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AmeriMama Lures Pregnant Russians

7With headlines blazing, I thought for a moment this was a program for pregnant Russian women to give birth in America… in order for Americans to adopt Russian babies-! Now there’s an idea to skirt Russian anti-American adoption laws.

But instead, it’s a scheme whereby Russian women come to a New Jersey hospital to receive superior obstetrical care and services, deliver the baby, gain American citizenship for the little one, and then return to Russia with dual citizenship. Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Seacaucus is not the only establishment catering to birth tourism, for  foreigners who want to ensure a red, white and blue future for their child.

At a cost.

Even in Russia’s rotten economy, $10,000 is a drop in the bucket for the wealthy. And that includes paperwork, 5visas, and application for citizenship. If you’ve ever been to a Russian hospital, and I have, you know why the Russian mamas might prefer giving birth in the US. In 2015, Chinese baby-mamas were in the news for coming to America to deliver.

Problem is, since 2014, dual citizenship has been frowned upon in Russia, with a new law requiring citizens to report any permits to live elsewhere. Not to mention the tax hike which places Russian foreign residents’ income tax rate at 30% as opposed Russian residents who` enjoy only 13%. So, as long as you are a declared dual citizen, living in Russia, you might be okay.

But then what’s the point of dual nationality?

russian-womenThere was also a crackdown several years ago on Russian public officials who were told to cut their ties to any other country. So add “no aspirations” to your list of cons when it comes to piling up the passports.

On the positive side, any child born to at least one Russian parent is usually considered Russian. So in checking out the laws on AmeriMamas, it suddenly dawned on me: I’m going to be enjoying Russian-American grandchildren one day, just like my children.

But make no mistake, the system doesn’t work in reverse: if a foreigner traveled to Russia and gave birth there, the baby would not be Russian. The foreign parent(s) would need to become a naturalized citizen by living there at least five years, being gainfully employed, knowing how to speak Russian and applying to terminate any other citizenship for starters.

Worth it? You decide.

Apparently, growing numbers of Russian baby-mamas think so.


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