Bill proposing 3000 immigration visas for displaced Tibetans reintroduced in US Congress

June 13, 2015 3:59 am3 commentsViews: 275
The US Capitol.

The United States Capitol.

(, Jun12, 2015) – A bill was introduced in the US House of Representative on Jun 4, proposing to provide 3,000 immigrant visas to qualified displaced Tibetans over a three-year period, said Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet Jun 10. Titled as Tibetan Refugee Assistance Act (H.R.2679), it was introduced by Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.).

The contents of the bill are substantially similar to HR 6536 which was introduced by Representatives Sensenbrenner and George Miller (D-CA) in 2008. That bill lapsed after it went to the House Judiciary Committee apparently due to lack of committed lobbying.

Sensenbrenner had traveled to Dharamshala, India, in Mar 2008 as part of a Congressional delegation led by then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to meet with the Dalai Lama and explore ways to demonstrate support for the Tibetan people.

As before, the current bill describes a qualified Tibetan as an individual who is a native of Tibet and has been continuously residing in India or Nepal at the time of the enactment of the Act.

Both the Congress members have referred to the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal, the persecution of Tibetans by the Chinese government, the Tibetan people’s struggle for religious and cultural freedom, and the need for recognition by the United States to provide refugee assistance and protection under US law to the displaced Tibetans.



  • How helpless and desperate the Tibetans in exile in the aftermath of Nepal earthquake! Central Tibetan Administration should take the due responsibility in rescue them out of dilemma.

  • Astingla Egmaier

    Should HHDL increase his efforts in lobbying Obama Administration for more help and support to Tibetan victims?

  • Edinburg Harsh

    The impact of earthquake aftermath is not limited to Nepal alone, but regional and worldwide. Doctors, engineers, businessmen, volunteers etc, people from all walks of life can make efforts and contribute to the post-disaster reconstruction.

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