H.R. 5532: International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010


Full title:
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to adopted alien children.

Summary:
International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010 - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to include in the definition of "child" a child adopted under the age of 18 (16 under current law) who has been: (1) in the custody of, and has resided with, the adopting parent or parents for at least two years; or (2) battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by the adopting parent or a family member residing in the same household.

Includes in the definition of "child," and thus in the exemption from required admissions vaccination documentation, certain children who have been adopted in a foreign country that is a signatory to the Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Convention) or who are emigrating from such a country for U.S. adoption.

States that the budgetary effects of this Act for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled "Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation" for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the Committee on the Budget of the House of Representatives, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.

Text:

HR 5532 IH

111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5532

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to adopted alien children.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 15, 2010

Ms. ZOE LOFGREN of California introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to adopted alien children.

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

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010'.

SEC. 2. MODIFICATION OF ADOPTION AGE REQUIREMENTS.

    Section 101(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(b)(1)) is amended--
      (1) in subparagraph (E)--
        (A) by striking `(E)(i)' and inserting `(E)';
        (B) by striking `sixteen' and inserting `eighteen';
        (C) by striking `; or' and inserting a semicolon; and
        (D) by striking clause (ii);
      (2) in subparagraph (F)--
        (A) by striking `(F)(i)' and inserting `(F)';
        (B) by striking `sixteen' and inserting `eighteen';
        (C) by striking `Attorney General' and inserting `Secretary of Homeland Security'; and
        (D) by striking clause (ii); and
      (3) in subparagraph (G)--
        (A) by striking `sixteen' and inserting `eighteen'; and
        (B) by striking `Attorney General' each place such term appears and inserting `Secretary of Homeland Security'.

SEC. 3. HARMONIZING ADOPTIONS BETWEEN HAGUE CONVENTION AND NON-HAGUE-CONVENTION COUNTRIES.

    Section 212(a)(1)(C)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(1)(C)(ii)) is amended by striking `section 101(b)(1)(F),' and inserting `subparagraph (F) or (G) of section 101(b)(1),'.

SEC. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    The amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act except that, in the case of an alien who attained the age of 16, 17, or 18 years between April 1, 2008, and the date of the enactment of this Act, the alien shall be deemed to meet the age requirement specified in subparagraph (E), (F), or (G) of section 101(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended by section 2 of this Act, if a petition for classification of the alien as an immediate relative under section 201(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act is filed not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.
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