TN 1 (11-09)

RM 10210.530 Secondary Level Evidence of U.S. Citizenship for a Foreign Born U.S. Adopted Applicant

If a foreign-born adopted child does not have primary evidence of citizenship readily available, determine if one of the States listed in this section issued a birth certificate to the child.

In some States, a child adopted abroad must be readopted in the U.S.

In some States, when a foreign-born child is adopted, the State issues the child a new birth certificate.

Accept a State-issued birth certificate as secondary level evidence of U.S. citizenship if

the U.S. public birth certificate:

  • Is an original document and

  • Shows a foreign place of birth and

  • Meets one of the descriptions in the following table and

  • Shows the child's adoptive name.

State

Accept ONLY when ...

Louisiana

The birth certificate does not contain the statement “not proof of citizenship.” The State does not add this statement if the applicant proved U.S. citizenship when applying for the new birth certificate.

Nevada

The birth certificate does not contain a statement that the document does not establish U.S. citizenship. The State does not add this statement if the applicant proved U.S. citizenship when applying for the new birth certificate.

New Jersey

The birth certificate does not contain the statement “by adoption.” The State does not add this statement if the applicant proved U.S. citizenship when applying for the new birth certificate.

Wisconsin

The birth certificate was issued before November 1, 1986. Before November 1, 1986, Wisconsin issued birth certificates to foreign-born individuals only when proof of U.S. citizenship was provided.


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http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0110210530
RM 10210.530 - Secondary Level Evidence of U.S. Citizenship for a Foreign Born U.S. Adopted Applicant - 05/17/2010
Batch run: 05/17/2010
Rev:05/17/2010