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Effective January 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of State has issued a rule, and amended existing Regulations, regarding issuance of visitor visas to women who are pregnant. The rule amends the current Regulations regarding the issuance of visitor visas as they apply to women who are pregnant, or the consular officer believes to be pregnant, at the time they apply for visitor visas. 

The rule mandates that U.S. consular officers presume that a woman applying for a visitor visa, who the consular officer has reason to believe will give birth during her stay in the United States, is traveling here for the primary purpose of obtaining U.S. citizenship for the child. It requires that consular officers deny visitor visas to this category of women.  

Read the full article on our immigration blog.