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H.R. 979: Promoting Tourism to Enhance our Economy Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 7, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 979

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 7, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Yoho) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to encourage Canadian tourism to the United States.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Promoting Tourism to Enhance our Economy Act of 2017.

2.

Encouraging Canadian tourism to the United States

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

(s)

Canadian retirees

(1)

In general

The Secretary of Homeland Security may admit as a visitor for pleasure as described in section 101(a)(15)(B) any alien for a period not to exceed 240 days, if the alien demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the Secretary, that the alien—

(A)

is a citizen of Canada;

(B)

is at least 55 years of age;

(C)

maintains a residence in Canada;

(D)

owns a residence in the United States or has signed a rental agreement for accommodations in the United States for the duration of the alien’s stay in the United States;

(E)

is not inadmissible under section 212;

(F)

is not described in any ground of deportability under section 237;

(G)

will not engage in employment or labor for hire in the United States; and

(H)

will not seek any form of assistance or benefit described in section 403(a) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1613(a)).

(2)

Spouse

The spouse of an alien described in paragraph (1) may be admitted under the same terms as the principal alien if the spouse satisfies the requirements of paragraph (1), other than subparagraphs (B) and (D).

(3)

Immigrant intent

In determining eligibility for admission under this subsection, maintenance of a residence in the United States shall not be considered evidence of intent by the alien to abandon the alien’s residence in Canada.

(4)

Period of admission

During any single 365-day period, an alien may be admitted as described in section 101(a)(15)(B) pursuant to this subsection for a period not to exceed 240 days, beginning on the date of admission. Periods of time spent outside the United States during such 240-day period shall not toll the expiration of such 240-day period.

(5)

Non-resident alien tax status

An alien admitted pursuant to this subsection shall be treated as a nonresident alien for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (other than subtitle B thereof).

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