The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

War Brides Act

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That notwithstanding any of the several clauses of section 3 of the Act of February 5, 1917, excluding physically and mentally defective aliens, and notwithstanding the documentary requirements of any of the immigration laws or regulations, Executive orders, or Presidential proclamations issued thereunder, alien spouses or alien children of United States citizens serving in, or having an honorable discharge certificates from the armed forces of the United States during the Second World War shall, if otherwise admissible under the immigration laws and if application for admission is made within years of the effective date of this Act, be admitted to the United States: Provided, That every alien of the foregoing description shall be medically examined at the time of arrival in accordance with the provisions of section 16 of the Act of February 5, 1917, and if found suffering from any disability which would be the basis for a ground of exclusion except for the provision of this Act, the Immigration and Naturalization Service shall forthwith notify the appropriate public medical officer of the local community to which the alien is destined: Provided further
Section 2
That the provisions of this Act shall not affect the duties of the United States Public Health Service so far as they relate to quarantinable diseases. Regardless of section 9 of the Immigration Act of 1924, any alien admitted under section 1 of this Act shall be deemed to be a nonquota immigrant as defined in section 4 (a) of the Immigration Act of 1924.
Section 3
Any alien admitted under section 1 of this Act who at any time returns to the United States after a temporary absence abroad shall not be excluded because of the disability or disabilities that existed at the time of that admissions.
Section 4
No fine or penalty shall be imposed under the Act of February 5, 1917, except those arising under section 14, because of the transportation to the United States of any alien admitted under this Act.
Section 5
For the purpose of this Act, the Second World War shall be deemed to have commenced on December 7, 1941, and to have ceased upon the termination of hostilities as declared by the President or by a joint resolution of Congress.
Approved December 28, 1945.
Document. War Brides Act. Congress, U.S. 1945. The Asian-American Experience
War Brides Act
Dec. 28, 1945, ch. 591, 59 Stat. 659 (8 U.S.C. 232 et seq.)

War Brides Act 1945

Section 8
War Brides Act of December 28, 1945
(59 Statutes-at-Large 659)
Waived visa requirements and provisions of immigration law excluding physical and mental defectives when they concerned members of the American armed forces who, during World War II, had married nationals of foreign countries.

Section 9
G.I. Fiancees Act of June 29, 1946
(60 Statutes-at-Large 339)
Facilitated the admission to the United States of fiance(e)s of members of the American armed forces.

Section 12
Act of June 28, 1947
(61 Statutes-at-Large 190)
Extended by six months the Attorney Generalís authority to admit alien fiance(e)s of veterans as temporary visitors pending marriage.

War Brides were to be in the US before the end of 1947.

Section 20
Act of August 19, 1950 (64 Statutes-at-Large 464)
Made spouses and minor children of members of the American armed forces, regardless of the alienís race, eligible for immigration and nonquota status if marriage occurred before March 19, 1952.

Here's the dates of war conflict -

SEPTEMBER 16,1940--DECEMBER 31,1946

JUNE 25,1950--JANUARY 31,1955

FEBRUARY 1,1955--JUNE 4, 1976

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