The Trump administration is making it more difficult for the children of some US service members and US government employees living abroad to automatically become US citizens, according to a policy alert released yesterday, Wednesday the 28th of August by US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
It does not impact anyone born in the
US. Citizenship can be acquired a few ways, including being born in the country. Children born abroad can acquire citizenship through their US citizen parents either at birth or before the age of 18.
While the latest policy guidance doesn’t make anyone ineligible for citizenship, it appears to narrow how children abroad can gain citizenship.
“The policy change explains that we will not consider children who live abroad with their parents to be residing in the United States even if their parents are US government employees or US service members stationed outside of the United States, and as a result, these children will no longer be considered to have acquired citizenship automatically,” said a USCIS spokesperson, referring to a section of the immigration code about residence.
The guidance comes just days after President Donald Trump said he was “seriously” considering ending US birthright citizenship. Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli said on Twitter, however, that the policy “does NOT impact birthright citizenship.”
The policy change will take effect on October 29.