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Texan Woman Discovers She's Not a U.S. Citizen at Age 48

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Alexis Stevens, now 52, found out that she wasn't a U.S. citizen the hard way. According to News-Press, the woman applied for a passport four years ago so that she can go on a trip to Europe. Yet the woman was never able to receive a U.S. passport because U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services found that she was not actually a U.S citizen.

The woman was born in England but she was adopted by a couple who went through the adoption process in Texas. At the age of 3, Alexis Stevens obtained a Texas birth certificate, but the naturalization process was never completed. Because she voted without being a U.S. citizen in several elections, she now fears that she will be deported.

The story of Alexis Stevens shows how every detail in the adoption process is critical. There are Texas family law attorneys all over the Lone Star state that can help adoptive parents through every step of an international adoption, including the legal steps of a child getting U.S. citizenship and obtaining a social security card.

Thanks to the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, most children being adopted from a foreign country can acquire American citizenship automatically. However, the law only applies to children that have at least one American citizen parent by birth or naturalization and to children that are admitted as an immigrant for lawful permanent residence. International adoptions can be very complex and often require more legal steps than a domestic adoption. It's a good idea for adoptive parents to find a Houston adoption attorney if they're interested in learning more information on foreign adoption.

Related Resources:

  • International Adoptions FAQ (FindLaw)
  • Find a Houston Adoption Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Applying to Bring a Foreign-Born Orphan to the U.S. (FindLaw)

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