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DOS removes defunct immigrant visa classification regulation for certain former U.S. citizens

  1. Date Announced

    June 26, 2020

    DOS publishes a final rule removing a defunct regulation that had provided an immigrant visa classification to U.S. citizen women who lost their U.S. citizenship due to marriage to an alien, or to a U.S. citizen who acquired another citizenship, between 1907 and 1922. The Department notes that the last special immigrant visa in this category was issued in 1998, and "it is unlikely that any person eligible for this category is still living."

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    June 26, 2020
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Rule
Agencies Affected: DOS

Prior Policies

  • Under the prior regulation, 22 CFR 42.23(a), certain noncitizen women who lost U.S. citizenship between 1907 to 1922 due to marriage to a noncitizen or to a U.S. citizen who acquired another citizenship could be granted special immigrant visas under INA section 101(a)(27)(B), allowing them to apply for reacquisition of U.S. citizenship.

    Certain former U.S. citizens

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