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    If one or both parents are U.S. citizens, then they aren't applying for citizenship. They are proving that their child is an American citizen.

    The parents submit all the paperwork required to prove their citizenship and the baby's birth. The State Department determines whether the baby is a citizen, and then notifies the parents in writing that the baby is regarded by the U.S. government as a U.S. citizen born abroad.

    There may be some additional steps to prove parentage if the State Department has any questions about whether this baby is indeed the biological child of an American citizen.

    After they get the State Department's written confirmation, then the parents can take the next step of applying for the passport.

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