Adopting a child is an incredibly stressful process, especially if you choose to adopt from another country. Though the reward of giving a child a family is immeasurable, international adoption often requires an intense commitment in the form of time, energy and money. You'll also need to pay extra-special attention to your new child's citizenship status and the associated paperwork. When it comes time to get your child a US passport, additional documentation is often required. Here's what you need to avoid delays and added frustration when getting a passport for a child adopted overseas: Citizenship To qualify for a US passport, the child must be a US citizen. Fortunately, since 2001, children adopted overseas by US citizen parents automatically become citizens, saving adoptive
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Adopting a child is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, it can be a rather bureaucratic process even under the best of circumstances. Compared to biological parents, adoptive parents often have to deal with an extra layer of red tape, especially if they adopted their child from overseas. If you need an expedited passport for your internationally adopted child, here's what you need to know before you apply. Make Sure Your Child is a Citizen In order to get a US passport, your adopted child must have US citizenship. Per the The Child Citizenship Act of 2000, most children adopted by parents who are American citizens gain citizenship automatically once the adoption is "full and final." Usually, if your child came to the US on a IR-3 visa, that means that the adoption process was