The House Passes Two Immigration Bills before Recess

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two immigration bills before members left for their summer recess.

The first bill, H.R. 398, was sponsored by House Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and would amend the law that stipulates a 90-day period during which time an alien and petitioning spouse must file a petition and complete an interview to remove the alien’s conditional legal permanent resident status. Under the new legislation, the period of time would be placed on hold while either partner is a member of the U.S. military serving abroad, in order to extend the deadline.

The second bill, H.R. 1933, was sponsored by House Judiciary Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) and would reinstate an expired program that admits nonimmigrant nurses in shortage areas for health professions. The new proposal would allow the government to issue 300 visas per year to eligible foreign nurses. The visas would be valid for three years and would be renewable for an additional three-year period. Now let us see what the Senate will do with respect to the above referenced bills.