Definition of ‘Mother’ Updated, Includes Gestational Mothers for US Immigration and Citizenship

by admin on November 12, 2014

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new policy update expanding the definition of the terms “mother” and “parent” to include gestational mothers—women who may or may not be genetically  related to a child they give birth to.

The Thailand US immigration attorneys at Chaninat and Leeds have been assisting Thai persons with US visas since 1997.

The updated definition applies to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Gestational mothers will now be able to:

  • Be able to petition for her child based on their relationship.
  • Be eligible to have her child petition for her based on their relationship.
  • Be able to transmit U.S. citizenship to her child, if she is a U.S. citizen and all other pertinent citizenship requirements are met.

Read the USCIS announcement:
USCIS Expands the Definition of “Mother” and “Parent” to Include Gestational Mothers Using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

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