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Introduced in House (01/15/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 300

To provide for the inclusion of Israel in the visa waiver program, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 15, 2013

Mr. Sherman (for himself, Mr. Poe of Texas, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Van Hollen, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Markey, Mr. Israel, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mr. Honda, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Grimm, Ms. Schakowsky, Mrs. Ellmers, Ms. Chu, Mr. Keating, Mr. Michaud, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. McCaul, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Hultgren, Mr. Amodei, Mr. Holt, Ms. Hahn, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Connolly, Ms. Schwartz, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Lance, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Weber of Texas, Mr. Vargas, Ms. Titus, Mr. Cartwright, Ms. Brown of Florida, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Jeffries, Mr. Grayson, Mr. Stockman, and Mr. Schneider) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To provide for the inclusion of Israel in the visa waiver program, 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 “Visa Waiver for Israel Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Israel designated as a program country for visa waiver program.

(a) In general.—Beginning on the date described in subsection (c), Israel shall be deemed a program country for purposes of section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187).

(b) Exemption from application of certain requirements.—In the case of Israel, section 217(c)(2)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187(c)(2)(A)) does not apply.

(c) Effective date; compliance requirements.—The date described in this subsection is the date that the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, determines that Israel has complied with the following:

(1) The government of Israel has entered into an agreement with the Government of the United States to report, or make available through Interpol or other means as designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security, to the United States Government information about the theft or loss of passports within a strict time limit and in a manner specified in the agreement.

(2) The government of Israel has entered into an agreement with the Government of the United States to share information regarding whether citizens and nationals of Israel traveling to the United States represent a threat to the security or welfare of the United States.

(3) The government of Israel cooperates with the Government of the United States on counterterrorism initiatives, information sharing, and preventing terrorist travel, and the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State determine that such cooperation will continue.

(4) The government of Israel issues all new and reissued passports with biometric identifiers as described in section 303 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 (8 U.S.C. 1732).

(5) The government of Israel has made every reasonable effort, without jeopardizing the security of the State of Israel, to ensure that reciprocal privileges are extended to all United States citizens.