Guide to Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship by Birth Abroad

This article discusses the requirements and procedures for a child born abroad to automatically acquire U.S. citizenship at birth. In such cases, the child may apply for a U.S. passport, consular report of birth abroad (CRBA), and/or certificate of citizenship.

Trump’s Wrong Assertion That He Can End Birthright Citizenship by Executive Order

President Trump baldly asserted this week that he can issue an executive order ending birthright citizenship for children born in the U.S. to undocumented parents. My initial reaction was frustration. How can the President claim–with no explanation–the power to act in a way that appears contrary to the plain words of the U.S. Constitution? Is… Continue reading Trump’s Wrong Assertion That He Can End Birthright Citizenship by Executive Order

Applying for a B1/B2 (Visitor) Visa as the Spouse of a U.S. Expat

I’ve been asked several times today about how the spouse of a U.S. citizen expat can apply for a B1/B2 (visitor for business or pleasure) visa. The question typically goes something like this: I am a U.S. citizen. I have lived in China for 5 years. My wife has been denied a U.S. tourist visa… Continue reading Applying for a B1/B2 (Visitor) Visa as the Spouse of a U.S. Expat

Choosing Between U.S. and Chinese Citizenship: Pros and Cons

Are you in a position where you need to choose between U.S. and Chinese citizenship? For example, are you a U.S. green card holder from China considering applying for naturalization in the U.S.? Or are you a person who automatically acquired both Chinese and U.S. citizenship at birth but is now considering renouncing Chinese citizenship? The… Continue reading Choosing Between U.S. and Chinese Citizenship: Pros and Cons

U.S. Consulate in Shenyang on Pro Forma Visas for Dual Nationals

For a child born in China with dual U.S. and China nationality, there are various options for documents allowing departure from China. The trick is that you need to show the immigration inspector in the airport both a travel document issued by the Chinese government and a visa or other document to enter your next… Continue reading U.S. Consulate in Shenyang on Pro Forma Visas for Dual Nationals

Can a Green Card Holder Who’s Been Overseas for 6 Months Apply for Naturalization?

A reader asks, “Can a green card holder who’s been overseas for 6 months apply for citizenship?” In short, maybe. It depends on the specifics of your situation. The General Rule To be naturalized as a U.S. citizen, an applicant must ordinarily prove that “immediately preceding the date of filing [their] application for naturalization [they… Continue reading Can a Green Card Holder Who’s Been Overseas for 6 Months Apply for Naturalization?

Death by a Thousand Cuts: Naturalization Backlogs

The Trump administration’s war on immigration has included an array of tactics. There have been full frontal assaults, such as the Muslim ban, cancellation of DACA, the border wall, and the RAISE Act. Simultaneously, the Trump administration is using the tactic of death by a thousand cuts: numerous assaults in the administrative agencies and courts… Continue reading Death by a Thousand Cuts: Naturalization Backlogs

Applying for a PRC Exit and Entry Permit for a Child with Dual Nationality

This article explains how parents can apply for an Exit and Entry Permit (出入境通行证 churujing tongxingzheng) on behalf of a dual nationality child. Our law firm can assist with the application and advise about other available options. Background Certain children may automatically acquire Chinese citizenship at birth (in China or abroad) if one or both parents are… Continue reading Applying for a PRC Exit and Entry Permit for a Child with Dual Nationality

Non-Scandal? Dual Chinese-Canadian Nationals Denied Chinese Visas

Several media outlets reported this week on two teenagers who applied for mainland Chinese visas in Toronto but were denied. The Chinese Consulate did not explain the denials, but apparently the reason was that although the teenagers were born in Canada and hold Canadian passports, they had acquired Chinese nationality at birth through their parents born in Hong… Continue reading Non-Scandal? Dual Chinese-Canadian Nationals Denied Chinese Visas

U.S. Visas for Medical Treatment

More Chinese patients are checking into travel abroad for healthcare needs, helped by a rising demand for better quality medical care and sophisticated treatments, according to a recent article by Caixin. Below, I look at the driving forces behind the increase in so-called medical tourism, some differences between the U.S. and Chinese health care systems, the doctor-patient… Continue reading U.S. Visas for Medical Treatment