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Question About US Work Permit For Australian Citizen

Carol asks…

How can I become a US citizen if I was born there?

Okay, I’m 15 and was born in North Carolina- however my parents were/are Australian citizens and made me an Australian citizen instead of an American one. I’ve spent pretty much my whole life however living in Singapore (currently am) and have formed a connection with America over Australia and would like to look into becoming an American citizen or at least dual national?

How much easier will the process be because I was born in America and what will it entail? Thank you 🙂
No I am NOT an American citizen right now- as I said above my parents made me an Australian citizen instead when I was born.

Best Answer:

Because you were born in the USA you are automatically a US citizen. You being a US citizen required no action from your parents, it is automatic. They may never have gotten you a US passport, but that does not mean you are not a US citizen. To live and work in the US all you need to do is get your US passport. (all US citizens have to enter and leave the US using a US passport). You are as much a US citizen as any other person born in the US.
If you are already a Australian citizen, then you are indeed a dual citizen. You are Australian/US citizen.


Your parents have NO say, ZERO, natta, as to whether you are an American citizen. BEING BORN IN THE US MAKES YOU AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. They may mistakenly think because they also got you Australian citizenship that it cancelled out the American citizenship…it did NOT! You have been an American citizen since the day you were born. NO ONE can take that away. Not even parents. The ONLY way for you to cease being an American citizen is to renounce your US citizenship yourself once you are 18. Your parents cannot do it for you.
If you do not believe US that you are an American citizen, pick up the phone and call the American consulate there and ask. I know 100% without a shadow of a doubt, you are an American citizen.

Dual Nationality

The U.S. Government recognizes the existence of dual nationality and permits Americans to have other nationalities; however they also recognize the problems which it may cause, and therefore does not encourage it as a matter of policy. Please carefully review the Department of State’s information regarding Dual Nationality.


In accordance with the Citizenship Clause, part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, citizenship may be acquired automatically at birth or through the process of naturalization: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

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