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S 1149 IS

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1149

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a new nonimmigrant category for chefs and individuals in related occupations.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 29, 2001

Mr. REID (for himself and Mr. ENSIGN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a new nonimmigrant category for chefs and individuals in related occupations.

    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 `Culinary Worker Relief Act'.

SEC. 2. NEW NONIMMIGRANT CATEGORY FOR CHEFS AND INDIVIDUALS IN RELATED OCCUPATIONS.

    (a) CHEFS AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Section 101(a)(15)(P)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(P)(i)) is amended--

        (A) by striking `or' at the end of subclause (a); and

        (B) by inserting before the semicolon at the end the following: `, or (c) is described in section 214(c)(4)(F) (relating to culinary services).'.

      (2) CULINARY SERVICES DESCRIBED- Section 214(c)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(c)(4)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

        `(F) For purposes of section 101(a)(15)(P)(i)(c), an alien is described in this subparagraph if the alien--

          `(i) provides services as a chef, foreign specialty cook, or sommelier at a level reflecting distinguished merit and ability; and

          `(ii) seeks to enter the United States temporarily and solely for the purpose of providing services as a chef, foreign specialty cook, or sommelier.'.

    (b) CERTAIN SPECIALTY COOKS AND TEACHERS OF COOKING- Section 101(a)(15)(P) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(P)) is amended--

      (1) by striking `or' at the end of clause (iii);

      (2) by redesignating clause (iv) as clause (v);

      (3) by inserting after clause (iii) the following:

      `(iv) provides services as a specialty cook and seeks to enter the United States temporarily and solely to cook and perform related duties, or teach others to cook and perform related duties, with respect to regional or ethnic cuisine that is culturally unique.'; and

      (4) by amending clause (v) (as redesignated by paragraph (2)) by striking `(ii), or (iii)' and inserting `(ii), (iii), or (iv)'.


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