- Immigration Act of 1990
The Immigration Act of 1990 (USStatute|101|649|104|4978|1990|11|29) increased the number of legal immigrants allowed into the
United Stateseach year. It also created a lotteryprogram that randomly assigned a number of visas. This was to help immigrants from countries where the United States did not often grant visas.
The Act also provided for exceptions to the English testing process required for naturalization set forth by the
Naturalization Act of 1906.
After the Act, the United States would admit 700,000 new immigrants annually, up from 500,000 before the bill's passage. The new system continued to favor people with family members already in the United States, but added 50,000 "diversity visas" for countries from which few were emigrating as well as 40,000 permanent job-related visas and 65,000 temporary worker visas. Additional provisions strengthened the
U.S. Border Patroland altered language regarding disease restrictions in a way that permitted the secretary of Health and Human Servicesto remove AIDSfrom the list of illnesses making a prospective immigrant ineligible to enter the country.
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