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Court fast-tracks some green card applications

Published: Sep 27, 2012 7:00 am By: Associated Press

"A federal appeals court has ruled that immigration officials must give priority status to thousands of green card applicants who lost their place in line for U.S. residency when they turned 21.

A narrowly divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday that the United States Citizen and Immigration Services wrongly determined the applicants were no longer eligible for special visas as children of green card holders after they turned 21.

The immigration service said those children who "aged out" during the process lost their place in line, even if the parents' application took years to process."

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