To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for new procedures pertaining to the processing of petitions and applications for immigrant or nonimmigrant visas, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House
Visa Investigation and Social Media Activity Act of 2017 or the VISA Act of 2017

This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit a petition or
application filed with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or with a
consular officer for the issuance of a visa or the admission of an alien from
being approved unless a background check to determine whether the alien is a
national security threat or is otherwise ineligible for such visa or admission
is completed for: (1) the petitioner or applicant, and (2) each beneficiary or
derivative of the petition or application. 

Such background check shall include a review of the alien's publicly available
interactions on, and posting of material to, the Internet (including social
media services). 

An applicant must provide an English translation of his or her documentation.

No petition or application for any immigration benefit, except for work
authorization, may be approved for an alien who is at least 11 years old unless
DHS conducts an in-person interview with such alien. 

DHS shall begin implementation of an analytics software plan to detect fraud in
immigration benefits applications and petitions and to ensure that an applicant
or petitioner does not pose a national security threat.

The bill requires the deployment of DHS employees to all visa-issuing embassies
and consulates.



  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.

    Mar 7th, 2017
  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.

    Mar 7th, 2017
  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

    Mar 6th, 2017
  • Referred to House Homeland Security

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Referred to House Judiciary

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 16th, 2017