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S. 2753: Protecting Children of Long-term Visa Holders Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 15, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2753

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 15, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Paul, Mr. Durbin, Ms. Collins, and Mr. Coons) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize lawful permanent resident status for certain college graduates who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the America’s Children Act or the Protecting Children of Long-term Visa Holders Act of 2021.

2.

Permanent resident status for certain college graduates who entered the United States as children

(a)

Requirements

Section 201(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151(b)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(F)

Alien who—

(i)

is not inadmissible under section 212(a) or deportable under section 237(a);

(ii)

was admitted to the United States as a dependent child of a nonimmigrant admitted pursuant to an approved employer petition under section 214 or as a dependent child of a nonimmigrant with status under section 101(a)(15)(E), and was lawfully present in the United States pursuant to such status for an aggregate period of not less than 4 years;

(iii)

had at the time of the application been lawfully present in the United States for an aggregate period of not less than 10 years; and

(iv)

has graduated from an institution of higher education (as defined in section 102(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002(a))) in the United States.

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(b)

Petition

Section 204(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1154(a)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(M)

Any alien entitled to classification under section 201(b)(1)(F) may file a petition with the Secretary of Homeland Security for such classification.

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3.

Age-out protections

(a)

Age-Out protections for immigrants

(1)

In general

Section 101(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following—

(6)

A determination of whether an alien is a child shall be made as follows:

(A)

For purposes of a petition under section 204 and a subsequent application for an immigrant visa or adjustment of status, such determination shall be made using the age of the alien on the date on which the petition is filed with the Secretary of Homeland Security or the date on which an application for a labor certification under section 212(a)(5)(A)(i) is filed with the Secretary of Labor, whichever is earlier.

(B)

For purposes of a petition under section 214(d) and a subsequent application for adjustment of status under section 245(d), such determination shall be made using the age of the alien on the date on which the petition is filed with the Secretary of Homeland Security.

(C)

In the case of a petition under section 204 filed for an alien’s classification as a married son or daughter of a United States citizen under section 203(a)(2), if the petition is later converted, due to the legal termination of the alien’s marriage, to a petition to classify the alien as an immediate relative under paragraph (2)(A)(i) or as an unmarried son or daughter of a United States citizen under section 203(a)(1), the determination of the alien’s age shall be made using the age of the alien on the date of the termination of the marriage.

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(2)

Technical and conforming amendment

Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151) is amended by striking subsection (f).

(3)

Effective date

(A)

In general

The amendments made by this section shall be effective as if included in the Child Status Protection Act (Public Law 107–208; 116 Stat. 927).

(B)

Motion to reopen or reconsider

A motion to reopen or reconsider the denial of a petition or application described in the amendments made by paragraph (1) that would have been approved if the amendments described in such paragraph had been in effect at the time of adjudication of the petition or application may be granted if such motion is filed with the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General not later than the date that is 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b)

Age-Out protections for nonimmigrants

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

(s)

An alien who entered the United States as a dependent child of a nonimmigrant admitted pursuant to an approved employer petition under this section or as a nonimmigrant described in section 101(a)(15)(E), and who is the principal or derivative beneficiary of a properly filed pending or approved petition under section 204, shall be entitled to retain derivative nonimmigrant status notwithstanding any time or age limitations until the petition is denied or the alien receives the status of alien lawfully admitted to permanent residence.

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(c)

Employment authorization

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

(t)

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall authorize an alien who entered the United States as a dependent child of a nonimmigrant admitted pursuant to an approved employer petition under this section or as a nonimmigrant described in section 101(a)(15)(E), and who is the derivative beneficiary of a properly filed pending or approved petition under section 204, to engage in employment in the United States, and shall provide such alien with an employment authorized endorsement or other appropriate work permit.

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4.

Priority date retention

Section 203(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1153(h)) is amended to read as follows:

(h)

Retention of priority dates

The priority date for an individual shall be the date that a petition under section 204 is filed with the Secretary of Homeland Security (or the Secretary of State, if applicable), unless such petition was preceded by the filing of a labor certification with the Secretary of Labor, in which case that date shall constitute the priority date. The principal beneficiary and all derivative beneficiaries shall retain the priority date associated with the earliest of any approved petition or labor certification and such priority date shall be applicable to any subsequently approved petition.

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