What if we deliver our child in US with an expired status?

Asked 11 months ago - Orlando, FL

Came to US with M1 status. After school, I applied for extension of stay, and it is still in the reviewing status. My assumption they will let us stay no more than a month or two. My wife is pregnant and her due date is like 3 months later. If we decide to deliver our baby in US, most probably we as parents will be at an expired status. After birth, we will certainly leave US asap. Will she be a US citizen? Can she keep this citizenship whole life even she won't be back say at least 20 years?.. Will there be any punishment waiting for us in the airport customs as we are leaving the country? Will we as parents be banned to come back again?

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After her birth in a US hospital in USA, how and where do you apply for US citizenship for her? How long does it take to get the citizenship papers? We have to apply for a passport for her, how long does it take to get passport for her? And during these bureaucratic applications, will USCIS make difficulties for us because we are at an expired status?

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  1. Carl Michael Shusterman

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    Answered . Yes, she will always be a US citizen.

    Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response... more
  2. Giacomo Jacques Behar

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    Answered . The US is unique in this regard in that anyone born inside the US is automatically deemed to be a US citizen. IS citizens can live outside the US for as long as they like, they never lose their citizenship. Rest assured, there are no exit controls of any kind upon departing the US. You the parents will not be "banned" from coming back, if you'll otherwise meet the visitor's visa requirements in the future.

    Kindly be advised that the answer above is only general in nature cannot be construed as legal advice, given that... more
  3. Stephen D. Berman

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    Answered . Yes, a child born in the U.S. is a US citizen, for the rest of her life. There is no penalty to leave the country, at customs. You will have issues returning to the U.S., not because you gave birth, but if you overstay.

    The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an... more
  4. Robert Louis Brown

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    Answered . Yes she will be a US citizen and she will retain US citizenship

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