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S.223: Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act

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Sponsor Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.
Total Cosponsors 8 (7 Democrats, 1 Republican)
Introduced Feb. 4, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 4, 2013
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Bill Summary

Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act regarding the visa waiver program to: (1) authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate any country as a program country; (2) adjust visa refusal rate criteria, including addition of a 3% maximum overstay rate; and (3) revise probationary and termination provisions.

Directs the Secretary to submit to Congress: (1) an evaluation of the security risks of aliens who enter the United States without an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization verification, and (2) a description of any improvements needed to minimize the number of aliens who enter the United States without such verification.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 4, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.