On September 3rd, three House Democrats introduced new legislation that would eliminate policy changes from the Trump administration that impact how service members pass U.S. citizenship to their children. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy that eliminated the guidelines that say children of U.S. military members and other federal workers abroad are granted automatic citizenship.
Under USCIS’s new policy, the following people will be affected:
- Children of non-U.S. citizens adopted by U.S. citizen service members
- Children of non-U.S. citizens adopted by U.S. citizen government employees
- Noncitizen government employees naturalized after the child’s birth
- Noncitizen service members naturalized after the child’s birth
- The new legislation from Democratic Reps. Ruben Gallego (Ariz.), Ted Lieu (Calif.), and Lou Correa (Calif.) would ensure that children of service members keep their citizenship rights.
The Trump administration’s policy doesn’t affect children who were granted citizenship at birth or were born abroad to U.S. citizens who lived in the U.S. for at least five years. The new rule would require some children of citizens abroad to seek citizenship through naturalization instead of using their parent’s nationality. Experts warn that this can cost significantly more money for service members and federal employees working abroad.
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Are you a federal employee or service member who is stationed in another country? Are you worried your child’s immigration status might be impacted by the new USCIS policy? If so, stop by our law firm to discuss your situation with one of our dedicated immigration lawyers at Davis & Associates. We are here to serve you and ensure your interests are protected.
Follow along in our 5-part series on U.S. immigration policy and President Trump:
Part 1: Major Immigration Changes Under Trump
Part 2: Enhanced Immigration Enforcement
Part 3: Civil Rights Groups Fight for Immigrant Medical Relief Program
Part 5: Facts About Brazilian Immigrants in the U.S.
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