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HB 1209 Department of Social Services; Office of New Americans created.

Introduced by: Kathy K.L. Tran | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Department of Social Services; Office of New Americans created. Establishes the Office of New Americans within the Department of Social Services, as well as an advisory board, to assist immigrant integration within the Commonwealth on an economic, social, and cultural level. The Office shall provide (i) advice and assistance regarding the citizenship application process; (ii) assistance with securing employment, housing, and services for which such persons may be eligible; (iii) information to localities and immigration service organizations about state programs that help such persons find and secure employment, housing, and services for which they may be eligible; and (iv) information to localities and immigration service organizations regarding health epidemics and unlawful predatory actions, such as human trafficking, gang recruitment, and fraudulent financial and other schemes, to which communities of such persons may be especially vulnerable. The Advisory Board shall report to the Director of the Office, who will submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an annual executive summary of the interim activity and work of the Board

By |2020-01-12T09:12:46-05:00January 12th, 2020|Government Expansion, Immigration, Tier #1 OPPOSE|Comments Off on HB 1209 Department of Social Services; Office of New Americans created.

HB 1197 Higher educational institutions, public; certain students, eligibility for in-state tuition.

Introduced by: Kathy K.L. Tran | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Public institutions of higher education; certain students; eligibility for in-state tuition. Declares eligible for in-state tuition, regardless of domicile, any non-Virginia student enrolled at a public institution of higher education, except the Virginia Military Institute, who (i) pays for at least the equivalent of four semesters or two academic years at the institution with funds received pursuant to the federal Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 and thereafter exhausts eligibility for benefits under such act or (ii) demonstrates a commitment to pay for at least the equivalent

By |2020-01-16T20:06:55-05:00January 12th, 2020|Immigration, Tier #1 OPPOSE|Comments Off on HB 1197 Higher educational institutions, public; certain students, eligibility for in-state tuition.

SB 935 Public institutions of higher education; exemption from out-of-state tuition rates.

Introduced by: Jennifer B. Boysko | Ghazala F. Hashmi | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Public institutions of higher education; exemption from out-of-state tuition rates. Permits an individual to be exempt from paying out-of-state tuition rates at public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth if he meets the following criteria: (i) attended high school for at least one year in the Commonwealth and either (a) graduated from a public or private high school or program of home instruction in the Commonwealth or (b) passed a high school equivalency examination approved by the Secretary of Education and (ii) registers as an entering student or is enrolled in a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth. The bill provides that this exemption shall be available to students who meet the criteria regardless of their citizenship

By |2020-01-16T20:09:32-05:00January 11th, 2020|Immigration, Tier #1 OPPOSE|Comments Off on SB 935 Public institutions of higher education; exemption from out-of-state tuition rates.

SB 761 Department of Motor Vehicles; driver’s license eligibility.

Introduced by: George L. Barker | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Department of Motor Vehicles; driver's license eligibility. Authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a driver's license and special identification card to an applicant with a valid, unexpired Employment Authorization Document.

By |2020-01-19T11:37:12-05:00January 10th, 2020|Elections, Immigration, new|Comments Off on SB 761 Department of Motor Vehicles; driver’s license eligibility.

HB 1150 Inquiry and report of immigration status; persons charged with or convicted of certain crimes.

Introduced by: Alfonso H. Lopez | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Inquiry and report of immigration status; persons charged with or convicted of certain crimes. Removes provisions requiring (i) jail officers to ascertain the citizenship of any inmate taken into custody at a jail, (ii) probation and parole officers to inquire as to the citizenship status of an individual convicted of a felony in circuit court and referred to such officers, and (iii) officers in charge of correctional facilities to inquire as to the citizenship of any person committed to a correctional facility, and therefore such information is not required to be reported to the Central Criminal Records Exchange of the Department of State Police. The bill also removes the mandatory duty of the clerk of a court committing a convicted alien to a correctional facility to furnish related court records to a United States immigration officer and the requirement that an intake officer report to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security any juvenile detained on an allegation that the juvenile, believed to be in the United States illegally, committed a violent felony.

By |2020-01-10T10:00:33-05:00January 9th, 2020|Immigration, Tier #1 OPPOSE|Comments Off on HB 1150 Inquiry and report of immigration status; persons charged with or convicted of certain crimes.

SB 491 Inquiry and report of immigration status; persons charged with or convicted of certain crimes.

Introduced by: Scott A. Surovell | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Inquiry and report of immigration status; persons charged with or convicted of certain crimes. Removes provisions requiring (i) jail officers to ascertain the citizenship of any inmate taken into custody at a jail, (ii) probation and parole officers to inquire as to the citizenship status of an individual convicted of a felony in circuit court and referred to such officers, and (iii) officers in charge of correctional facilities to inquire as to the citizenship of any person committed to

By |2020-01-10T11:30:47-05:00January 8th, 2020|Immigration, Tier #1 OPPOSE|Comments Off on SB 491 Inquiry and report of immigration status; persons charged with or convicted of certain crimes.

HB 565 Driver privilege cards; penalty.

Introduced by: Robert S. Bloxom, Jr. | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Driver privilege cards; penalty. Authorizes the issuance of new driver privilege cards by the Department of Motor Vehicles to an applicant who (i) has reported income from Virginia sources on an individual tax return filed with the Commonwealth in the preceding 12 months, (ii) is not in violation of the insurance requirements for the registration of an uninsured motor vehicle, and (iii) presents an unexpired passport. The bill provides that driver privilege cards shall confer the same privileges and shall be subject to the same provisions as driver's licenses and permits; however, driver privilege cards shall not (a) confer voting privileges, (b) permit an individual to waive any part of the driver examination, or (c) have their issuance be contingent upon the applicant's ability to produce proof of legal presence in the United States. The bill provides for the term "driver's license" to consistently refer to all driver's licenses, permits, driver privilege cards, and special identification cards issued by the Commonwealth or the comparable law of another jurisdiction. The bill allows the issuance of a limited-duration driver's license and special identification card to an applicant presenting valid documentary evidence that a federal court or federal agency having jurisdiction over immigration has authorized the applicant to be in the United States for a period of at least 30 days from the date of application. The bill authorizes the Tax Commissioner to provide to the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles information sufficient to verify that an applicant for a driver privilege card or permit reported income from Virginia sources on an individual tax return filed with the Commonwealth in the preceding 12 months. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021.

By |2020-01-08T19:52:07-05:00January 6th, 2020|Elections, Immigration, Tier #1 OPPOSE|Comments Off on HB 565 Driver privilege cards; penalty.

SB 220 In-state tuition; domicile; individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Introduced by: David W. Marsden | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: In-state tuition; domicile; individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Declares that, absent congressional intent to the contrary, any individual currently granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has the capacity to intend to remain in the Commonwealth indefinitely and is therefore eligible to establish domicile

By |2020-01-16T16:27:31-05:00December 31st, 2019|Education, Immigration, Tier #1 OPPOSE|Comments Off on SB 220 In-state tuition; domicile; individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

HB 262 Inquiry and report of immigration status; certain victims or witnesses of crimes.

Introduced by: Alfonso H. Lopez | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Inquiry and report of immigration status; certain victims or witnesses of crimes. Prohibits officers or agents of any state or local law-enforcement agency from inquiring into the immigration status of a person who is (i) a victim of a crime or a parent or guardian of a minor victim of a crime or (ii) a person who is a cooperating witness in the investigation of a crime or the parent or guardian of a minor witness to a crime.

By |2020-01-04T16:36:01-05:00December 30th, 2019|Immigration, Tier #4|Comments Off on HB 262 Inquiry and report of immigration status; certain victims or witnesses of crimes.

HB 244 Inquiry and report of immigration status; persons charged with or convicted of certain crimes.

Introduced by: Mark H. Levine | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Inquiry and report of immigration status; persons charged with or convicted of certain crimes. Removes provisions requiring (i) jail officers to ascertain the citizenship of any inmate taken into custody at a jail, (ii) probation and parole officers to inquire as to the citizenship status of an individual convicted of a felony in circuit court and referred to such officers, and (iii) officers in charge of correctional facilities to inquire as to the citizenship of any person committed to a correctional facility, and therefore such information is not required to be reported to the Central Criminal Records Exchange

By |2020-01-04T16:29:57-05:00December 30th, 2019|Immigration, Tier #1 OPPOSE|Comments Off on HB 244 Inquiry and report of immigration status; persons charged with or convicted of certain crimes.