1. Gather your documents:
You will need to provide various documents to prove your relationship to your child and to show that you meet the citizenship requirements. The documents you provide will vary depending on your situation, but may include your child's birth certificate, your marriage certificate, and proof of your U.S. citizenship.
2. Collect required information:
You will also need to provide some information about yourself and your child, including your child's full name, date of birth, and country of birth.
3. Complete the I-130 form:
The I-130 form is the main document you will need to submit with your application. You will need to provide information about yourself, your spouse (if applicable), and your child. You will also need to provide proof of your relationship and of your U.S. citizenship.
4. Include evidence of relationship:
Along with the I-130 form, you will need to submit evidence of your relationship to your child. This may include documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, or adoption papers.
5. Mail application and supporting documents:
Once you have assembled all of the required documents and information, you can send them in to the USCIS for processing. You can find the mailing address on the I-130 form itself. Be sure to include a check or money order for the filing fee, which is currently $535 per application.
6. Pay the filing fee:
The filing fee for an I-130 application is currently $535 per application. You can pay by check or money order, payable to the "U.S. Department of Homeland Security."
7. Monitor application status:
After submitting your application, be sure to monitor its status online using the USCIS Case Status Tool . You will need to enter your case number and Alien Registration Number (if available) to view its progress.
8. Receive U.S. citizenship for your child:
After all of the required processing is complete, USCIS will notify you that your child has been granted U.S. citizenship.