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S. 1104 (110th): An act to increase the number of Iraqi and Afghani translators and interpreters who may be admitted to the United States as special immigrants, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 3, 2007 (Passed the House with an Amendment).


110th CONGRESS

1st Session

In the House of Representatives, U. S.,

May 22, 2007

AMENDMENTS:

That the bill from the Senate (S. 1104) entitled An Act to increase the number of Iraqi and Afghani translators and interpreters who may be admitted to the United States as special immigrants, do pass with the following

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert:

1.

Special immigrant status for certain aliens serving as translators or interpreters with Federal agencies

(a)

Increase in numbers admitted

Section 1059 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (8 U.S.C. 1101 note) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)(1)—

(A)

in subparagraph (B), by striking as a translator and inserting , or under Chief of Mission authority, as a translator or interpreter;

(B)

in subparagraph (C), by inserting the Chief of Mission or after recommendation from; and

(C)

in subparagraph (D), by inserting the Chief of Mission or after as determined by; and

(2)

in subsection (c)(1), by striking section during any fiscal year shall not exceed 50. and inserting the following: “section—

(A)

during each of the fiscal years 2007 and 2008, shall not exceed 500; and

(B)

during any other fiscal year shall not exceed 50.

.

(b)

Aliens exempt from employment-based numerical limitations

Section 1059(c)(2) of such Act is amended—

(1)

by amending the paragraph designation and heading to read as follows:

(2)

Aliens exempt from employment-based numerical limitations

; and

(2)

by inserting and shall not be counted against the numerical limitations under sections 201(d), 202(a), and 203(b)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151(d), 1152(a), and 1153(b)(4)) before the period at the end.

(c)

Adjustment of status; naturalization

Section 1059 of such Act is further amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (f); and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (c) the following:

(d)

Adjustment of status

Notwithstanding paragraphs (2), (7) and (8) of section 245(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1255(c)), the Secretary of Homeland Security may adjust the status of an alien to that of a lawful permanent resident under section 245(a) of such Act if the alien—

(1)

was paroled or admitted as a nonimmigrant into the United States; and

(2)

is otherwise eligible for special immigrant status under this section and under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

(e)

Naturalization

(1)

In general

An absence from the United States described in paragraph (2) shall not be considered to break any period for which continuous residence in the United States is required for naturalization under title III of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.).

(2)

Absence described

An absence described in this paragraph is an absence from the United States due to a person’s employment by the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces, under contract with the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces, or by a firm or corporation under contract with the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces, if—

(A)

such employment involved working with the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces as a translator or interpreter; and

(B)

the person spent at least a portion of the time outside of the United States working directly with the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces as a translator or interpreter in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Amend the title so as to read An Act to increase the number of Iraqi and Afghani translators and interpreters who may be admitted to the United States as special immigrants, and for other purposes..

Karen Haas

Clerk.