WASHINGTON (AP) — New immigration rules on obtaining citizenship for children of U.S. service members and government employees born overseas do not affect birthright citizenship, officials said Thursday.
Rules rolled out a day earlier among immigration lawyers after a document appeared to show children of American citizens would be affected.
Officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services briefed reporters Thursday in an effort to clarify the regulations, and said that if a child is born overseas to a U.S. citizen who is a service member or government employee, then that child will be an American citizen.
There is a policy change and it will affect between 20 and 25 people per year, officials said.