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Child will be born in Taiwan. How to make him American?

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Child will be born in Taiwan. How to make him American?

Postby Damage » 19 Jul 2012, 12:12

Hi. Our baby will be born at the end of this year. I did a bit of searching but couldn't find the answer. After he or she is born, how do I get American citizenship for him/her? I guess I will have to go to AIT at some point and apply. Is there a time limit for this? What do I need to bring? After this, will he/she have dual citizenship? Thank you.
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Re: Child will be born in Taiwan. How to make him American?

Postby Tempo Gain » 19 Jul 2012, 14:19

Have you asked AIT? It's not a complicated procedure, at least it wasn't, and I doubt that's changed. The only catch I remember was if the US citizen parent hadn't spent enough time in the US. It wasn't any kind of onerous requirement though; by far most people would qualify. They will give you the exact details of course. You can check online I'm sure, it's called a "Report of American Citizen Birth Abroad" or something similar.
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Re: Child will be born in Taiwan. How to make him American?

Postby 914 » 19 Jul 2012, 14:33

Easiest thing I've done in TW since the birth of our bb a few weeks ago with regards to getting her legal documents. TW bureaucracy, on the other hand, is a whole other bag of ridiculousness.

Go on AIT's website, make an appt for birth abroad after your bb is born. All the docs u need to bring in, fill out, are on that site. We got the passport in a week, along with certificate of birth, and are still waiting on the SS card, which typically takes a tad longer than the passport.

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Re: Child will be born in Taiwan. How to make him American?

Postby Damage » 19 Jul 2012, 16:02

Excellent. Thank you!
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Re: Child will be born in Taiwan. How to make him American?

Postby kaikai34 » 19 Jul 2012, 22:54

The hard part is proving that you resided in the US for at least 5 years with at least 2 years after the age of 14. Bills will not work. I had to bring both my high school and college transcripts because high school only = 32 months due to summer and winter breaks. Other than that, it was pretty straightforward.

http://acs.ait.org.tw/report-birth-abroad.html
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Re: Child will be born in Taiwan. How to make him American?

Postby achdizzy1099 » 19 Jul 2012, 23:07

914 wrote:Easiest thing I've done in TW since the birth of our bb a few weeks ago ......TW bureaucracy, on the other hand, is a whole other bag of ridiculousness....


God Bless America :America:

A country where, 9 times zones removed, it's easier to become a citizen than the one you were actually born in!

Lord knows Taiwan wouldn't want all those Americans sneaking in and taking advantage of this sweet Taiwan freedom and oportunity :whistle:

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Re: Child will be born in Taiwan. How to make him American?

Postby Damage » 20 Jul 2012, 00:19

kaikai34 wrote:The hard part is proving that you resided in the US for at least 5 years with at least 2 years after the age of 14. Bills will not work. I had to bring both my high school and college transcripts because high school only = 32 months due to summer and winter breaks. Other than that, it was pretty straightforward.

http://acs.ait.org.tw/report-birth-abroad.html



Ugh. That's gonna be a pain in the ass. Thanks for the link.
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Re: Child will be born in Taiwan. How to make him American?

Postby Incubus » 20 Jul 2012, 14:13

Damage wrote:
kaikai34 wrote:The hard part is proving that you resided in the US for at least 5 years with at least 2 years after the age of 14. Bills will not work. I had to bring both my high school and college transcripts because high school only = 32 months due to summer and winter breaks. Other than that, it was pretty straightforward.

http://acs.ait.org.tw/report-birth-abroad.html


Ugh. That's gonna be a pain in the ass. Thanks for the link.

In addition to my college transcript and diploma, I wrote my high school principal and asked if he could write a letter certifying my presence in the school for the years I attended. He was glad to help and sent me the letter complete with an embossed seal. My advice is produce as much evidence as possible, the more official-looking the better.
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Re: Child will be born in Taiwan. How to make him American?

Postby kaikai34 » 20 Jul 2012, 20:29

I asked my mom to send me all my documents she had put away for me over the years. I brought pretty much everything from my 1st grade perfect attendance certificate to my 3rd grade spelling bee badge.
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Re: Child will be born in Taiwan. How to make him American?

Postby Dr. McCoy » 20 Jul 2012, 22:40

All you have to do is to keep him overweight and undereducated.
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