USCIS announced on Friday, September 18th, that they have updated the policy guidance concerning residency requirements under section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)! These changes were made to comply with the newly enacted Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act.
*Under the new law, a child born outside of the United States acquires automatic citizenship under INA 320, even if the child is residing outside the United States, in cases where the child is a lawful permanent resident (LPR) and is in the legal and physical custody of his or her U.S. citizen parent who is:
- Stationed and residing outside of the United States as a member of the U.S. armed forces;
- Stationed and residing outside of the United States as an employee of the U.S. government; or
- The spouse residing outside the United States in marital union with a U.S. armed forces member or U.S. government employee who is stationed outside of the United States.
Source of Information:
USCIS, 9/18/20, News Alert: