To provide for enhanced criminal penalties for individuals who file a SEVP certification petition under false pretenses, to prohibit certain schools from accessing SEVIS or participating in the SEVP and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Student Visa Integrity Act''.
SEC. 2. SEVIS AND SEVP DEFINED.
In this Act: (1) SEVIS.--The term ``SEVIS'' means the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System of the Department of Homeland Security. (2) SEVP.--The term ``SEVP'' means the Student and Exchange Visitor Program of the Department of Homeland Security.
SEC. 3. INCREASED CRIMINAL PENALTIES.
(a) Criminal Penalty.--Chapter 75 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ``Sec. 1548. Filing of certification petition under false pretenses ``(a) In General.--Any person who, while representing himself or herself as a principal, officer, director, or any other official of an educational institution, knowingly files a petition or provides evidence for a petition for certification or recertification with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program for attendance at such institution of nonimmigrant students under subparagraph (F)(i) or (M)(i) of section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)) under false pretenses, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for at least 2 years and not more than 15 years, or both. ``(b) Definition.--As used in this section, the...