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Text of the To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make permanent the visa waiver program and to authorize, under certain conditions, ...

...under certain conditions, the designation of certain member states of the European Union as visa waiver program countries.

This bill was introduced on June 30, 1994, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 30, 1994 (Introduced).

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HR 4707 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4707

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make permanent the visa waiver program and to authorize, under certain conditions, the designation of certain member states of the European Union as visa waiver program countries.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JUNE 30, 1994

Mr. MACHTLEY introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make permanent the visa waiver program and to authorize, under certain conditions, the designation of certain member states of the European Union as visa waiver program countries.

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

SECTION 1. PERMANENT VISA WAIVER PROGRAM.

    Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187) is amended--

      (1) by amending the section heading to read as follows:

‘VISA WAIVER PROGRAM FOR CERTAIN VISITORS’;

      (2) in the heading of subsection (a), (a)(2), and (c) by striking ‘PILOT’ and ‘PILOT’ each place either appears and inserting ‘VISA WAIVER’ and ‘VISA WAIVER’, respectively;

      (3) in subsection (a)(1) by striking ‘during the pilot program period (as defined in subsection (e)),’;

      (4) in subsection (c)(3) by striking ‘(within the pilot program period) after the initial period’;

      (5) in subsection (c) by striking paragraph (4);

      (6) in subsection (e)(1)(A) by striking ‘(a)(1)(A)’ and inserting ‘(a)(1)’;

      (7) by striking ‘pilot’ each place it appears and inserting ‘visa waiver’; and

      (8) by striking subsection (f).

SEC. 2. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN MEMBER STATES OF EUROPEAN UNION UNDER THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM.

    Section 217(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

      ‘(4) DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN MEMBER STATES OF EUROPEAN UNION-

        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- A country that is, and has been since January 1, 1994, a member state of the European Union may be designated as a visa waiver program country if it meets the requirements of this paragraph and subparagraphs (C) and (D) of paragraph (2).

        ‘(B) QUALIFICATIONS- A member state of the European Union may not be designated as a visa waiver program country unless the following requirements are met:

          ‘(i) LOW NONIMMIGRANT VISA REFUSAL RATE FOR ELIGIBLE MEMBER STATES FOR PREVIOUS 2-YEAR PERIOD- The average number of refusals of nonimmigrant visitor visas for all nationals of member states of the European Union eligible for designation under subparagraph (A) during the two previous full fiscal years was less than 2.0 percent of the total number of nonimmigrant visitor visas for all nationals of such member states of the European Union which were granted or refused during that year.

          ‘(ii) LOW NONIMMIGRANT VISA REFUSAL RATE FOR ELIGIBLE MEMBER STATES FOR EACH OF 2 PREVIOUS YEARS- The average number of refusals of nonimmigrant visitor visas for all nationals of member states of the European Union eligible for designation under subparagraph (A) during either of such two previous full fiscal years was less than 2.5 percent of the total number of nonimmigrant visitor visas for all nationals of such member states of the European Union which were granted or refused during that year.

          ‘(iii) LOW NONIMMIGRANT VISA REFUSAL RATE FOR THAT MEMBER STATE FOR EACH OF 2 PREVIOUS YEARS- The average number of refusals of nonimmigrant visitor visas for nationals of that member state during either of such two previous full fiscal years was less than 5 percent of the total number of nonimmigrant visitor visas for nationals of that member state which were granted or refused during that year.

        ‘(C) DATA- In applying subparagraph (B), data on visas granted or refused to nationals of a member state of the European Union which has previously been designated shall be the data used for purposes of the first designation of that member state under this subsection.’.