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Senate bill may limit family visas

Would refocus on job criteria

WASHINGTON — Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill may dramatically limit green cards for extended families of US citizens, reserving them for immediate family members instead, a key lawmaker said Thursday.

It would be a significant change to US immigration policy that has long favored family ties over economic or job criteria. And it is already sparking opposition from groups trying to protect family-based immigration.

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