104 STAT. 5006 PUBLIC LAW 101-649—NOV. 29, 1990 it has been determined in administrative or judicial proceedings that it would not be in the alien's best interest to be returned to the alien's or parent's previous country of nationality or country of last habitual residence; except that no natural parent or prior adoptive parent of any alien provided special immigrant status under this subparagraph shall thereafter, by virtue of such parentage, be accorded any right, privilege, or status under this Act", (b) WAIVER OF GROUNDS FOR DEPORTATION.— (1) IN GENERAL.— Section 241 (8 U.S.C. 1251) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: "(h) Paragraphs (1), (2), (5), (9), or (12) of subsection 241(a) (other than so much of paragraph (1) as relates to a ground of exclusion described in paragraph (9), (10), (23), (27), (29), or (33) of section 212(a)) shall not apply to a special immigrant described in section 101(a)(27XJ) based upon circumstances that exist before the date the alien was provided such special immigrant status.". Eff'^^ive date. (2) UsE OF NEW GROUNDS FOR DEPORTATION. —Effective on the 8 USC 1251 note. j^^^e that the amendments made by section 602 of this Act become effective, the subsection added by paragraph (1) is amended to read as follows: " (h) Paragraphs dXA), (I)(B), (IXO, dXD), or (3)(A), of subsection 241(a) (other than so much of paragraph (1) as relates to a ground of exclusion described in paragraph (2) or (3) of section 212(a)) shall not apply to a special immigrant described in section 101(a)(27)(J) based upon circumstances that exist before the date the alien was provided such special immigrant status.". 8 USC 1201 note. SEC. 154. PERMITTING EXTENSION OF PERIOD OF VALIDITY OF IM- MIGRANT VISAS FOR CERTAIN RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG. (a) EXTENDING PERIOD OF VALIDITY.— (1) IN GENERAL.— Subject to paragraph (2), the limitation on the period of validity of animmigrant visa under section 221(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act shall not apply in the case of an immigrant visa issued, on or after the date of the enactment of this Act and before September 1, 2001, to an alien described in subsection (b), but only if— (A) the alien elects, within the period of validity of the immigrant visa under such section, to have this section apply, and (B) before the date the alien seeks to be admitted to the United States for lawful permanent residence, the alien notifies the appropriate consular officer of the alien's intention to seek such admission and provides such officer with such information as the officer determines to be necessary to verify that the alien remains eligible for admis- , sion to the United States as an immigrant. (2) LIMITATION ON EXTENSION.— In no case shall the period of validity of a visa be extended under paragraph (1) beyond January 1, 2002. (3) TREATMENT UNDER NUMERICAL LIMITATIONS.— In applying the numerical limitations of sections 201 and 202 of the Immigration and Nationality Act in the case of aliens for Whose visas the period of validity is extended under this section, such limitations shall only apply at the time of original issuance of the visas and not at the time of admission of such aliens.