The Child Status Protection Act amended the Immigration & Nationality Act on August 6, 2002.   Children of foreign nationals seeking U.S. permanent resident status previously lost the opportunity to immigrate with their parents if they reached age twenty‑one while waiting for the INS to adjudicate pending immigration applications.   Fairly complicated new rules essentially require the CIS and U.S. consular officers to establish such a child’s age as the date of filing and not the date of adjudication of the application for permanent resident status.