President of the United States (U.S.), Donald Trump has cancelled
automatic citizenship status for children of U.S citizens who were given
birth to abroad, Igbere TV reports.
What this means is that U.S.
citizen parents who are residing outside the country would have to
apply for citizenship of the United States for their children after
The new policy, Igbere TV reports, was announced in a
statement sighted by our correspondent on the U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS) website.
According to a statement by the USCIS, the new immigration policy will take effect from October 29, 2019.
USCIS said such parents have the option of completing the
naturalization process for their children abroad before they turn 8
According to them, any child whose naturalization processes was not initiated before age 8, may not be considered.
USCIS also said the policy does not exempt children of U.S. military
and U.S. government employees stationed outside the country.
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.
“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
“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 birthday.
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
“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 change”, the statement read.