H. R. 5156
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 27, 2012
Ms. Zoe Lofgren of California (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
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Amerasian Paternity Recognition Act of
Citizenship for certain children of United States servicemen born overseas during the Vietnam and Korean wars
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:
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—
pursuant to a classification petition approved under section 204(f); or
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.
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.
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.