S.1247 - Orphans, Widows, and Widowers Protection Act

A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Orphans, Widows, and Widowers Protection Act as introduced.

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Official Summary

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 preponderanc

Official Summary

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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