H.R.477 - Nuclear Family Priority Act
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make changes related to family-sponsored immigrants and to reduce the number of such immigrants, and for other purposes.
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Mr. GINGREY of Georgia (for himself, Mrs. BLACK, Mr. PALAZZO, Mr. JONES, Ms. FOXX, Mr. WESTMORELAND, Mr. DUNCAN of South Carolina, Mr. BARLETTA, Mr. ROHRABACHER, and Mr. NUNNELEE) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the JudiciaryCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. IMMEDIATE RELATIVE DEFINITION.
SEC. 3. CHANGE IN FAMILY-SPONSORED IMMIGRANT CATEGORIES.
‘(a) Preference Allocation for Spouses and Children of Permanent Resident Aliens- Qualified immigrants who are the spouses or children of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence shall be allotted visas in a number not to exceed the worldwide level specified in section 201(c).’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. CHANGE IN WORLDWIDE LEVEL OF FAMILY-SPONSORED IMMIGRANTS.
SEC. 5. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.
‘(A) 75 PERCENT OF FAMILY-SPONSORED IMMIGRANTS NOT SUBJECT TO PER COUNTRY LIMITATION- Of the visa numbers made available under section 203(a) in any fiscal year, 75 percent shall be issued without regard to the numerical limitation under paragraph (2).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) IN GENERAL- Of the visa numbers made available under section 203(a) in any fiscal year, the remaining 25 percent shall be available, in the case of a foreign state or dependent area that is subject to subsection (e) only to the extent that the total number of visas issued in accordance with subsection (A) to natives of the foreign state or dependent area is less than the subsection (e) ceiling (as defined in clause (ii)).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) SUBSECTION (e) CEILING DEFINED- In clause (i), the term ‘subsection (e) ceiling’ means, for a foreign state or dependent area, 77 percent of the maximum number of visas that may be made available under section 203(a) to immigrants who are natives of the state or area consistent with subsection (e).’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Rules for Determining Whether Certain Aliens Are Children- Section 203(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (
(C) in subparagraph (D)(i)(I), by striking ‘a petitioner for preference status under paragraph (1), (2), or (3)’ and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting ‘an individual under 21 years of age for purposes of adjudicating such petition and for purposes of admission as an immediate relative under section 201(b)(2)(A)(i) or a family-sponsored immigrant under section 203(a), as appropriate, notwithstanding the actual age of the individual.’;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Waivers of Inadmissibility- Section 212(d)(11) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (
(e) Conditional Permanent Resident Status for Certain Alien Spouses and Sons and Daughters- Section 216(h)(1)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (
(f) Classes of Deportable Aliens- Section 237(a)(1)(E)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (
SEC. 6. NONIMMIGRANT STATUS FOR ALIEN PARENT OF ADULT UNITED STATES CITIZENS.
‘(s)(1) The initial period of authorized admission for a nonimmigrant described in section 101(a)(15)(W) shall be 5 years. Such period may be extended by the Secretary of Homeland Security so long as the United States citizen son or daughter of the nonimmigrant is residing in the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) A nonimmigrant described in section 101(a)(15)(W) is not authorized to be employed in the United States and is not eligible, notwithstanding any other provision of law, for any Federal, State, or local public benefit. In the case of such a nonimmigrant, the United States citizen son or daughter shall be responsible for the support of the nonimmigrant, regardless of the resources of the nonimmigrant.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) An alien is ineligible to receive a visa and ineligible to be admitted into the United States as a nonimmigrant described in section 101(a)(15)(W) unless the alien provides satisfactory proof that the United States citizen son or daughter has arranged for the provision to the alien, at no cost to the alien, of health insurance coverage applicable during the period of the alien’s presence in the United States.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICABILITY.
The amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the first day of the second fiscal year that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act, except that the following shall be considered invalid:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) Any petition under section 204 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (