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U.S. Military and U.S. Government Employees’ Children Born Abroad May Not Get Automatic Citizenship

On October 29, 2019 a new policy affecting children of U.S. military and U.S. government employees born abroad will go into effect. The new policy brought forth by the Trump administration will essentially deny children automatic citizenship if their parent is a non-citizen. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sent out a policy alert stating, “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address requirements for ‘residence’ in statutory provisions related to citizenship, and to rescind previous guidance regarding children of U.S. government employees and members of the U.S. armed forces employed or stationed outside the United States.” Acting Director of USCIS, Ken Cuccinelli clarified the new policy in a statement saying, “this policy update does not affect who is born a U.S. citizen, period…This only affects children who were born outside the United States and were not U.S. citizens. This does NOT impact birthright citizenship. This policy update does not deny citizenship to the children of US government employees or members of the military born abroad.” According to American Foreign Service Association President Eric Rubin, “Forcing (members) to go through (sic) bureaucratic hurdles for no apparent reason, just to get their children naturalized as American citizens, does a great disservice to people who have dedicated their lives to serving their country.” If you are in the U.S. military and or a U.S. government employee and have questions regarding this new policy set to go into effect on October 29, 2019 please feel free to contact an immigration attorney. 

Mercedes Riggs