Thursday, November 5, 2009

End to "Widow's Penalty"

"New immigration law goes into effect; 'widow's penalty' ends

A new immigration law is now in effect, and this means new changes for Americans who marry foreign nationals.
Reporter: Melissa Tune"

"Under the old law, if a United States citizen married someone from outside the country and then died within two years of the marriage, the spouse was deported. Now the spouse can stay...
Up until October 29, 2009, the "widow's penalty" was in effect, meaning hundreds of people were forced to leave the states...

The new law removes the two-year marriage requirement, permitting widows and widowers of U.S. citizens to apply for a green card for themselves and on behalf of their foreign-born children. It is also retroactive. Anyone qualifying for relief can file a petition for permanent residency up to two years from October 29, 2009."
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