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108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 832

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide a mechanism for 
United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to sponsor their 
 permanent partners for residence in the United States, and for other 
                               purposes.


_______________________________________________________________________


                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                           February 13, 2003

 Mr. Nadler (for himself, Mr. Abercrombie, Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Andrews, 
  Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Becerra, Mr. Berman, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Brady of 
 Pennsylvania, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Mr. Capuano, Mr. Case, Mr. Clay, Mr. 
   Conyers, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Crowley, Mr. DeFazio, Ms. DeGette, Mr. 
Delahunt, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Engel, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Farr, Mr. Filner, Mr. 
 Frank of Massachusetts, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Harman, Mr. 
Hastings of Florida, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. Hoeffel, Mr. Holt, Mr. Honda, Mr. 
Jackson of Illinois, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Jefferson, Ms. Eddie 
  Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mrs. Jones of Ohio, Mr. Kennedy of Rhode 
Island, Mr. Kolbe, Mr. Kucinich, Mr. Lantos, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, 
Ms. Lee, Mr. Levin, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Ms. Lofgren, Mrs. Lowey, Mrs. 
    Maloney, Mr. Markey, Mr. Matsui, Ms. McCarthy of Missouri, Ms. 
  McCollum, Mr. McDermott, Mr. McGovern, Mr. McNulty, Mr. Meehan, Mr. 
 George Miller of California, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. Norton, Mr. Owens, 
   Mr. Olver, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Pastor, Mr. Payne, Mr. 
Rangel, Mr. Rothman, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Sabo, Ms. Linda T. Sanchez 
 of California, Mr. Sanders, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Serrano, 
 Mr. Simmons, Ms. Slaughter, Ms. Solis, Mr. Stark, Mrs. Tauscher, Mr. 
  Thompson of California, Mr. Tierney, Mr. Towns, Ms. Velazquez, Ms. 
 Watson, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Weiner, Mr. Wexler, Ms. Woolsey, and Mr. Wu) 
 introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on 
                             the Judiciary

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL


 
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide a mechanism for 
United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to sponsor their 
 permanent partners for residence in the United States, and for other 
                               purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; AMENDMENTS TO IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Permanent Partners 
Immigration Act of 2003''.
    (b) Amendments to Immigration and Nationality Act.--Except as 
otherwise specifically provided whenever in this Act an amendment or 
repeal is expressed as the amendment or repeal of a section or other 
provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to that section 
or provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    Section 101(a) (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (15)(K)(ii), by inserting ``or permanent 
        partnership'' after ``marriage''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(51) The term `permanent partner' means an individual 18 
        years of age or older who--
                    ``(A) is in a committed, intimate relationship with 
                another individual 18 years of age or older in which 
                both parties intend a lifelong commitment;
                    ``(B) is financially interdependent with that other 
                individual;
                    ``(C) is not married to or in a permanent 
                partnership with anyone other than that other 
                individual;
                    ``(D) is unable to contract with that other 
                individual a marriage cognizable under this Act; and
                    ``(E) is not a first, second, or third degree blood 
                relation of that other individual.
            ``(52) The term `permanent partnership' means the 
        relationship that exists between two permanent partners.''.

SEC. 3. WORLDWIDE LEVEL OF IMMIGRATION.

    Section 201(b)(2)(A)(i) (8 U.S.C. 1151(b)(2)(A)(i)) is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``permanent partners,'' after 
        ``spouses,'';
            (2) by inserting ``or permanent partner'' after ``spouse'' 
        each place such term appears; and
            (3) by striking ``remarries.'' and inserting ``remarries or 
        enters a permanent partnership with another person.''.

SEC. 4. NUMERICAL LIMITATIONS ON INDIVIDUAL FOREIGN STATES.

    (a) Per Country Levels.--Section 202(a)(4) (8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(4)) is 
amended--
            (1) in the paragraph heading for paragraph (4), by 
        inserting ``, permanent partners,'' after ``spouses'';
            (2) in the subparagraph heading for subparagraph (A), by 
        inserting ``, permanent partners,'' after ``spouses''; and
            (3) in the subparagraph heading for subparagraph (C), by 
        inserting ``without permanent partners'' after ``daughters''.
    (b) Rules for Chargeability.--Section 202(b)(2) (8 U.S.C. 
1152(b)(2)) is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``or permanent partner'' after ``spouse'' 
        each place such term appears; and
            (2) by inserting ``or permanent partners'' after ``husband 
        and wife''.

SEC. 5. ALLOCATION OF IMMIGRANT VISAS.

    (a) Preference Allocation for Family Members of Permanent Resident 
Aliens.--Section 203(a)(2) (8 U.S.C. 1153(a)(2)) is amended--
            (1) in the paragraph heading--
                    (A) by striking ``and'' after ``Spouses'' and 
                inserting ``, permanent partners,''; and
                    (B) by inserting ``without permanent partners'' 
                after ``sons'' and after ``daughters''; and
            (2) in subparagraph (A)--
                    (A) by inserting ``, permanent partners,'' after 
                ``spouses''; and
                    (B) by inserting ``without permanent partners'' 
                after ``sons'' and after ``daughters''.
    (b) Preference Allocation for Sons and Daughters of Citizens.--
Section 203(a)(3) (8 U.S.C. 1153(a)(3)) is amended--
            (1) in the paragraph heading, by inserting ``and daughters 
        and sons with permanent partners'' after ``daughters''; and
            (2) by inserting ``or daughters or sons with permanent 
        partners'' after ``daughters''.
    (c) Employment Creation.--Section 203(b)(5)(A)(iii) (8 U.S.C. 
1153(b)(5)(A)(iii)) is amended by inserting ``permanent partner,'' 
after ``spouse,''.
    (d) Treatment of Family Members.--Section 203(d) (8 U.S.C. 1153(d)) 
is amended by inserting ``, permanent partner,'' after ``spouse'' each 
place such term appears.

SEC. 6. PROCEDURE FOR GRANTING IMMIGRANT STATUS.

    (a) Classification Petitions.--Section 204(a)(1) (8 U.S.C. 
1154(a)(1)) is amended--
            (1) in subparagraph (A)(ii), by inserting ``or permanent 
        partner'' after ``spouse'';
            (2) in subparagraph (A)(iii)--
                    (A) by inserting ``or permanent partner'' after 
                ``spouse'' each place such term appears; and
                    (B) by inserting ``or permanent partnership'' after 
                ``marriage'' each place such term appears in subclause 
                (I); and
            (3) in subparagraph (B)--
                    (A) by inserting ``or permanent partner'' after 
                ``spouse'' each place such term appears; and
                    (B) by inserting ``or permanent partnership'' after 
                ``marriage'' each place such term appears.
    (b) Immigration Fraud Prevention.--Section 204(c) (8 U.S.C. 
1154(c)) is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``or permanent partner'' after ``spouse'' 
        each place such term appears; and
            (2) by inserting ``or permanent partnership'' after 
        ``marriage'' each place such term appears.

SEC. 7. ANNUAL ADMISSION OF REFUGEES AND ADMISSION OF EMERGENCY 
              SITUATION REFUGEES.

    Section 207(c) (8 U.S.C. 1157(c)) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (2)--
                    (A) by inserting ``or permanent partner'' after 
                ``spouse'' each place such term appears; and
                    (B) by inserting ``or permanent partner's'' after 
                ``spouse's''; and
            (2) in paragraph (4), by inserting ``or permanent partner'' 
        after ``spouse''.

SEC. 8. ASYLUM.

    Section 208(b)(3) (8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(3)) is amended--
            (1) in the heading, by inserting ``or permanent partner'' 
        after ``spouse''; and
            (2) by inserting ``or permanent partner'' after ``spouse''.

SEC. 9. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS OF REFUGEES.

    Section 209(b)(3) (8 U.S.C. 1159(b)(3)) is amended by inserting 
``or permanent partner'' after ``spouse''.

SEC. 10. INADMISSIBLE ALIENS.

    (a) Classes of Aliens Ineligible for Visas or Admission.--Section 
212(a) (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (3)(D)(iv), by inserting ``permanent 
        partner,'' after ``spouse,'';
            (2) in paragraph (4)(C)(i)(I), by inserting ``, permanent 
        partner,'' after ``spouse'';
            (3) in paragraph (6)(E)(ii), by inserting ``permanent 
        partner,'' after ``spouse,''; and
            (4) in paragraph (9)(B)(v), by inserting ``, permanent 
        partner,'' after ``spouse''.
    (b) Waivers.--Section 212(d) (8 U.S.C. 1182(d)) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (11), by inserting ``permanent partner,'' 
        after ``spouse,''; and
            (2) in paragraph (12), by inserting ``, permanent 
        partner,'' after ``spouse''.
    (c) Waivers of Inadmissibility on Health-Related Grounds.--Section 
212(g)(1)(A) (8 U.S.C. 1182(g)(1)(A)) is amended by inserting ``or 
permanent partner'' after ``spouse''.
    (d) Waivers of Inadmissibility on Criminal and Related Grounds.--
Section 212(h)(1)(B) (8 U.S.C. 1182(h)(1)(B)) is amended by inserting 
``permanent partner,'' after ``spouse,''.
    (e) Waiver of Inadmissibility for Misrepresentation.--Section 
212(i)(1) (8 U.S.C. 1182(i)(1)) is amended by inserting ``permanent 
partner,'' after ``spouse,''.

SEC. 11. NONIMMIGRANT STATUS FOR PERMANENT PARTNERS AWAITING THE 
              AVAILABILITY OF AN IMMIGRANT VISA.

    Section 214 (8 U.S.C. 1184) is amended--
            (1) by redesignating the subsections (o) and (p) added by 
        sections 1102(b) and 1103(b), respectively, of the Departments 
        of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related 
        Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001, as enacted into law by 
        section 1(a)(2) of P.L. 106-553, as subsections (p) and (q), 
        resepectively; and
            (2) in subsection (q) (as so redesignated)--
                    (A) in paragraph (1), by inserting ``or permanent 
                partner'' after ``spouse''; and
                    (B) by inserting ``or permanent partnership'' after 
                ``marriage'' each place such term appears.

SEC. 12. CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS FOR CERTAIN ALIEN 
              SPOUSES, PERMANENT PARTNERS, AND SONS AND DAUGHTERS.

    (a) Section Heading.--
            (1) In general.--The section heading for section 216 (8 
        U.S.C. 1186a) is amended by inserting ``and permanent 
        partners'' after ``spouses''.
            (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of contents is amended 
        by amending the item relating to section 216 to read as 
        follows:

``Sec. 216. Conditional permanent resident status for certain alien 
                            spouses and permanent partners and sons and 
                            daughters.''.
    (b) In General.--Section 216(a) (8 U.S.C. 1186a(a)) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (1), by inserting ``or permanent partner'' 
        after ``spouse'';
            (2) in paragraph (2)(A), by inserting ``or permanent 
        partner'' after ``spouse'';
            (3) in paragraph (2)(B), by inserting ``permanent 
        partner,'' after ``spouse,''; and
            (4) in paragraph (2)(C), by inserting ``permanent 
        partner,'' after ``spouse,''.
    (c) Termination of Status if Finding that Qualifying Marriage 
Improper.--Section 216(b) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1186a(b)) is amended--
            (1) in the heading, by inserting ``or Permanent 
        Partnership'' after ``Marriage'';
            (2) in paragraph (1)(A), by inserting ``or permanent 
        partnership'' after ``marriage''; and
            (3) in paragraph (1)(A)(ii)--
                    (A) by inserting ``or has ceased to satisfy the 
                criteria for being considered a permanent partnership 
                under this Act,'' after ``terminated,''; and
                    (B) by inserting ``or permanent partner'' after 
                ``spouse''.
    (d) Requirements of Timely Petition and Interview for Removal of 
Condition.--Section 216(c) (8 U.S.C. 1186a(c)) is amended--
            (1) in paragraphs (1), (2)(A)(ii), (3)(A)(ii), (3)(C), 
        (4)(B), and (4)(C), by inserting ``or permanent partner'' after 
        ``spouse'' each place such term appears; and
            (2) in paragraph (3)(A), in the matter following clause 
        (ii), and in paragraph (3)(D), (4)(B), and (4)(C), by inserting 
        ``or permanent partnership'' after ``marriage'' each place such 
        term appears.
    (e) Contents of Petition.--Section 216(d)(1) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 
1186a(d)(1)) is amended--
            (1) in the subparagraph heading for subparagraph (A), by 
        inserting ``or permanent partnership'' after ``marriage'';
            (2) in subparagraph (A)(i), by inserting ``or permanent 
        partnership'' after ``marriage'';
            (3) in subparagraph (A)(i)(I), by inserting before the 
        comma at the end ``, or is a permanent partnership recognized 
        under this Act'';
            (4) in subparagraph (A)(i)(II)--
                    (A) by inserting ``or has not ceased to satisfy the 
                criteria for being considered a permanent partnership 
                under this Act,'' after ``terminated,''; and
                    (B) by inserting ``or permanent partner'' after 
                ``spouse'';
            (5) in subparagraph (A)(ii), by inserting ``or permanent 
        partner'' after ``spouse''; and

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