Uniting American Families Act

Uniting American Families Act

The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA, , ) is a U.S. bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships.

The UAFA was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on May 8, 2007 by New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). There are currently 118 Cosponsors of this bill in the United States House of Representatives.

The UAFA was introduced in the United States Senate on May 8, 2007 by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). There are currently 18 Cosponsors of this bill in the United States Senate.

Definitions of Permanent Partner and Permanent Partnership

The UAFA defines Permanent Partner and Permanent Partnership as follows:

The term "permanent partner" means an individual 18 years of age or older who--

(A) is in a committed, intimate relationship with another individual 18 years of age or older in which both individuals intend a lifelong commitment;

(B) is financially interdependent with that other individual;

(C) is not married to, or in a permanent partnership with, any individual other than that other individual;

(D) is unable to contract with that other individual a marriage cognizable under this Act; and

(E) is not a first, second, or third degree blood relation of that other individual.

The term "permanent partnership" means the relationship that exists between 2 permanent partners.

History of the Act

Congress Short title Bill number(s) Date introduced Sponsor(s) # of cosponsors Latest status
110th Congress Uniting American Families Act of 2007
May 8, 2007 Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
House=118
Senate=18
Referred to Judiciary Committee(s)
109th Congress Permanent Partners Immigration Act
Uniting American Families Act

June 21, 2005 House=115
Senate=13
108th Congress Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2003
July 31, 2003 House=129
Senate=12
107th Congress Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2001 February 14, 2001 Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) House=106
106th Congress Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2000 February 14, 2000 House=59

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