Very nearly ten years has elapsed since Congress passed the Overseas Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA), but U.S. agencies have actually yet to totally implement and enforce the federal legislation to shield so-called “mail-order” brides from abuse and exploitation, relating to an unbiased report released the other day.
The step-by-step report, granted because of the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Dec. 10, found numerous shortcomings in execution and enforcement of IMBRA, which Congress passed in 2005 and strengthened through amendments in 2013. To completely implement IMBRA, the report suggested, among other measures, that U.S. agencies must:
- Revise the fiancй(e)/spouse visa petition form to gather all the details that IMBRA calls for petitioners to reveal, such as for instance whether petitioners have actually permanent orders that are protective them;
- Establish better electronic tracking mechanisms to ensure petitioners that have filed prior visa petitions for fiancй(e) or partners to get to the U.S.