A Stamp in a Passport Ends a Long Struggle for Residency

Kirk Semple, New York Times, December 22, 2009

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On Tuesday morning, Ms. Robinson [Osserritta Robinson, a Jamaican immigrant and widow], 32, once again sat for a residency interview in a federal office building in Newark. But this time, she had the weight of a new law behind her: On Oct. 28, President Obama signed legislation that enabled all widows and widowers of American citizens to apply for permanent residency regardless of how long the couple were married.

When Ms. Robinson walked out of the federal building an hour later, she had a stamp in her passport that granted her permanent residency.

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