1982 Amerasian Immigration Act (An act to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide preferential treatment in the admission of certain children of United States citizens)
S. 1698; Pub.L. 97-359; 96 Stat. 1716.
97th Congress; October 22, 1982.
You can find the full text of this law as a PDF here.
Indochina is defined as “a peninsula in SE Asia, between the Bay of Bengal and the South China Sea, comprising Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, W Malaysia, and Burma (Myanmar)”. This act of 1982 is an amendment to the Immigration and Naturalization Act. It states the amendment’s intention is to “provide preferential treatment in the admission of certain children of United States citizens” - more specifically, children fathered by American GIs during the Vietnam War. The child of the US citizen has to meet certain criteria. The Attorney General may approve a petition for an alien under these circumstances:
The Attorney General is also responsible for making sure the alien is, in fact, a child of a US citizen. This is achieved through observance of physical appearance, birth or baptismal records, as well as proof of financial support or letters from the US parent.
(Summary by Shauna Fellers)
Amerasian Child Find Network, Inc. A Non-Profit Corporation - This site is run by a non-profit organization that provides a central place for families to re-unite as well as useful historical information on the history of Amerasian children.