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Please Support Intercountry Adoptees Right to U.S. Citizenship

The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 (H.R. 2731 / S.1554) will provide automatic acquisition of United States citizenship for certain internationally adopted individuals, and for other purposes. It would in part close the loophole for most adult adoptees who do not currently benefit from the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

What the Adoptee Citizenship Act Does

  • The bills would grant an adoptee born outside of the U.S. who was adopted by a U.S. citizen parent automatic U.S. citizenship if he or she meets the following conditions:
    • Adopted by a U.S. citizen parent before reaching the age of 18;
    • Physically present in the U.S. in the legal custody of a U.S. citizen parent (pursuant to a lawful admission) before reaching the age of 18;
    • Never acquired U.S. citizenship before the enactment of this bill; and
    • Resides in the U.S. on the date of the enactment of this bill.
  • The bill would also allow certain adopted individuals residing outside of the U.S. to automatically become a U.S. citizen once he or she is physically present in the U.S. (pursuant to a lawful admission), if they meet the following conditions:
    • Meet points 1, 2 and 3 described above; and
    • Undergo and pass criminal background checks that shows they do not have any unresolved criminal activity.
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