About the bill
Should a child born outside the U.S. while their parent is stationed overseas be guaranteed American citizenship?
The U.S. government allows noncitizens to serve in the armed forces and federal government, and may give them posts abroad just as they would citizen soldiers. Generally, anybody born to U.S. citizen parents who were physically outside the country during the birth have nonetheless been considered citizens. Also, children of these noncitizens have generally also been granted automatic citizenship at birth.
However, the Trump Administration changed that policy in August. Some children of U.S. military members and government employees will no longer automatically acquire citizenship if born outside the country. The policy took effect October 29.
After some confusion upon the policy’s initial announcement, U.S. Citizenship ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for New York's 10th congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2020
Length: 2 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 26, 2020
This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on March 26, 2020.
What legislators are saying
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Oct 23, 2019
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Dec 3, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)
The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.
Mar 5, 2020
The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.
Mar 26, 2020
Enacted — Signed by the President
The President signed the bill and it became law.
H.R. 4803 is a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4803. This is the one from the 116th Congress.
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“H.R. 4803 — 116th Congress: Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act.” www.GovTrack.us. 2019. August 10, 2020 <https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr4803>
Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act, Pub. L. No. 116-133, H.R. 4803, 116th Cong. (2020).
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