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senate Bill S. 1247

Orphans, Widows, and Widowers Protection Act

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Orphans, Widows, and Widowers Protection Act

Official Title

A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity, and for other purposes.


Orphans, Widows, and Widowers Protection Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to revise the definition of "immediate relative" to: (1) permit a widow or widower of a U.S. citizen to seek permanent resident status if married less than two years by showing through a preponderance of the evidence that the marriage was entered into in good faith and not solely to obtain an immigration benefit; and (2) include an alien who was the child or parent of a U.S. citizen at the time of the citizen's death if the alien parent files a petition within two years after such date or the alien child files a petition prior to reaching 21 years old. Provides specified relief for orphans and spouses regarding: (1) petitions for immediate relative status; (2) parole eligibility; (3) permanent resident status adjustment; and (4) processing of immigrant visas.

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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJune 11th, 2009

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