New USCIS police won’t affect a majority of military families

47ABC – A new policy under the Trump administration would no longer grant automatic citizenship to some military children born overseas.

However, after speaking with immigration attorneys, it appears it will only affect a small number of military families.

In fact, immigration attorney Steven Planzer said most military families should not be concerned with the new policy, because most children born overseas will be covered by birthright,  the term used when a child is born to two US Citizens.

“You don’t have to file for paperwork, you don’t necessarily have to prove x,y,z. these conditions are met and you are automatically a US citizen, just like if you were born in the united states you are automatically a US citizen,” Planzer said.

So who will be affected?  The USCIS has put it out plainly in a flow chart showing those would be affected:

USCIS flowchart

 

The problem is for those families, they will face a more difficult process of requesting citizenship for their child because of the process through immigration.

“Immigration’s times the vary greatly depending, it could be anywhere between 2 months to 18 months up to four years, five years there’s a lot of lags when it comes to this,” said immigration attorney, Eddie Gonzalez.

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