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USCIS issues guidance on citizenship requirements for children of military members and government employees stationed abroad

  1. Date Announced

    Sept. 18, 2020

    USCIS issues guidance implementing the Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act. The statute enables children born outside the U.S. of U.S. citizen military members and government employees stationed abroad to automatically become U.S. citizens without requiring them to be living in the U.S. [ID #1050]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 26, 2020
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Citizenship
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • Statute being implemented

    Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act.
  • In August 2020, USCIS announced a Policy Manual update, redefining "residence" with respect to children born outside the U.S. to a U.S. citizen parent or parents to limit automatic citizenship for children of U.S. service members and government employees stationed abroad. This change was widely criticized, and Congress responded in a bipartisan fashion, passing the Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act.

    2019.08.28 USCIS Policy Manual Update

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