Application Requirement for Supplemental Documentation

CAPCadet294

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Hello all:
I have a little roadblock in my application- supplemental documentation. A little background first. I was born in South Korea and in 2000, I was adopted when I was four months old by my adopted parents, who are both American citizens. In 2002, my family moved to a different home. I cannot find my Certificate of Citizenship, which is one of the documents that can be sent to USAFA as evidence of my U.S. Citizenship. However, I do have my U.S. Social Security Card, which to obtain, required my Certificate of Citizenship. I have two questions: 1) Because I had to provide my Certificate of Citizenship to obtain my Social Security number, can I use my SS card as proof of my citizenship? 2) I am confused on the Proof of Citizenship section of the Candidate Instructions booklet. It says that if I am appointed, I must provide a Birth Certificate and a Certificate of Citizenship. However the Supp Doc section is under the required list of forms in my portal. Does this mean that if given an appointment I provide it thereafter before entering USAFA or do I provide it ASAP? Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance.
 

yjcabansag

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Hello all:
I have a little roadblock in my application- supplemental documentation. A little background first. I was born in South Korea and in 2000, I was adopted when I was four months old by my adopted parents, who are both American citizens. In 2002, my family moved to a different home. I cannot find my Certificate of Citizenship, which is one of the documents that can be sent to USAFA as evidence of my U.S. Citizenship. However, I do have my U.S. Social Security Card, which to obtain, required my Certificate of Citizenship. I have two questions: 1) Because I had to provide my Certificate of Citizenship to obtain my Social Security number, can I use my SS card as proof of my citizenship? 2) I am confused on the Proof of Citizenship section of the Candidate Instructions booklet. It says that if I am appointed, I must provide a Birth Certificate and a Certificate of Citizenship. However the Supp Doc section is under the required list of forms in my portal. Does this mean that if given an appointment I provide it thereafter before entering USAFA or do I provide it ASAP? Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance.

Hey, to be honest, I don't think that the SS card will suffice the Citizenship requirement because green card holders can acquire a SS card as well. And green card holders are only a resident and not a citizen of the United States.

I was born outside of the United States as well. I just came here last year and became a citizen through my mom's naturalization. I didn't have a Certificate of Citizenship and I did not apply for one. (It costs $500 to apply for one) So I researched and found out that a United States Passport can suffice the citizenship requirement for the Academies and any organization really. So I ended up applying for a passport instead. It's cheaper and it could be used for your future travel as well.

Anyways, if you have the documents regarding your adoption, I highly recommend that you apply for a US passport instead. It's pretty fast too, if you set up an appointment next week, it'll be delivered to you within a month. (provided that you submitted all the required documents)

For your other question, if we get admitted to the class of 2022, that's when we give them our proof of citizenship. But I think it varies.. I applied to West Point as well, and I later on got an email from the admissions director asking for a proof of my citizenship.
 

Cerberi

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What does your birth certificate say? My son is adopted and was adopted as an infant. His birth certificate lists my wife and I as his parents even though we are not his biological parents. Thus, my son is considered a US born citizen because his birth certificate lists 2 US citizens as his parents. Also - is a US Passport acceptable proof (see post above)- my daughter used her birth certificate and passport for USNA? It may be easier to get the US Passport than the other document.

And no - the social security card won't suffice, though you must have a social security number.
 

New@This

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I believe you can apply for a duplicate certificate of citizenship. The filing fee is expensive - $555. The process might take several months as the process to obtain a certificate of citizenship can take from 3 to 6 months. And, many are saying that children adopted internationally are not able to obtain US passports without the certificate of citizenship so you might find yourself unable to prove your citizenship if you don't have either. However, an expired passport should prove citizenship to an Academy if you don't have a current passport.

Either way, you are probably going to need to replace your certificate of citizenship so you might need to google USCIS and find out how to proceed.
 
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NavyHoops

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Agree that it is a good investment to go ahead and get a duplicate copy of your Citizenship paperwork. Never know when you will need it.
 

Billberna

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I would apply for a passport if you don't already have one. If you are in a hurry, you can pay to have it expedited.
 

Billberna

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And yes, the passport is adequate proof by itself. I know because my DS is an international adoptee and USAFA admissions already accepted and processed his passport (and returned it by certified mail).
 
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