Immigration

H.R.178 – Religious Worker Visa Reciprocity Act of 2017

Official Title as Introduced:

To require the country of origin of certain special immigrant religious workers to extend reciprocal immigration treatment to nationals of the United States.

Summary:

“This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit, as of October 1, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from approving a petition for classification of an alien as a special immigrant religious worker/minister if DHS has determined that the alien’s country of nationality:

  • is identified as a Country of Particular Concern or a country where religious freedom is of significant interest in the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report, or
  • does not extend reciprocal immigration treatment to U.S. nationals who are seeking resident status in order to work in a religious vocation or occupation.”
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