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Introduced in House (04/26/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1812

To provide high-skilled visas for nationals of the Republic of Korea, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 26, 2013

Mr. Roskam (for himself, Mr. Moran, Mr. Holding, Mr. Royce, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Ross, Mr. Polis, and Mr. Smith of Washington) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To provide high-skilled visas for nationals of the Republic of Korea, and for other purposes.

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 “Partner with Korea Act”.

SEC. 2. Reciprocal visas for nationals of South Korea.

(a) In general.—Section 101(a)(15)(E) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(E)) is amended—

(1) in clause (ii), by striking “or” after “capital;”; and

(2) by adding at the end “or (iv) solely to perform services in a specialty occupation in the United States if the alien is a national of the Republic of Korea and with respect to whom the Secretary of Labor determines and certifies to the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State that the intending employer has filed with the Secretary of Labor an attestation under section 212(t)(1);”.

(b) Numerical limitation.—Section 214(g) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(12)(A) The Secretary of State may not approve a number of initial applications submitted for aliens described in section 101(a)(15)(E)(iv) that is more than the applicable numerical limitations set out in this paragraph.

“(B) The applicable numerical limitation referred to in subparagraph (A) is 15,000 for each fiscal year.

“(C) The applicable numerical limitation referred to in subparagraph (A) shall only apply to principal aliens and not the spouses or children of such aliens.”.

(c) Specialty occupation defined.—Section 214(i)(1) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(i)(1)) is amended by striking “section 101(a)(15)(E)(iii),” and inserting “clauses (iii) and (iv) of section 101(a)(15)(E),”.

(d) Attestation.—Section 212(t) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(t)), as added by section 402(b)(2) of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Public Law 108–77; 117 Stat. 941), is amended—

(1) by striking “or section 101(a)(15)(E)(iii)” each place it appears and inserting “or clause (iii) or (iv) of section 101(a)(15)(E)”; and

(2) in paragraphs (3)(C)(i)(II), (3)(C)(ii)(II), and (3)(C)(iii)(II), by striking “or 101(a)(15)(E)(iii)” each place it appears.