There are a few situations when children born abroad have the right to apply for an Argentine citizenship. There are also many reasons why a child should get a citizenship like this. Now let’s learn more about the acquisition of Argentine citizenship by a child born abroad.
It doesn’t really matter where a child is born when it’s born abroad – the child that has a father or mother that have Argentine citizenship can claim an Argentine citizenship. It is worth mentioning that age doesn’t play any role when it comes to this acquisition except that the procedure is different for adults and minors. It’s also good to know that the child can acquire an Argentine citizenship even when one or both parents are deceased.
Children that already have a citizenship from another country, don’t have to renounce their current citizenship in order to get an Argentinean one. There are two ways in which children can start this procedure – by getting in touch with the local Argentine embassy or consulate in the place where they are living or by traveling to Argentina and applying there.
The authorities in Argentina have made a simple procedure for those who want to acquire an Argentine citizenship even though they were born abroad.
First of all, they need to submit an original birth certificate of their father or mother who is an Argentine national. In order to get such certificate, it’s the best idea to use an online application. In case both parents are Argentine nationals, you will need two certificates. If one of the parents is a foreign national, a passport of that person is required.
The child (or his parents) must provide a document that will provide the identity. Finally, the applicant must provide two standards (4×4) photos.
The procedure we described applies to children born abroad in time when their parents were legally married. In case they were not married, the procedure is slightly different. If the mother is an Argentine citizen, you must provide a document that proves this citizenship at the time of the birth. In the case of the father, it must be proven that the father was present in Argentina, or that he was an Argentine national when the child was born or that he has valuable belongings (a real estate for example) in Argentina at that time.
Being an Argentine citizen is both a privilege and a responsibility. Regardless of the age of the child born outside Argentine, they have the right to acquire Argentine citizenship as long as at least one of their parents was an Argentine national when they were born. Keep in mind that how they have acquired their citizenship doesn’t matter – naturalization, by birth or by option). When applying for an Argentine citizenship in cases like this, it is crucial to obtain the required documentation and submit it in the right way. Hiring an attorney that has experience in this field is highly recommended.