Text: H.R.628 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/22/2007)


110th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 628


To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that an individual may file an orphan petition for at least 2 years after approval of an advanced processing application.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 22, 2007

Mrs. Wilson of New Mexico (for herself, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Smith of Washington, and Mr. Price of Georgia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that an individual may file an orphan petition for at least 2 years after approval of an advanced processing application.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short Title.

This Act may be cited as the “Helping Families Adopt Orphans Act”.

SEC. 2. Extension of time to file orphan petition.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure that any covered individual may file an orphan petition for at least 2 years after the approval of the individual's advanced processing application.

(b) Fees and requirements.—The Secretary of Homeland Security shall not require a covered individual who timely files an orphan petition to pay any fees or complete any requirements that—

(1) the individual has already paid or completed in conjunction with the advanced processing application; or

(2) are contingent on the amount of time that elapses between the approval of the advanced processing application and the filing of the orphan petition.

(c) Additional fees.—The Secretary of Homeland Security shall not require any person who was a covered individual on the date of enactment of this Act to pay any fee for the timely filing of an orphan petition, unless that fee was required at the time the advanced processing application was approved.

(d) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) The term “covered individual” means any individual whose advanced processing application was approved on or after July 1, 2005.

(2) The term “orphan petition” means the Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative or such form that is a successor to that form.

(3) The term “advanced processing application” means the Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition or such form that is a successor to that form.