Many Sunsetting Immigration Programs Extended

Many immigration programs that were set to expire last month have recently been extended through September 30, 2015. The law extending these programs (Public Law 112-176) was signed by the President on September 28, 2012. The extended programs include E-Verify, the Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Pilot Program,

the special immigrant visa category for non-minister special immigrant religious workers, and the date by which J-1 nonimmigrant exchange visitors must obtain that status in order to qualify for the Conrad 30 program.

E-Verify is the internet-based system employed by USCIS and the Social Security Administration to electronically verify the work eligibility of new hires. The EB-5 immigrant investor pilot program is for investors and regional centers relying on "indirect" job creation analysis for permanent resident visas through investment. The religious worker extension applies to non-minister religious workers seeking permanent residence. The Conrad 30 program allows State departments of health to submit a J-1 waiver request directly to the U.S. State Department to initiate the waiver process for foreign medical graduates.

Additional information about these program extensions is available here.

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