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Ask A CPA - Dependents & Exemptions

Can I Claim My Child As A Dependent If She Or He Was Born In A Foreign Country ?

The dependent must have been at some time a citizen or resident of the U.S., or a resident of Canada or Mexico or a U.S. national. If the other dependency tests are met, then yes. A child born in a foreign country with one of the parents being a U.S. citizen and one a non-resident alien qualifies as a U.S. citizen and a dependent. Speak to your local CPA for more on the details of claiming the dependent.

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