Acquisition of US citizenship after surrogacy abroad

Pursuing surrogacy abroad is an option for US intended parents (IPs) who need a surrogate to have a child and the conditions in their home country don’t fit their needs.

Russia, for instance, is a common destination country, along with Ukraine, Greece or Georgia, among others where surrogacy is legal. Wherever you decide to go, you should keep in mind the steps required for the child to acquire US citizenship at birth.

At least one US parent has to be the biological parent of the child. Otherwise, the child will not acquire US citizenship and both the IPs and the child may encounter difficulty when attempting to enter the United States after childbirth.

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