H.R. 640: Student Visa Security Improvement Act

Introduced:
Feb 13, 2013
Status:
Referred to Committee on Feb 13, 2013
Prognosis
1% chance of being enacted
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This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on February 13, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced
Feb 13, 2013
Reported by Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by the President
 
Sponsor
Gus Bilirakis
Representative for Florida's 12th congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Feb 13, 2013
Length
8 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 1211 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 29, 2011

 
Full Title

To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to strengthen student visa background checks and improve the monitoring of foreign students in the United States, and for other purposes.

Summary

No summaries available.

 
Prognosis

4% chance of getting past committee.
1% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Cosponsors
6 cosponsors (6R) (show)
Committees

House Judiciary

Immigration and Border Security

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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.


2/13/2013--Introduced.
Student Visa Security Improvement Act - Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to:
(1) require DHS employees to review the applications, conduct in-person interviews where appropriate, and conduct on-site reviews of applications and supporting documentation with respect to student and exchange program visa applicants prior to final visa adjudication, with emphasis on determining whether an applicant is inadmissible for terrorist-related activities;
(2) require an institution or exchange visitor program participating in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to ensure that each covered student or exchange visitor is an active program participant, is observed, and is reported to DHS if he or she transfers institutions or academic majors;
(3) provide Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) access to appropriate employees of a SEVIS program sponsor under specified circumstances; and
(4) require a SEVIS upgrade to add data fields that include verification that students are meeting minimum academic standards.

House Republican Conference Summary

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