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Resident Rolls Opened to Amnesty Immigrants

November 07, 1988|From Associated Press

The second phase of the federal government's amnesty program for immigrants starts today, when thousands of participants can begin applying for permanent residence and get their so-called green cards.

Federal officials estimated that 1.5 million of the 1.8 million non-agricultural workers who applied for amnesty under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 will apply for permanent residence status.

Under the program, applicants must complete a 60-hour course from an INS-certified school or pass oral and written examinations similar to the citizenship test given to permanent residents who entered the country legally.

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