Summary: S.1685 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law No: 108-156 (12/03/2003)

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on November 12, 2003. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Basic Pilot Program Extension and Expansion Act of 2003 - (Sec. 2) Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to extend for five additional years: (1) the "basic" employment verification system pilot program; (2) the citizen attestation pilot program; and (3) the machine-readable-document pilot program.

(Sec. 3) Extends the scope of the "basic" pilot program to all States by December 1, 2004 (currently five to seven States). Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to report on such program extension by June 1, 2004.

(Sec. 4) Amends the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1993 to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to give immigration priority to petitions filed under the pilot immigration for regional centers to promote economic growth. Extends such program for an additional five years.

(Sec. 5) Directs the General Accounting Office (GAO) to conduct a study of the immigrant investor program, including information on the number of such immigrants and their country of origin, settlement locality, and employment created by them.