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My wife and I are in the U.S. in L status. We are about to have a child in the U.S. Since our child will be a U.S. citizen, does that grant us any immigration rights? Are we entitled to stay in the U.S. until our child is old enough to take care of themselves?
IMMIGRATION ANSWER MAN:
It is true that (with a few exceptions) a child born in the U.S. is granted U.S. citizenship even if the child’s parents are in the U.S. in nonimmigrant status or even out of status. But having a U.S. citizen child, by itself, does not grant the child’s parents any immigration benefits. The idea of the “anchor baby” is a myth. Even though your child is a U.S. citizen and therefore has a right to live in the U.S., you and your wife do not. You must maintain your L nonimmigrant status and extend or change/adjust your status as necessary. When your child turns 21, then they can petition for you and your wife to become permanent residents.
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