Notwithstanding any other provision of law and except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the Secretary shall direct consular officers not to issue a visa to any person whom the Secretary finds, based on credible and specific information, to have been directly involved with the coercive transplantation of human organs or bodily tissue, unless the Secretary has substantial grounds for believing that the foreign national has discontinued his or her involvement with, and support for, such practices.
The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section do not apply to an applicant who is a head of state, head of government, or cabinet-level minister.
The Secretary may waive the prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section with respect to a foreign national if the Secretary—
(1)determines that it is important to the national interest of the United States to do so; and
(2)not later than 30 days after the issuance of a visa, provides written notification to the appropriate congressional committees containing a justification for the waiver.
Section was enacted as part of the Department of State Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003, and also as part of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003, and not as part of the Immigration and Nationality Act which comprises this chapter.
For definitions of “Secretary” and “appropriate congressional committees” as used in this section, see section 3 ofPub. L. 107–228, set out as a note under section
2651 of Title
22, Foreign Relations and Intercourse.
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