U.S. Imposes New Visa Rules For Pregnant Women
The State Department revealed new visa rules on Thursday that could affect pregnant women traveling to the U.S. The rules are designed to restrict so-called “birth tourism,” which applies to women giving birth in the U.S. so their children can have citizenship.
Applicants will be denied tourist visas if consular officers determine their visit is designed primarily to give birth and obtain citizenship for their child, according to the rules that take effect Friday. The rules apply to B visas, which are used by nonimmigrants seeking to travel for pleasure, medical reasons, or to visit friends and family.
The restrictions fit into the Trump administration’s broader crackdown on immigration. President Donald Trump has been widely critical of “birthright citizenship,” or the Constitutional right to citizenship for anyone born in the U.S. . .