A new policy alert released by the US Citizenship and
Immigration Services under President Trump’s
administration, has cancelled automatic citizenship for the
children of some US service members and US government
employees living abroad and children of non-citizens born in
the United States.
Under the new citizenship policy which will be effective from
October 29 as announced on Wednesday August 28, US
citizens who gave birth to their children abroad are expected
to apply for U.S. citizenship ahead of the child’s 18th
Non-citizens are also expected to stay for at least 6 weeks
in the US before their children born in the country will be
“Effective October 29, 2019, children residing
abroad with their U.S. citizen parents who are U.S.
government employees or members of the U.S.
armed forces stationed abroad are not considered
to be residing in the United States for acquisition
of citizenship,” the policy read.
“Similarly, leave taken in the United States while
stationed abroad is not considered residing in the
United States even if the person is staying in
property he or she owns.
“Therefore, U.S. citizen parents who are residing
outside the United States with children who are not
U.S. citizens should apply for U.S. citizenship on
behalf of their children under INA 322 8, and must
complete the process before the child’s 18th
“The child of a member of the U.S. armed forces
accompanying his or her parent abroad on official
orders may be eligible to complete all aspects of
the naturalization proceedings abroad. This
includes interviews, filings, oaths, ceremonies, or
other proceedings relating to naturalization.
“Applications filed on or after October 29, 2019 are
subject to this policy. The policy in place before
October 29, 2019 applies to applications filed
before that date. Children who have already been
recognized through the issuance of a Certificate of
Citizenship as having acquired U.S. citizenship
under INA 320 are not affected by this policy
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