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2004 - 2000
2004 - 2000
President Signs the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
President Bush, on 12/17/04, signed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (S. 2845). We will post the public law number as soon as one is issued.
FY2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Eliminates 5,000 Cap on Indochinese Parolee Adjustments
On 12/8/04, President Bush signed the FY05 omnibus spending package comprising 9 appropriations bills (PL 108-447, H.R. 4818). The new law contains several immigration-related measures, including one that eliminates the 5,000 cap on adjustments for Indochinese parolees. AILA Doc. No. 04121566.
Text of Provision Eliminating the 5,000 Cap on Indochinese Parolee Adjustments (PL 108-447)
Statutory text of provision eliminating the 5,000 cap on Indochinese Parolee adjustments, contained in Division D, Title V, sec. 534(m) of the FY 2005 omnibus spending package (Pub. L. No. 108-447, H.R. 4818). President Bush signed the measure on December 8.
President Signs Bill to Amend, Extend Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act
President Bush, on 12/10/04, signed legislation to amend and extend the Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998. The program allows young adults from disadvantaged areas of Northern Ireland and designated border counties to enter the U.S. to develop job skills and conflict resolution abilities.
Text of Enrolled Version of H.R. 2655
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Text of enrolled (final) version of H.R. 2655, amending and extending the Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998. President Bush signed the bill on December 10 (Pub. L. No. 108-449).
Text of Enrolled Version of FY 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (H.R. 4818)
Final text of the FY 2005 omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 4818). President Bush signed the bill into law on December 8, 2004. We will post the Public Law number as soon as it becomes available.
President Signs FY 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (PL 108-447)
President Bush, on 12/8/04, signed the $388.4 billion FY 2005 omnibus spending package comprising 9 appropriations bills (H.R. 4818). The new law contains several immigration-related measures, most notably, reforms to the L-1 and H-1B visa programs. We will post the Public Law number when it becomes available.
Text of Enrolled Version of Bill to Extend J Waiver Program for Physicians
Final text of legislation that extends and modifies the “Conrad 30” J waiver program for foreign-born physicians (S. 2302, Pub. L. No. 108-441). President Bush signed the bill on December 3, 2004.
Summary of the Conference Report, S. 2845 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
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The summary of the Conference Report, S. 2845 Intelligence Reform And Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, passed by the House of Representatives on December 7, 2004 and by the Senate on December 8, 2004. AILA Doc. No. 04120841.
Intelligence Reform Deal Appears to Be Reached
Hill offices are reporting that a deal has been reached on the intelligence reform bill. This deal appears to not include any of 11 objectionable immigration provisions in H.R. 10, and does include the provisions included in the conference agreement. AILA Doc. No. 04120761.
President Signs Bill to Extend J Waiver Program for Physicians
President Bush, on December 3, signed legislation that extends and modifies the “Conrad 30” J waiver program for foreign-born physicians (S. 2302, Pub. L. No. 108-441). Click on the item for a brief summary of the new law.
Update on Congress’ Lame Duck Session: L-1 Visas, H-1B Visas, and the Intelligence Reform Legislation
The House and Senate both passed the omnibus bill which includes an exemption from the H-1B cap for graduates of U.S. Ph.D. and Masters programs and L visa reform. Late Saturday afternoon, House Republican leadership announced that the House will not consider the 9/11 bill. AILA Doc. no. 04112211.
Section-by-section Summary of L-1 & H-1B Amendments Included in Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations (H.R. 4818)
AILA’s section-by-section analysis of amendments that would exempt from the cap 20,000 H-1Bs with advanced degrees from U.S. Universities; increase fees; adjust the prevailing wage calculation; modify DOL investigations and reform the L-1B program. AILA Doc. No. 04112210.
Text of P.L. 108-390
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The President has signed into law H.R. 4306, which allows employers to electronically complete and store employment eligibility verification (I-9) forms. In addition to e-storage, the bill would permit the use of handwritten or electronic signatures in completing the I-9 forms. We will post the Public Law number on InfoNet once it is assigned. AILA Doc. No. 04110110.
The Human Faces Behind H.R. 10
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Examples of how H.R. 10 could impact the lives of real people. AILA Doc. No. 04102716.
Summary of Select Immigration Provisions of H.R. 10 as Passed by the House and Referred to Conference
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AILA’s summary and analysis of selected immigration provisions contained in the “9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act” (H.R. 10) as passed by the House and reported to Conference. AILA Doc. No. 04101469.
House Passes H.R. 10 with Numerous Anti-Immigrant Provisions
On 10/8/04, the House debated and voted on H.R. 10 as well as a number of immigration-related amendments to the bill. Unfortunately, the bill passed by a large margin (282-134) and contains a number of extremely troubling provisions. AILA Doc. No. 04100840.
Asylee Cap Amendment Not Introduced in Senate
On 9/23/04, Sen. Brownback did not offer the much anticipated asylee cap amendment to the Foreign Operations bill. Sens. Chambliss, Cornyn, Hatch, Kyl, Sessions, and Grassley had threatened to introduce a substitute amendment containing a variety of troubling provisions. AILA Doc. No. 04092464.
Anti-Matricula Measure Defeated in the House
On 9/14/04, the House removed a provision from a spending bill that would have prohibited the Treasury Department from implementing regulations to allow financial institutions to accept matricula consular ID cards as part of a valid customer identification program. AILA Doc. No. 04091662.
Text of PL 108-287 includes Limited H-2B Exemption for Fish Roe Workers
President Bush signed into law on 8/5/04, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2005 (H.R. 4613). Included in this law was a provision exempting fish roe workers from the H-2B cap. For more information on this limited fix as well as AILA's efforts to obtain a broader fix to the H-2B numerical cap, see AILA Doc No. 04072863.
Double Victories in the House: Roybal-Allard Passes House; Tancredo Amendment Fails (Updated 6/21/04)
The Roybal-Allard amendment to prevent the contracting out of the IIO function passed the House by a 242-163 margin. The Tancredo amendment to withhold DHS funds from states and localities that do not report individuals' immigration status was defeated by a 262-145 vote. AILA Doc. No. 04061871.
Text of PL 108-179—the Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2003
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Text of PL 108-179, the Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2003. The legislation, which President Bush signed on 12/15/03, amends the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations to provide assistance for domestic and foreign centers and programs for the treatment of victims of torture. AILA Doc. No. 040222465.
Text of PL 108-193—the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003
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Text of PL 108-193, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003. The legislation, which President Bush signed on 12/19/03, authorizes appropriations for FYs 2004 and 2005 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and makes several changes to that Act. See AILA Doc. No. 03122315 for additional details. AILA Doc. No. 04022464.
President Signs Legislation Reauthorizing Trafficking Victims Protection Act
On 12/19/03, the President signed into law legislation (H.R. 2620; PL 108-193) that authorizes appropriations for FY04 and FY05 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). The bill also makes several changes to the immigration provisions of the TVPA. AILA Doc. No. 03121715.
Congress Clears Legislation that Extends, Expands Employment Verification Pilot Program, Extends Investor Pilot
Congress passed legislation (S. 1685) that extends through 2008 the employment eligibility verification pilot program established by § 401 of the IIRIRA. The bill also expands the program to all 50 states, requires reporting, and extends the EB-5 pilot program for 5 years. AILA Doc. No. 03112111.
Senate Votes to Extend Employment Eligibility Verification Pilot Program and EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program
On 11/12/03, the Senate passed by unanimous consent S.1685, a bill to extend the employment eligibility pilot program for 5 years and to expand it to all 50 states. Attached was a measure to extend EB-5 regional centers for an additional 5 years. AILA Doc. No. 03111442.
Special Immigrant Religious Worker Program Extended until 2008
On October 15 the President signed into law H.R. 2152 (P.L. 108-99). The new law will extend the special immigrant religious worker program for five years. AILA Doc. No. 03101511.
Religious Worker Bill Passes the Senate and Will Go To President For Signature
On 10/3/03, the Senate passed the House-passed version of the a bill which would extend the religious worker program until 2008. The bill will now be sent to the President, who has 10 days to sign it into law. AILA Doc. No. 03100343.
Bipartisan Farmworker Bill Introduced in the House and Senate
On 9/23/03, the Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security (AgJOBS) Act of 2003 was introduced (H.R. 3142/S. 1645). Provisions include earned adjustment, a streamlined H-2A program and enhanced labor protections. AILA Doc. No. 03092444.
Chile and Singapore FTAs Signed Into Law
On 9/3/03, the President signed free trade agreements (FTAs) with Chile (P.L. 108-77) and Singapore (P.L. 108-78) into law. The immigration provisions of both laws are attached. AILA Doc. No. 03090542.
Chile and Singapore FTAs Impact Immigration Laws
Immigration-related provisions contained in the administration's free trade agreements (FTAs) with Chile (H.R. 2738) and Singapore (H.R. 2739). Included within the immigration provisions of the bills is a country-specific numerical limit on H-1B visas. AILA Doc. No. 03080614.
President Signs Omnibus Budget Bill, Including Reversal of Fee Change
On 2/20/03, the President signed the budget bill, which includes funding for NSEERS and deletes the provision of law that had caused the INS to change its filing fees. It appears that a Federal Register notice will be needed to institute this reversion of the fees. AILA Doc. No. 03022140.
Update on Fee Surcharge and NSEERS Provisions in Omnibus Budget Bill
Update on congressional passage of an omnibus budget bill (H.R. Res. 2) which includes a provision that pertains to the surcharge on application fees and another that has to do with the NSEERS program.
Senate Budget Bill Suspends NSEERS Funding
A provision in the Senate-passed budget bill suspends funding for NSEERS, which includes special registration, and restores $165 million toward building an entry/exit system. This provision is not in the House bill, so the bill will need to go to conference.
Expanded Section-by-Section Summary of the Homeland Security Act of 2002
AILA’s expanded section-by-section analysis of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296), including sections on the Officer for Civil Rights and FOIA exemptions. AILA Doc. No. 02120240.
Senate Passes Homeland Security Bill
The Senate, on Tuesday November 19, passed the Homeland Security bill by a vote of 90 -9. For procedural reasons, the legislation will now go back to the House, which will meet briefly on Friday to clear the bill and send it to the President. AILA Doc. No. 02112040.
Homeland Security Update
Congress and the White House have reached an agreement on civil service provisions that had threatened to sidetrack homeland security legislation. Lame duck lawmakers are already at work on a new draft bill offered up yesterday by Rep. Armey (R-TX) and Sen. Lott (R-MS). AILA Doc. No. 02111342.
President Signs Border Student Commuter Bill
President Bush, on 11/2/02, signed the "Border Student Commuter Act of 2002" (H.R. 4967, P.L. 107-274). The new law creates a border commuter nonimmigrant classification under the F and M visa categories for Canadian and Mexican nationals who maintain residence in their country of nationality and commute to the U.S. for full- or part-time study.
DOJ Authorization Goes to President for Signature
HR 2215, the DOJ Authorization bill that contains several immigration provisions, was presented to the President for signature on 10-23-02.
Congress Passes Measure to Apply AC21 to Pending Labor Certifications/Make Other Immigration Changes
The Senate passed the DOJ Authorization bill which includes H-1B extensions beyond the 6th year based on lengthy labor certification adjudication, extension of Conrad 20, EB-5. The measure already passed in the House, and the President is expected to sign it. AILA Doc. No. 02100440.
DOJ Authorization Not Yet Signed
The DOJ authorization bill, which contains some immigration provisions, has not yet been sent to the President for signature because Congress is trying to pass an accompanying technical corrections measure. AILA Doc. No. 02101544.
New Law Extends the Irish Peace Process Cultural Training Program
President Bush signed legislation on October 4, 2002, extending for another year the Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program (Pub. L. No. 107-234). AILA Doc. no. 02100741.
DOJ Authorization Bill Would Apply AC21 Provisions to Pending Labor Certifications/Make Other Immigration Changes
Immigration provisions (H-1B extensions beyond the 6th year based on lengthy labor certification adjudication, extension of Conrad 20, EB-5, and child citizenship) are included in the DOJ Authorization bill that the House passed on 9/26. AILA Doc. No. 02092734.
Section-by-Section Summary of the Child Status Protection Act
AILA’s summary of the Child Status Protection Act (P.L. 107-208). AILA Doc. No. 02080940.
Age-Out Protection Bill Cleared for President’s Signature
On 7/22/02, the House approved the Child Status Protection Act (H.R. 1209). The bill addresses the problem of minor children losing their eligibility for certain immigration benefits as a result of INS processing delays. The Senate passed the measure on 6/13/02. AILA Doc. No. 02072402.
President Signs Vietnamese Refugee Legislation
On 5/30/02, President Bush signed into law H.R. 1840 (P.L. 107-185, 116 Stat. 587), legislation that extends for two years the period of time in which the INS and the DOS can process the applications for refugee status of certain Vietnamese nationals. AILA Doc. No. 02053143.
Section-by-Section Summary of the Border Security Act
AILA’s section-by-section summary of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-173). AILA Doc. No. 02052445.
Section-by-Section Summary of the PATRIOT Act
AILA's section-by-section summary of the immigration provisions in the Provide Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (PATRIOT) Act of 2001 (H.R. 2975). AILA Doc. No. 01101081.
Section-by-Section Summary of the USA Act of 2001
AILA's section-by-section summary of the immigration provisions in the Uniting and Strengthening America (USA) Act of 2001 (S. 1510). AILA Doc. No. 01101080.
Current Immigration Laws
Current U.S. immigration law is based on the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 ("INA," codified at 8 U.S.C. §1101 et.seq.), which has been amended many times over the last 40 years. Included are some of the most important and recent amendments to the INA.
Congress Authorizes Premium Processing Fee
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Section 112 of the District of Columbia Appropriations Act adds to the INA subsection 296(u), authorizing the INS to charge a $1,000 premium processing fee for employment-based petitions and applications. AILA Doc. No. 00122190.
Full Text of LIFE Act and LIFE Act Amendments
Full legislative language of immigration provisions enacted by the 106th Congress as part of the end-of-session negoatiations.
President Signs Anti-Terrorism Legislation
On Friday, October 26, President Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law. AILA Doc. No. 01102931.
Section-by-Section Summary of the USA Act
AILA's section-by-section summary of the immigration provisions in the Uniting and Strengthening America (USA) Act of 2001 (H.R. 2975). AILA Doc. No. 01102380.
Summary of the LIFE Act
AILA’s summary of major provisions included in Legal Immigration and Family Equity (LIFE) Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-533). AILA Doc. No. 01010507.
Legislation Recently Signed Into Law
List and brief summary of immigration legislation recently enacted. AILA Doc. No. 00110780.
Summary of VAWA II Immigration Fixes
Summary of the changes resulting from the passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-386). AILA Doc. No. 00110180.
Full Text of S. 2045 as Passed By Senate and House
Text and .pdf version of H-1B Bill passed by Congress on October 3 and sent to the President for Signature.
Section 110 Bill Signed Into Law
The INS Data Management Improvement Act (PL 106-215), mandating that INS create centralized database to organize and coordinate entry and exit data CURRENTLY COLLECTED at ports of entry, signed into law June 15.
107th CONGRESS Immigration-Related Legislation Introduced After September 11, 2001
A list of immigration-related legislation introduced during the 107th Congress in the immediate wake of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. AILA Doc. No. 01101660.
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