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Text of the Amerasian Paternity Recognition Act of 2012

This bill was introduced on April 27, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 27, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5156

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 27, 2012

(for herself, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Loretta Sanchez of California, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Honda, and Mr. Connolly of Virginia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide citizenship for certain children of United States servicemen born overseas during the Vietnam and Korean Wars.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Amerasian Paternity Recognition Act of 2012.

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Citizenship for certain children of United States servicemen born overseas during the Vietnam and Korean wars

(a)

In general

Title III of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 320 (8 U.S.C. 1431) the following:

321.

Certain immigrants born in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand; Conditions under which citizenship automatically acquired

A person automatically becomes a citizen of the United States when the person is an alien lawfully admitted to the United States, and residing in the United States, having been issued an immigrant visa—

(1)

pursuant to a classification petition approved under section 204(f); or

(2)

under section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1988 (8 U.S.C. 1101 note), if the person was considered a principal alien pursuant to subsection (b)(1)(A) of such section.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents of the Immigration and Nationality Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 320 the following new item:

Sec. 321. Certain immigrants born in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand; conditions under which citizenship is automatically acquired.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and shall apply to individuals who satisfy the requirements of section 321 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (as added by subsection (a)) before, on, or after such date.