H.R. 306, Private Bill; For the relief of Corina de Chalup Turcinovic

H.R. 306

Private Bill; For the relief of Corina de Chalup Turcinovic

Sponsor
Rep. Daniel Lipinski

Committee
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Date
July 15, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 306, Private bill; For the relief of Corina de Chalup Turcinovic, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 306 was introduced on January 15, 2013 by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL).  The bill was marked up on April 30, 2014 and was reported by voice vote.[1]  The House previously passed this legislation in the 112th Congress.[2]

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[1] House Committee Report 113-445.
[2] The House passed H.R. 357 on December 4, 2012 by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 306 makes Corina de Chalup Turcinovic eligible for legal permanent residence in the U.S.  The relevant application must be submitted, and corresponding fees paid, within two years of the bill’s enactment.  H.R. 306 directs the Secretary of State to, during the current or subsequent fiscal year, reduce by one the total number of immigrant visas made available to natives of Turcinovic’s country of birth.  H.R. 306 denies preferential immigration treatment for Turcinovic’s parents, brothers, and sisters.

Background

“Corina Turcinovic was born in France in 1964.  She entered the [U.S.] through the visa waiver program in 1990 after receiving news that her then-fiancé, Marin Turcinovic, had beenstruck in New Jersey by a car driven by a drunk driver.  Marin’s spinal cord was severely damaged in the accident.  He was left with total quadriplegia when his doctors failed to correctly diagnose the extent of his injuries, including broken vertebrae in his neck.”[3]  Due to his injuries, Marin required 24-hour medical care and was dependent on Corina.[4]  Her deportation was stayed due to these circumstances, allowing her to remain in the U.S.[5]  The stay was renewed annually for the next decade.[6]

Marin and Corina were married in 1996, and after Marin obtained lawful permanent residency in 1998, he filed a petition for permanent residency for Corina.[7]  “It was approved and she was placed on the waiting list for green cards for spouses of permanent residents.  In 2003, Marin filed for naturalization (which, once granted, would allow Corina as the spouse of a citizen to immediately apply for adjustment of status to conditional permanent residence).  While a medical certification of disability made clear that Marin could not physically appear at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) office, Marin nonetheless received a fingerprint appointment notice about 2 weeks later.  Marin’s attorney contacted USCIS and the agency responded that an officer would visit Marin at his home to further process his application.  However, Marin then received notice that his naturalization application had been denied due to abandonment because of his failure to appear for fingerprinting.  Marin’s attorney again contacted USCIS and filed a motion to reopen Marin’s application.  The motion was granted on March 8, 2004.  However, Marin received another fingerprint appointment notice and died shortly later.”[8]  Corina’s situation is unique, in that she was allowed to remain in the U.S. for such a long period of time to care for Marin.[9]  In addition, but for the error by USCIS, Corina would have obtained conditional permanent residency.[10]

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[3] House Committee Report 113-445 at 1-2.
[4] Id. at 2.
[5] Id.
[6] Id.
[7] Id.
[8] Id.
[9] Id.
[10] Id.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 306 would have an insignificant effect on revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.