. Please see section 2 or 3 below for how to file your form by mail.

Otherwise, you must create an online account in order to file your Form N-400 online. Having an online account will also allow you to:

  • Pay your filing fee online;
  • Check the status of your case;
  • Receive notifications and case updates;
  • View personalized case completion date estimates;
  • Respond to requests for evidence; and
  • Manage your contact information, including updating your address.

Note for Attorneys and Accredited Representatives: If you are an attorney or accredited representative, you can also create an online account, which will allow you to manage all of your clients’ applications in one place.

You lost your child’s Certificate of Citizenship

If your child’s Certificate of Citizenship is lost or destroyed, you may file Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document.

You have two options for filing your Form N-565 with USCIS:

  • Online, or
  • By mail (paper).

To file your form N-565 online you must create an online account. Having an online account will also allow you to:

  • Pay your filing fee online;
  • Check the status of your case;
  • Receive notifications and case updates;
  • Respond to requests for evidence; and
  • Manage your contact information, including updating your address.

Applicants will be required to mail their original certificate and photos, if applicable, to the Nebraska Service Center after they file their applications online electronically through their online account.

Even if you mailed us your form, you can still create a USCIS online account to track and manage your case online.

When you submit your Form N-565 through the mail, you will receive a USCIS Account Acceptance Notice in the mail with instructions on how to create a USCIS online account. We will continue processing your application even if you choose not to access your online account. We will also continue to send you copies of notifications about your case by mail through the U.S. Postal Service.

Note for Attorneys and Accredited Representatives: If you are an attorney or accredited representative, you can also create an online account, which will allow you to manage all of your clients’ applications in one place.

You adopted more than one child and have not received all of their Certificates of Citizenship

Even if your children entered the United States together, their visa packets may have been separated during the certificate preparation process. Each child’s Certificate of Citizenship will be mailed separately. Please allow up to 60 days from the date of entry into the United States to receive all of your children’s certificates from the USCIS Buffalo Field Office.

Your older child received an appointment notice from a local field office

Children ages 14 and over are required to take the Oath of Allegiance before receiving their Certificates of Citizenship. A local USCIS field office will mail a separate notice with instructions on how to schedule your child to take the Oath and receive the Certificate of Citizenship.

Please allow at least 60 days for your local field office to contact you. If you have not received an appointment notice within 60 days, please visit our contact center web page  for more information.

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