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DHS Secretary Napolitano Grants Deferred Action for Widows of US Citizens

June 09, 2009

The Department of Homeland Security today announced that Secretary Janet Napolitano has granted deferred action for two years to widows and widowers of U.S. citizens—as well as their unmarried children under 18 years old—who reside in the United States and who were married for less than two years prior to their spouse’s death.  DHS noted that "[w]hile Secretary Napolitano’s directive provides a short-term arrangement for widow(er)s of deceased U.S. citizens, legislation is required to amend the definition of “immediate relatives” in the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit surviving spouses to remain indefinitely after the U.S. citizen spouse dies, enabling them to seek permanent resident status."

The complete DHS announcement may be viewed online at http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1244578412501.shtm

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