The House of Representatives today passed the Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act (H.R. 4803), introduced by Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act would ensure that children of deployed military and government families benefit from provisions of U.S. law that confer automatic U.S. Citizenship.
“Men and women who are serving our country overseas as part of the military or as civil servants should not have any doubts about their children’s citizenship. To give these parents peace of mind, I introduced the Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act with Chairman Nadler. This bipartisan bill would ensure that these children receive automatic citizenship. I encourage the Senate to pass this bill and send it to the president’s desk. American families bravely serving our country abroad shouldn’t have to fight through piles of bureaucracy to ensure their children are rightfully considered American citizens,” said Collins.
“I was proud to stand in solidarity today with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass H.R. 4803, the Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act. The bill’s impact on those who will benefit from it cannot be understated. With today’s passage of H.R. 4803, the House has demonstrated its commitment to ensure that those who make sacrifices in service to our country are able to fulfill their duties without unnecessary burdens or distractions. I urge the Senate to follow suit and swiftly pass this legislation.” said Nadler.
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, certain children who did not derive citizenship at birth will automatically acquire citizenship when certain conditions are met, including that they reside in the United States in the legal and physical custody of a citizen parent. This bill would ensure that children of U.S. Armed Forces members and U.S. Government personnel are not disadvantaged merely because their parents’ service to our country requires them to be deployed abroad. The Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act would make a technical change to Section 320 to clarify that these children satisfy the residency requirement even while abroad.