Text: H.R.8617 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/16/2020)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 8617


To establish a new nonimmigrant category for alien family members of United States citizens and permanent residents seeking to enter the United States temporarily to visit their relatives, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 16, 2020

Mr. Peters (for himself and Mr. Rooney of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To establish a new nonimmigrant category for alien family members of United States citizens and permanent residents seeking to enter the United States temporarily to visit their relatives, 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 “Temporary Family Visitation Act”.

SEC. 2. New nonimmigrant category for family members of United States citizens and permanent residents seeking to enter the United States temporarily.

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

(1) by striking “and who is visiting the United States temporarily for business or temporarily for pleasure;” at the end; and

(2) by adding at the end the following: “and who is visiting the United States temporarily for—

“(i) business;

“(ii) pleasure; or

“(iii) family purposes.”.

SEC. 3. REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO SECTION 101(a)(15)(B)(iii) VISAS.

(a) In general.—Section 214 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(s) Requirements applicable to section 101(a)(15)(B)(iii) visas.—

“(1) DEFINITION.—For the purpose of this subsection and section 101(a)(15)(B)(iii)—

“(A) the term ‘family purposes’ means any visits to relatives for social, occasional, or other purposes; and

“(B) the term ‘relative’ means the spouse, children, sons, daughters, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews of a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

“(2) REQUIREMENT.—Any alien who seeks admission under a visa issued under section 101(a)(15)(B)(iii) is inadmissible under this paragraph unless—

“(A) the person petitioning for the alien relative’s admission or any additional sponsor has executed an affidavit of support described in section 213 with respect to such alien; and

“(B) the alien has obtained a travel medical insurance policy for the duration of stay with minimum policy requirements determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

“(3) PERIOD OF AUTHORIZED ADMISSION.—The period of authorized admission under section 101(a)(15)(B)(iii) shall not exceed 120 days.”.

(b) Attestation.—Section 213A(f)(1)(D) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1183A(f)(1)(D)) is amended by striking “section 204” and inserting “section 204 and 101(15)(B)(iii)”.

SEC. 4. RESTRICTION APPLICABLE TO SECTION 101(a)(15)(B)(iii) VISAS.

Section 248(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1258(a)(1)) is amended to read as follows:

“(1) an alien classified as a nonimmigrant under subparagraph (B)(iii), (C), (D), (K), or (S) of section 101(a)(15).”.

SEC. 5. WAIVERS APPLICABLE TO SECTION 101(a)(15)(B)(iii) VISAS.

The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, may waive any requirement applicable to section 101(a)(15)(B)(iii) visas for humanitarian purposes, to assure family unity, or when it is otherwise in the public interest. The Secretary of State shall provide for the annual reporting to Congress of the number of waivers granted under this paragraph in the previous fiscal year and a summary of the reasons for granting such waivers.


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