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AMENDMENT TO THE WOMEN'S CITIZENSHIP ACT

OF 1922

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 1930

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION,

Washington, D. C.
The committee this day met at 10.30 o'clock a. m., Hon. Albert
Johnson, chairman, presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will be in order. The meeting
to-day was set for the purpose of holding a hearing on H. R. 10208,
a bill by Mr. Cable, a representative from the State of Ohio, to
amend the law relative to the citizenship and naturalization of mar-
ried women, and for other purposes.
This bill will be printed in the hearings at this point.

[H. R. 10208, Seventy-first Congress, second session)
A BILL To amend the law relative to the citizenship and naturalization of married

women, and for other purposes
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States
of America in Congress assembled, That (a) section 3 of the act entitled "An
act relative to the naturalization and citizenship of married women,” approved
September 22, 1922, is amended to read as follows:

“ Sec. 3. (a) A citizen of the United States shall not cease to be a citizen
of the United States by reason of marriage or the loss of United States citizen-'
ship by the spouse on or after the date of this section takes effect, unless such
citizen makes a formal renunciation of citizenship before a court having juris-
diction over the naturalization of aliens.

· (b) Any citizen of the United States (1) who, either before or after this
section, as amended, takes effect, has marr ed an alien, or whose spouse has lost
United States citizenship, and (2) who, either before or after this section, as
amended, takes effect, has acquired the nationality of the spouse by reason of
such marriage or loss of citizenship, as the case may be, shall, if during the
continuance of the marital status and after the date this section, as amended,
takes effect, he or she has resided continuously for two years in the country of
which the spouse is a citizen or subject, cease to be a citizen of the United
States upon the expiration of such two-year period, except that such citizen
shall not cease to be a citizen of the Un'ted States if, for the fifteen-year period
immediately following the marriage, such citizen has resided continuously in
the United States."

(b) The amendment made by this section to section 3 of such act of Septem-
ber 22, 1922, shall not restore citizenship lost under such section 3 before such
amendment.

SEC. 2. (a) Section 4 of such act of September 22, 1922, is amended to read
as follows:

“ SEC. 4. (a) A woman who has lost her United States citizenship by reason
of her marriage to an alien or by reason of the loss of United States citizenship
by her husband may, if eligible to citizenship and if she has not acquired any
other national'ty by affirmative act, be naturalized upon full and complete
compliance with all requirements of the naturalization laws, with the following
exceptions:

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