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October 15, 2008 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Yeah, there were some.  Among them:

  • The Supplemental Security Income Extension and Disabled Refugees Act, H.R. 2608, extends through Fiscal Year 2011 the supplemental security income (SSI) benefits eligibility for certain non-citizens with pending naturalization applications—refugees, asylees, elderly non-citizens, and victims of trafficking.

  • S. 3606, the Special Immigrant Non-minister Religious Worker Program Act, extends the Religious Worker Program through March 6, 2009.

  • H.R. 5571 extends until March 6, 2009, a program that allows for a waiver of the two year foreign-residence requirement (after graduating) for eligible physicians, if they are coming to work in a medically underserved area.

  • S. 2840 establishes a timeframe on citizenship applications filed by members of the armed forces and their dependents and will smooth the naturalization process for some members of the military and their spouses by setting up a liaison between the FBI and USCIS to expedite communications between the two agencies.

  • H.R. 5501, the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act, included a provision that repealed the statutory ban on entry for HIV-positive tourists and immigrants.  It will now be up to the Department of Health and Human Services to determine whether HIV infection is a “communicable disease of public health significance,” that would lead to a bar to admission for persons with HIV.


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