Homeland Security Committee to Review Visa Integrity Secures America Act

Summary

The Homeland Security Committee will soon be reviewing the Strong Visa Integrity Secures America Act, a bill proposed to improve visa security, vetting, and other border concerns.This article will discuss the different sections of the bill and its future meaning.

June 13, 2016


Section 2: Visa Security. This portion of the bill fouses on appointing consular officers at U.S. consular posts abroad. The criteria is as follows:

  • Number of nationals per any country recognized by the U.S. government database as known or suspected terrorists in the past year.
  • Efforts between the country and the U.S. in counterterrorism efforts.
  • Available info on terrorist activity.
  • Negative comments on Security Advisory Opinions issued towards nationals of that country.
  • The country's border and immigration control; and
  • Any other criteria the Secretary finds necssary

Section 3: Electronic Passport Screening and Biometrics

  • Within one year of this act’s enactment, CBP will scan applicants through use biometric technology and electronic passports. Any individual coming into the U.S. on a visa must be screened in criminal, national security, and terrorism databases.

Section 4: Visa Overstays

  • Section 4 declares that once a year, the secretary of Homeland Security writes a report to the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives, estimating nonimmigrant statistics for entries and other data.

Section 5: Student and Exchange Visitor Information System Verification (SEVIS):

  • SEVIS Information needs to be available to CBP while at any port of entry for initial screening of nonimmigrant travelers to U.S.

Source - EB-5 Insights