H.R. 4145 (103rd): To require the Attorney General and the Secretary of State to designate Ireland as a pilot program ...

...country for purposes of the visa waiver pilot program.

103rd Congress, 1993–1994. Text as of Mar 24, 1994 (Introduced).

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HR 4145 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4145

To require the Attorney General and the Secretary of State to designate Ireland as a pilot program country for purposes of the visa waiver pilot program.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 24, 1994

Mr. MCCLOSKEY (for himself, Mr. MACHTLEY, Mr. MOAKLEY, Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts, Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. QUINN, Mr. WALSH, Mr. APPLEGATE, Mr. CALVERT, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. COYNE, Mr. GILMAN, Mrs. MALONEY, Mr. MANTON, and Ms. MOLINARI) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To require the Attorney General and the Secretary of State to designate Ireland as a pilot program country for purposes of the visa waiver pilot program.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. CONGRESSIONAL FINDINGS.

    The Congress finds that--

      (1) Ireland and the United States have close cultural and historical ties;

      (2) citizens of Ireland who have entered the United States on nonimmigrant visas have demonstrated exemplary overstay rates of 0.08 percent in 1992 and 1.2 percent in 1991;

      (3) the overstay rates of citizens of Ireland who enter the United States on nonimmigrant visas are comparable to the overstay rates of citizens of the Western European countries that are currently designated as pilot program countries for purposes of the visa waiver pilot program described in section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187); and

      (4) citizens of the United States are able to enter Ireland without obtaining nonimmigrant visas, while citizens of Ireland do not receive the same privilege regarding entry into the United States.

SEC. 2. DESIGNATION OF IRELAND AS VISA WAIVER PILOT PROGRAM COUNTRY.

    (a) IN GENERAL- The Attorney General and the Secretary of State shall jointly designate Ireland as a pilot program country under section 217(c)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187(c)(1)) for purposes of the visa waiver pilot program described in section 217 of such Act.

    (b) REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO CONTINUING QUALIFICATION- The provisions of section 217(c)(3)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187(c)(3)(A)) shall apply to the qualification of Ireland for designation as a pilot program country for each fiscal year after the fiscal year for which the designation required by subsection (a) is made.