S. 2974 (111th): Return of Talent Act

Feb 02, 2010 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Reported by Committee)
Richard Lugar
Senator from Indiana
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Last Updated
Mar 26, 2010
14 pages
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Referred to Committee
Last Action: Dec 15, 2009


This bill was introduced on March 25, 2010, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Feb 02, 2010
Referred to Committee Feb 02, 2010
Reported by Committee Mar 25, 2010
Full Title

A bill to establish the Return of Talent Program to allow aliens who are legally present in the United States to return temporarily to the country of citizenship of the alien if that country is engaged in post-conflict or natural disaster reconstruction, and for other purposes.


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3 cosponsors (3D) (show)

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3/26/2010--Reported to Senate amended.
Return of Talent Act -
Section 2 -
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish the Return of Talent Program to permit a lawful permanent resident (and certain family members) to return to his or her country of citizenship or nationality for up to one year (with a six-month extension) in order to contribute to such country's postconflict or natural disaster reconstruction activities or to provide medical services.
Permits such a resident to be considered to be physically present and residing in the United States for naturalization purposes under specified conditions, including that:
(1) such absence was solely to engage in postconflict or natural disaster reconstruction or to provide medical services in the resident's country of citizenship or nationality and the Secretary determines that the resident is a citizen or national of certain countries in which there was a conflict or disaster; or
(2) the resident is a physician or other health care worker and such temporary absence was solely for the purpose of providing medical services in the resident's country of citizenship or nationality in which certain conflicts or disasters occurred; and
(3) prior to, and after, such temporary absence the resident establishes to the satisfaction of the Secretary that his or her U.S. absence was solely for the purpose of performing such activities or services.
Authorizes up to 1,000 aliens in any fiscal year to obtain such preservation of residence and physical presence.
Authorizes the spouse and any minor, dependent unmarried son or daughter who resides in the same household as the Program participant to return to such alien's country of citizenship or nationality or to reenter the United States.
Section 3 -
Directs the Secretary to report to Congress regarding participating Program countries and reconstruction efforts and medical services provided.
Section 4 -
Authorizes FY2011 appropriations for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to carry out this Act.

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