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US law ends rule to expel grieving alien spouses

US law ends rule to expel grieving alien spouses

Legislation that President Barack Obama has signed into law ends a rule that made newly married foreigners subject to expulsion if their American spouses died within two years of marriage and before the foreigners' applications for permanent U.S. residency had been approved.
Called the "widow's penalty," the rule was part of the law to finance operations of the Homeland Security Department for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, which Obama signed Wednesday.
Lawyer Brent Renison, a lawyer pressing a class action lawsuit for the surviving spouses, estimates that the widows penalty affects at least 200 people nationwide.
Because of legal action pending in eight states, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had declared a two-year moratorium on enforcing the penalty.


Updated : 2021-05-06 17:39 GMT+08:00