Summary

                            To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish the Virgin Islands visa waiver program.

Introduced in House
Virgin Islands Visa Waiver Act of 2017

This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a visa waiver
program for the United States Virgin Islands for individuals who are a national
of a country that is a member or an associate member of the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) listed in regulations under this Act and who apply for admission as a
nonimmigrant business or pleasure visitor solely for entry into and stay in the
United States Virgin Islands for not more than 30 days, if the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) determines that such waiver does not represent a threat
to the welfare or security of the United States or its territories and
commonwealths.

DHS shall suspend the admission of nationals of a country if DHS determines
that: (1) such admissions have resulted in an unacceptable number of visitors
remaining unlawfully in the United States Virgin Islands, unlawfully obtaining
entry to other parts of the United States, or seeking withholding of removal or
asylum; or (2) visitors from such country pose a risk to law enforcement or
security interests of the United States Virgin Islands or of the United States. 

DHS is authorized to suspend the program at any time, on a country-by-country
basis, for other good cause.

The bill provides for the addition of program countries.



                        

Actions

  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

    Jan 13th, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

    Jan 3rd, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 3rd, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 3rd, 2017