USCIS is posting this Notice because Judge Snyder of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has approved the Settlement Agreement in the case Hootkins v. Napolitano, CV-07-5696.
The Hootkins case was about the ability of an alien widow(er) of a citizen to immigrate, if the citizen dies while the widow(er)’s case is pending.
On January 6, 2009, Judge Snyder certified the Hootkins case as a class action for Ninth Circuit cases. Congress amended the immigration law in October 2009 to provide that the spouse of a citizen can remain eligible to immigrate, despite the citizen’s death, even if the alien and the citizen were married for less than 2 years. The new law is Public Law 111-83, which took effect on October 28, 2009. Based on this change in the law, the Hootkins plaintiffs and the Government agreed to settle the Hootkins case. Judge Snyder has now given file approval to the Settlement Agreement, and the case is no longer pending in court.
A copy of the Settlement Agreement and a copy of the Notice of Judge Snyder’s approval of the Settlement Agreement can be found in the link at the bottom of this page.
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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has jurisdiction over cases in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
A copy of the Settlement Agreement can be found in the link at the bottom of this page.
A copy of the Notice of Judge Snyder’s approval of the Settlement Agreement can be found in the link at the bottom of this page.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/09/2010