File No. 137.11/a.


To the diplomatic and consular officers of the United States:

Gentlemen: Referring to the Department’s circular instruction of April 19, 1907,1 entitled “Children of Citizens Born Abroad,” and to section 6 of the act of March 2, 1907, quoted therein, you are informed that the Department has decided that no declarations of “intention to become residents and remain citizens of the United States “required therein have reference to the right of protection rather than citizenship under municipal law, and that such declarations may be made at any time after the minors concerned have reached the age of 18 years and before they take the oath of allegiance to the United States; not necessarily before they reach the age of 19 years.

I am, etc.,

Huntington Wilson,
Acting Secretary of State