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Titles (3)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Hong Kong People's Freedom and Choice Act of 2020

Short Title(s) as Introduced

Hong Kong People’s Freedom and Choice Act of 2020

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To provide for temporary protected status for residents of Hong Kong, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
12/07/2020Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H6872-6874)
09/29/2020Introduced in House

All Actions (11)

Date Chamber All Actions
12/08/2020SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
12/07/2020-1:30pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12/07/2020-1:30pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H6872-6874)
12/07/2020-12:58pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 8428.
12/07/2020-12:58pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H6872-6877)
12/07/2020-12:58pmHouseMr. Engel moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
10/01/2020HouseOrdered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
10/01/2020HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
09/29/2020HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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.
09/29/2020HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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.
09/29/2020HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (23)


Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Judiciary09/29/2020 Referred to
House Foreign Affairs09/29/2020 Referred to
10/01/2020 Markup by
Senate Judiciary12/08/2020 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House (12/07/2020)

Hong Kong People's Freedom and Choice Act of 2020

This bill provides for temporary protected status (TPS) and refugee status for qualifying Hong Kong residents and contains other immigration-related provisions.

Hong Kong shall be treated as a TPS-designated country for 18 months starting from this bill's enactment. (Qualifying nationals of a TPS-designated country may not be removed from the United States and shall have employment authorization while the designation is in effect.)

Furthermore, Hong Kong shall be treated as separate from China for the purposes of various numerical limitations on immigrant visas. (Hong Kong is part of China but has a largely separate legal and economic system.)

The bill also establishes Priority Hong Kong Resident status for qualified individuals. To obtain such status, an individual must meet certain requirements, such as having resided in Hong Kong for at least ten years as of the day of this bill's enactment and not having citizenship in any jurisdiction other than China, Hong Kong, or Macau.

For the purposes of seeking refugee status or asylum, a Priority Hong Kong Resident (and certain family members of such an individual) may establish that the individual has a well-founded fear of persecution if the individual asserts such fear and (1) had a significant role in an organization that supported the 2019 or 2020 protests related to China's encroachment into Hong Kong's autonomy or the Hong Kong National Security Law enacted in 2020; or (2) was arrested, charged, detained, or convicted for participating in the nonviolent exercise of certain rights.