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Old 06-17-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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Default Adoption of a UK step child

I am a USA citizen who permanently resides in the United Kingdom. In
2009 I adopted my step daughter through the United Kingdom adoption
system. My partner is same sex and a United Kingdom citizen.

I wish for my step daughter to be formally acknowledged through the US
to allow her to gain a Social Security Number and eventually
citizenship. Can you please advise how I would go about doing this?
I understand that this may be more complicated than usual as my
relationship with my civil partner is not recognised by the USA
however I do not want my daughter to suffer ill because of this.

We were unaware at the time I adopted her through the UK system that
she could have had a dual adoption and was not told that her UK
adoption would not be instantly recognised in the USA.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: Adoption of a UK step child

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I am a USA citizen who permanently resides in the United Kingdom. In
2009 I adopted my step daughter through the United Kingdom adoption
system. My partner is same sex and a United Kingdom citizen.

I wish for my step daughter to be formally acknowledged through the US
to allow her to gain a Social Security Number and eventually
citizenship. Can you please advise how I would go about doing this?
I understand that this may be more complicated than usual as my
relationship with my civil partner is not recognised by the USA
however I do not want my daughter to suffer ill because of this.

We were unaware at the time I adopted her through the UK system that
she could have had a dual adoption and was not told that her UK
adoption would not be instantly recognised in the USA.
In order for a foreign-born child living outside the United States to acquire citizenship, the U.S. citizen parent must still apply for naturalization on behalf of the child. The naturalization process for such a child cannot take place overseas. The child will need to be in the United States temporarily to complete naturalization processing and take the oath of allegiance.

To be eligible, a child must meet the following requirements:
  • The child has at least one U.S. citizen parent who is a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization;
  • The U.S. citizen parent has been physically present in the United States for at least five years, at least two of which were after the age of 14, or the U.S. citizen parent has a citizen parent who has been physically present in the United States for at least five years, at least two of which were after the age of 14;
  • The child is under 18 years of age;
  • The child is residing outside the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent;
  • The child is temporarily present in the United States, having entered the United States lawfully and maintaining lawful status in the United States; and
  • The child meets the requirements applicable to adopted children under immigration law.

Bottom line is that nothing is going to happen until the child has established permanent residency in the U.S. You cannot obtain her U.S. citizenship while still living in the U.K.

Do you and your partner plan to come to the U.S. or remain in the U.K.?
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