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Titles (3)

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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Reported to House

Strong Visa Integrity Secures America Act

Short Titles as Introduced

Strong Visa Integrity Secures America Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Immigration and Nationality Act to improve visa security, visa applicant vetting, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date
12/08/2016Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Homeland Security. H. Rept. 114-850, Part I.
05/16/2016Introduced in House

All Actions (9)

Date
12/08/2016Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Homeland Security. H. Rept. 114-850, Part I.
Action By: Committee on Homeland Security
06/08/2016Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on Homeland Security
06/08/2016Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Homeland Security
05/20/2016Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
05/20/2016Referred to the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.
Action By: Committee on Homeland Security
05/16/2016Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/16/2016Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/16/2016Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/16/2016Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (6)


Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary05/16/2016 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security05/20/2016 Referred to
House Homeland Security05/16/2016 Referred to
06/08/2016 Markup by
12/08/2016 Reported by H. Rept. 114-850
House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security05/20/2016 Referred to

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Reported to House amended, Part I (12/08/2016)

Strong Visa Integrity Secures America Act

This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Department of State to assign, in a risk-based manner, State Department employees to at least 50 visa-issuing diplomatic and consular posts based upon the following criteria:

  • the number of nationals of a country in which such posts are located who were identified in U.S. terrorist databases,
  • such a country's counterterrorism cooperation with the United States,
  • the adequacy of border and immigration control of such country,
  • terrorist organization activity in such country, and
  • the number of negative security advisory opinions regarding nationals of such country.

Such employees shall, in addition to other duties, screen admissions applications against federal criminal, national security, and terrorism databases.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall:

  • establish within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a visa security advisory opinion unit to respond to State Department requests for visa security reviews; and
  • provide, in a risk-based manner, for remote pre-adjudicated visa security assistance at at least 50 posts that are not assigned such employees.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall, within one year after enactment of this bill:

  • screen electronic passports at U.S. entry airports by reading each passport's embedded chip, and
  • utilize facial recognition or other biometric technology to screen travelers at such airports.

Electronic passport screening shall apply to U.S. citizens, nationals of a visa waiver program country, and nationals of any other foreign country that issues electronic passports.

Facial recognition or other biometric technology screening shall apply to nationals of a visa waiver program country.

The CBP shall, in a risk-based manner, continuously screen individuals issued any visa and individuals who are visa waiver program nationals against criminal, national security, and terrorism databases.

The annual visa overstay report is revised.

DHS shall: (1) ensure that certain foreign student information is available at each U.S. port of entry to CBP officers who conduct primary inspections of aliens seeking U.S. admission; (2) review the social media accounts of visa applicants who are citizens of, or who reside in, high-risk countries; and (3) review open source information of visa applicants.