Children Born Overseas to US Active Duty Service Members No Longer Automatically Granted US Citizenship
Children born overseas to United States active duty service members will no longer be automatically granted U.S. citizenship. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new policy change today, which states “two U.S. citizen government employee or U.S. service member parents” will no longer “transmit citizenship to their child at birth.” As a result, “parents of such children must [file certain forms and apply to] obtain a Certificate of Citizenship for their children.” The USCIS’s policy change causes a child “born to two U.S. citizen parents on a military base” to no longer be automatically granted United States citizenship. The update will go into effect on October 29, 2019.