Text: H.R.772 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/24/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 772


To require the country of origin of certain special immigrant religious workers to extend reciprocal immigration treatment to nationals of the United States.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 24, 2019

Mr. King of Iowa introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To require the country of origin of certain special immigrant religious workers to extend reciprocal immigration treatment to nationals of the United States.

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 “Religious Worker Visa Reciprocity Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Requiring reciprocal immigration treatment.

Section 204(a)(1)(G) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1154(a)(1)(G)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(iii) Beginning on October 1, 2017, no petition may be approved for classification of an alien as a special immigrant under section 101(a)(27)(C) if the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that the country of the alien’s nationality—

“(I) is identified as a ‘Country of Particular Concern’ or a country where religious freedom is of significant interest in the 2018 International Religious Freedom Report; or

“(II) does not extend reciprocal immigration treatment to nationals of the United States who are seeking resident status in order to work in a religious vocation or occupation.”.