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H.R. 1387: Sergeant First Class Javier J. Gutierrez Purple Heart Survivor Naturalization Fee Relief Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 25, 2021 (Introduced).


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1387

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 25, 2021

(for himself and Mr. Carbajal) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to exempt certain immediate relatives of an individual who was awarded the Purple Heart from certain fees, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Sergeant First Class Javier J. Gutierrez Purple Heart Survivor Naturalization Fee Relief Act of 2021.

2.

Exemption of fees for certain immediate relatives of an individual who received the Purple Heart

(a)

In general

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall include on a certain application or petition an opportunity for certain immediate relatives of an individual who was awarded the Purple Heart to identify themselves as such an immediate relative.

(b)

Fee exemption

The Secretary shall exempt certain immediate relatives of an individual who was awarded the Purple Heart, who identifies as such an immediate relative on a certain application or petition, from a fee with respect to a certain application or petition and any associated fee for biometrics.

(c)

Pending applications and petitions

The Secretary of Homeland Security may waive fees for a certain application or petition and any associated fee for biometrics for certain immediate relatives of an individual who was awarded the Purple Heart, if such application or petition is submitted not more than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(d)

Definition

In this section:

(1)

Active service

The term active service has the meaning given such term in section 101(d) of title 10, United States Code.

(2)

Certain immediate relatives of an individual who was awarded the Purple Heart

The term certain immediate relatives of an individual who was awarded the Purple Heart means an immediate relative of a living or deceased member of the Armed Forces who was awarded the Purple Heart and who is not a person ineligible for military honors pursuant to section 985(a) of title 10, United States Code.

(3)

Certain application or petition

The term certain application or petition means—

(A)

an application using Form–400, Application for Naturalization (or any successor form); or

(B)

a petition using Form I–360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant (or any successor form).

(4)

Immediate relative

The term immediate relative has the meaning given such term in section 201(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151(b)).