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Trump Administration Tightens Policy on Children Born Overseas

  • Change affects adoptions abroad by U.S. military members
  • U.S. to require naturalization process in some cases
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The Trump administration said a small number of U.S. military personnel and government employees serving overseas will no longer be automatically granted citizenship for children they’ve adopted while abroad.

A “policy manual update” issued Wednesday by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also would affect the children born to non-citizen government employees and military members before they are naturalized. The agency estimates the change would affect only 20 to 25 individuals annually, according to an official who briefed reporters.