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House Passes Bill Granting Special Immigrant Status to Katrina Victims

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 05092167 (posted Sep. 21, 2005)"

The House, on 9/21/05, passed by voice vote bipartisan legislation that would extend certain relief to immigrants displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Among its provisions, the bill (H.R. 3827) would grant special immigrant status to aliens who were the beneficiaries of family-sponsored or employment-based petitions or labor certification applications that were revoked, terminated or rendered null, either before or after approval, due to a specified hurricane-related disaster, including the death or disability of the petitioner, applicant or beneficiary, or the loss of employment due to damage or destruction of the business. Also eligible would be spouses and children who were accompanying or following to join the principal alien, as well as grandparents of orphans who lost their USC or LPR parents in the storm.

The legislation also would extend various filing and re-entry deadlines, and would provide humanitarian relief to the surviving spouses and children of USCs who died as a result of the hurricane.

 
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