AILA Doc No. 04021861 | Dated February 12, 2004
Mr. CHAMBLISS introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To allow aliens who are eligible for diversity visas to be eligible beyond the fiscal year in which they applied.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,SECTION 1. DIVERSITY LOTTERY VISAS.
(a) PROCEDURE FOR GRANTING IMMIGRANT STATUS- Section 204(a)(1)(I)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1154(a)(1)(I)(ii)) is amended by striking subclause (II) and inserting the following:
`(II) An immigrant visa made available under section 203(c) may be issued, or adjustment of status under section 245(a) based upon the availability of such visa may be granted, to an eligible qualified alien who has properly applied for such visa or adjustment of status in the fiscal year for which the alien was selected, notwithstanding the end of the fiscal year. Such visa or adjustment of status shall be counted against the worldwide level set forth in section 201(e) for the fiscal year for which the alien was selected, except that with respect to applications properly filed in 2003, such visa or adjustment of status shall not be counted against the worldwide level set forth in section 201(e), and a visa shall be deemed to be available with respect to such applications.'.
(b) APPLICABILITY- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to--
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 04021861.