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  •  Why do you think it will apply to people already (0+ / 0-)

    waiting for their priority dates? Laws are not retroactive.

    •  Because that's what the article says. (3+ / 0-)
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      ffour, FG, louisprandtl

      The reason is as I described.  A "priority date" just means that someone have had their petition for residency accepted, and makes them eligible to apply for a visa once the priority date comes due.

      As I read it, there will be no more visas allocated to the F4 sibling category, and the 65,000 visas per year will be given to others.

      If the article said "no one will be able to PETITION for family members" then that would imply that people with granted petitions would be fine.  But the law says that the VISAS will not be allocated to siblings anymore, and the line is nothing more than people waiting to have a visa allocated.

      Also, FYI, only criminal laws are prohibited from being retroactive.  Civil laws can be retroactive.  

      •  I see your point. I don't recall smth like this (0+ / 0-)

        being done in the past and I hope it won't be now. But it certainly will be a bad idea if it happened. If you already started the immigration process, you should be allowed to continue it.

    •  "Laws are not retroactive." (1+ / 0-)
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      FG

      To the contrary, in U.S. immigration law laws are frequently retroactive.

      And you don't need to make a law retroactive to achieve what this post is talking about.  If the new statute removes eligibility for visas for siblings of U.S. citizens, it can just do that without having to make anything retroactive.

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