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H.R.717: Reuniting Families Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about immigration
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Sponsor Michael M. Honda, D-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 69 (69 Democrats, 1 Independent)
Introduced Feb. 14, 2013
Latest Major Action April 8, 2013
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Bill Summary

Reuniting Families Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to establish the fiscal year worldwide level of employment-based immigrants at 140,000 plus: (1) the previous year's unused visas, and (2) the number of unused visas from FY1992-FY2011.

Establishes the fiscal year worldwide level of family-sponsored immigrants at 480,000 plus: (1) the previous year's unused visas, and (2) the number of unused visas from FY1992-FY2011.

Revises the definition of "immediate relative" to: (1) mean a child, spouse, or parent of a U.S. citizen or the child or spouse of a lawful permanent resident (and for each family member of a citizen or resident, such individual's accompanying spouse or child), except that in the case of parents such citizens shall be at least 21 years old; (2) permit a widow or widower of a U.S. citizen or resident to seek permanent resident status if married at least two years at the time of the citizen's or resident's death or, if m...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 8, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration And Border Security.
Feb. 14, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.