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H.R. 5888 (109th): Helping Families Adopt Orphans Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 25, 2006 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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109th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5888

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 25, 2006

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

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that an individual may file an orphan petition for at least 2 years after approval of an advanced processing application.

1.

Short Title

This Act may be cited as the Helping Families Adopt Orphans Act.

2.

Extension of time to file orphan petition

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure that any covered individual may file an orphan petition for at least 2 years after the approval of the individual's advanced processing application.

(b)

Fees and requirements

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall not require a covered individual who timely files an orphan petition to pay any fees or complete any requirements that—

(1)

the individual has already paid or completed in conjunction with the advanced processing application; or

(2)

are contingent on the amount of time that elapses between the approval of the advanced processing application and the filing of the orphan petition.

(c)

Additional fees

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall not require any person who was a covered individual on the date of enactment of this Act to pay any fee for the timely filing of an orphan petition, unless that fee was required at the time the advanced processing application was approved.

(d)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

The term covered individual means any individual whose advanced processing application was approved on or after January 1, 2005.

(2)

The term orphan petition means the Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative or such form that is a successor to that form.

(3)

The term advanced processing application means the Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition or such form that is a successor to that form.