Text of the Partner with Korea Act

This bill was introduced on April 26, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 26, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1812


April 26, 2013

(for himself,Mr. Moran,Mr. Holding,Mr. Royce,Mr. Franks of Arizona,Mr. Ross,Mr. Polis, andMr. Smith of Washington) introduced the following bill; which was referred to theCommittee on the Judiciary


To provide high-skilled visas for nationals of the Republic of Korea, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Partner with Korea Act .


Reciprocal visas for nationals of South Korea


In general

Section 101(a)(15)(E) of the Immigration and Nationality Act( 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(E) )is amended—


inclause (ii), by strikingoraftercapital;; and


by adding at the endor (iv) solely to perform services in a specialty occupation in the United States if the alien is a national of the Republic of Korea and with respect to whom theSecretary of Labordetermines and certifies to theSecretary of Homeland Securityand theSecretary of Statethat the intending employer has filed with theSecretary of Laboran attestation undersection 212(t)(1);.


Numerical limitation

Section 214(g) of such Act( 8 U.S.C. 1184(g) )is amended by adding at the end the following:


TheSecretary of Statemay not approve a number of initial applications submitted for aliens described insection 101(a)(15)(E)(iv)that is more than the applicable numerical limitations set out in this paragraph.


The applicable numerical limitation referred to insubparagraph (A)is 15,000 for each fiscal year.


The applicable numerical limitation referred to insubparagraph (A)shall only apply to principal aliens and not the spouses or children of such aliens.



Specialty occupation defined

Section 214(i)(1) of such Act(8 U.S.C. 1184(i)(1))is amended by strikingsection 101(a)(15)(E)(iii),and inserting clauses (iii)and(iv) of section 101(a)(15)(E),.



Section 212(t) of such Act( 8 U.S.C. 1182(t) ), as added by section 402(b)(2) of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act(Public Law 108–77;117 Stat. 941), is amended—


by strikingor section 101(a)(15)(E)(iii)each place it appears and insertingorclause (iii)or(iv) of section 101(a)(15)(E) ; and


inparagraphs (3)(C)(i)(II),(3)(C)(ii)(II), and(3)(C)(iii)(II), by strikingor 101(a)(15)(E)(iii)each place it appears.