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.  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 [12 USCIS-PM G.3(F)].
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.  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)) [12 USCIS-PM I.9(D)].
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 [12 USCIS-PM G.3(F)].
POLICY ALERT – Effect of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) on Immigration and Acquisition of Citizenship Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
October 28, 2014
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance relating to the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).
- 12 USCIS-PM H - Children of U.S. Citizens
- 12 USCIS-PM H.2 - Definition of Child for Citizenship and Naturalization
- 12 USCIS-PM H.3 - United States Citizens at Birth (INA 301 and 309)
- 12 USCIS-PM H.4 - Automatic Acquisition of Citizenship after Birth (INA 320)
- 12 USCIS-PM H.5 - Child Residing Outside of the United States (INA 322)
POLICY ALERT – Comprehensive Citizenship and Naturalization Policy Guidance
January 07, 2013
USCIS is issuing updated and comprehensive citizenship and naturalization policy guidance in the new USCIS Policy Manual.
- INA 101(c) - Definition of child for citizenship and naturalization