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  • I have a child who is a U.S. citizen with a Social Security number. Can I claim him as a dependent on my return?

I have a child who is a U.S. citizen with a Social Security number. Can I claim him as a dependent on my return?

If you are a nonresident alien, you can only claim dependents if you are in one of the following categories:
  • A resident of Canada or Mexico A resident of South Korea and you dependent lived with you in the United States at some time in the tax year A U.S. national
  • A resident from India who is a student or business apprentice If you are not in one of these categories, you cannot claim a personal exemption for your dependent even if your dependent is a U.S. citizen.
  • If you are a resident alien, you can claim your dependents who meet the conditions of being a dependent and who are: a U.S. citizen or resident, a resident of Canada or Mexico, or a U.S. national.