Equal Treatment for Children Born out of Wedlock

The Board of Immigration Appeals has provided equal treatment for children born out of wedlock. In a recent case, the Board stated that a person born out of wedlock may qualify as a legitimated “child” for purposes of citizenship if she was born in or had a residence in a country or State that eliminated all legal distinctions between children based on the marital status of their parents.

Source: Matter of Cross, 26 I&N Dec. 485 (BIA 2015).