I was a U.S. permanent
resident when I filed the Form I-130 for my wife and children. Now I am
U.S. citizen, how to upgrade my Form I-130 petition for my wife and
children after becoming U.S. citizen?
If you are now a U.S. citizen, you must file separate immigrant visa
petitions (Form I-130) for each of your children. If you upgrade a
family second preference (F2) petition for your spouse and you did not
file separate petitions for your children when you were a lawful
permanent resident (LPR), you must do so now.
A U.S. citizen's child does not receive derivative status in an
immediate relative petition. This is different from the family second
preference (F2) petition where a child is included in his or her
parent's F2 petition.
Children born abroad after you became a U.S. citizen may qualify for
U.S. citizenship. They should apply for U.S. passports. The consular
officer will determine whether your child is a U.S. citizen and can
have a passport. If the consular officer determines your child is not
U.S. citizen, the child must apply for an immigrant visa if he/she
wants to live in the U.S.