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Changes in US Visa Good News for Families of War Veterans

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The Los Angeles Times today reported that the US government is streamlining its visa system to allow the families of aging Filipino veterans to visit the United States.

The decades-old rule in this regard, Filipinos who enlisted in the American military and now living in the U.S., especially the ones dating back to World War II, are allowed to petition family members. However, the approval system for these Filipino-Americans takes decades to be approved. “The new rules will allow certain family members of Filipino veterans of U.S. wars to seek parole so they can come to the U.S. on a temporary basis,” The L.A. Times reported.

In 1990, there were tens of thousands of Filipino war veterans who were granted U.S. citizenship when a new immigration law gave them special status to do so. However, many of family members of these Filipino veterans who immediately filed petitions for sponsorships are still waiting. Adult children past the 18-year old mark still wait in line because of the U.S. annual visa limits.

The recent change short-circuits the old process and prioritizes the petitions of Filipino veterans.

Source: Los Angeles Times | 89.3 KPCC | PRI.com

Title photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Hight uploaded to wikipedia.org as public domain. Click here.

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