THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 27, 1999
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to confer United States citizenship automatically and retroactively on certain foreign-born children adopted by citizens of the United States.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Adopted Orphans Citizenship Act'.
SEC. 2. ACQUISITION OF UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP BY CERTAIN ADOPTED CHILDREN.
(a) AMENDMENTS TO THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT- Section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1401) is amended--
(1) by striking `and' at the end of subsection (g);
(2) by striking the period at the end of subsection (h) and inserting `; and'; and
(3) by adding at the end the following:
`(i) an unmarried person, under the age of 18 years, born outside the United States and its outlying possessions and thereafter adopted by at least one parent who is a citizen of the United States and who has been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for a period or periods totaling not less than 5 years prior to the adoption of the person, at least 2 of which were after attaining the age of 14 years, if--
`(1) the person is physically present in the United States with the citizen parent, having attained the status of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence;
`(2) the person satisfied the requirements in subparagraph (E) or (F) of section 101(b)(1); and
`(3) the person seeks documentation as a United States citizen while under the age of 18 years.'.
(b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to persons adopted before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act.
Passed the Senate October 26, 1999.