TN 1 (11-09)

RM 10210.515 Secondary Level Evidence of U.S. Citizenship for a Foreign Born Applicant

Secondary level evidence for a foreign-born applicant (definition and rules)

  • Is an original document, and

  • Is a non-SSA document established for a reason other than to establish U.S. citizenship, and

  • Is of a satisfactory probative value only when primary level evidence is not readily available.

If the applicant has no primary or secondary level evidence, see RM 10210.535.

Document

Explanation, Rules, and References

Evidence from one of the following places and date of birth is prior to the place becoming part of the U.S.:

  • Puerto Rico

  • Virgin Islands of the U.S.

  • Guam

  • Northern Mariana Islands

  • American Samoa

Collective citizenship may apply. For the evidence required, see GN 00303.300H.

Evidence showing foreign born to a U.S. citizen parent(s)

Derivative citizenship may apply. For the evidence required, see GN 00303.300I.

Evidence showing foreign born in the Canal Zone or Republic of Panama

Derivative citizenship may apply. For the evidence required, see GN 00303.300I.

Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570) showing the applicant as the certificate owner’s child

Derivative citizenship may apply. For the evidence requirements, see GN 00303.300I.

U.S. birth record showing a foreign place of birth

Acceptable only from the States of Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, and Wisconsin when certain rules are met. For additional document requirements, see RM 10210.530.

Marriage before 9/22/1922 to a male U.S. citizen

GN 00303.300K., Policy - Secondary Evidence: U.S. Citizenship by Marriage


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RM 10210.515 - Secondary Level Evidence of U.S. Citizenship for a Foreign Born Applicant - 06/22/2011
Batch run: 06/22/2011
Rev:06/22/2011