Increasing numbers of pregnant Chinese women are flocking to the US shortly before their due date, due to the US rules that automatically grant citizenship to anyone born in the States.

About 10,000 Chinese women traveled to the US to give birth in 2012, a figure double the 4,200 in 2008.

US immigration attorneys in Thailand Chaninat and Leeds are experts US visa law

As CNN writes, this birth tourism industry has sprouted out of parents desire to obtain a US passport for their child, should the Chinese pollution and food safety scares become too great an issue.

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Russia’s lower house speaker Sergei Naryshkin has accused the US State department of “diplomatic impropriety” after Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament was granted a limited US visa, apparently making her forthcoming UN conference impossible, reports Sputnik.

Matvienko was due to head Russia’s delegation to the 4TH World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at the UN headquarters.

Naryshkin told reporters on Friday:

“I cannot but address another rudeness on the part of the US State Department. The limits and standards of diplomatic impropriety are being set today in Washington.

“Such a shameless violation of international law as the decision of US authorities to impose visa restrictions on the Chairwoman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko is just another example of this.”

US visa attorneys in Thailand Chaninat and Leeds have decades of experience handling US visas and USA Immigration for Thai nationals.

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Image Credit: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (Flickr)
Valentina Matvienko (right) Image Credit: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (Flickr)


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