derivation of citizenship
- A legal principle that automatically grants U.S. citizenship to children with green cards when one or both of their parents become U.S. citizens, with requirements varying based on specific immigration laws in effect at the time of parental naturalization
- His derivation of citizenship was secured when his mother successfully passed her naturalization examination.
- When their father was naturalized, all three children received derivation of citizenship.
- Due to derivation of citizenship, Lily, already a green card holder, became a U.S. citizen following her parents' naturalization.