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March 22, 2018


Advancing Mutual Interests and Growing our Success Act

  • Bill Introduced in the House of Representatives 03/06/2018
  • Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
  • Introduced by Congressmen David N. Cicilline (D,RI-1),                David G. Valadão (R, CA-21), Jim Costa (D, CA-16)

"This bill makes Portuguese nationals eligible to enter the 
United States  as nonimmigrant traders and investors as provided for under the immigration and Nationality Act if Portugal provides reciprocal nonimmigrant treatment to U.S. nationals."

2d Session

H. R. 5173

To include Portugal in the list of foreign states whose nationals are eligible for admission into the United States as E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrants if United States nationals are treated similarly by the Government of Portugal.

March 6, 2018
Mr.  Cicilline (for himself, Mr.  Valadao, and Mr.  Costa) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

To include Portugal in the list of foreign states whose nationals are eligible for admission into the United States as E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrants if United States nationals are treated similarly by the Government of Portugal.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

This Act may be cited as the "Advancing Mutual Interests and Growing our Success Act" or the "AMIGOS Act".
For purposes of clauses (i) and (ii) of section 101(a)(15)(E) of the Immigration and Nationality Act ( 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(E) ), Portugal shall be considered to be a foreign state described in such section if the Government of Portugal provides similar nonimmigrant status to nationals of the United States.
Caucus Co-chair Jim Costa speaking 
on the floor of the House of Representatives

The AMIGOS Act will grant Portuguese citizens eligibility for E-1 and E-2 Visas, which allow individuals to enter the United States to conduct "substantial trade" or invest a "substantial amount of capital" respectively. In 2015 alone, bilateral trade between the U.S. and Portugal reached $4.2 billion. Congressman Costa joined Congressmen David Cicilline (RI-1) and David Valadao (CA-21) in introducing the legislation in the House of Representatives earlier this month.   (Office of Communication, Cong. Jim Costa (D, CA-16).

 "As co-chair of the  #CongressionalPortugueseAmericanCaucus I am proud to join Congressmen Cicilline and Valadao in leading the AMIGOS Act, which will make Portuguese citizens eligible for trade and investment visas."  ~  Cong. Jim Costa

If the video above doesn't play,  listen to Cong. Costa's remarks HERE

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In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991  as a 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-profit, organization headquartered in Washington D.C.
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advances th e community professionally, politically and culturally  while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

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