- President Signs Extension of E-Verify and Other Immigration Programs
- October 2, 2012
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
E-Verify and the EB-5 Regional Center Program have been extended for three years, until September 30, 2015. These programs had been set to expire on September 30, 2012. The extension, which was approved by Congress on September 13, was today signed into law by the President.
Over the past several years, E-Verify has been extended via a series of short-term reauthorizations, as well as a longer three-year extension signed by the President in 2009.
The EB-5 Regional Center Program, which was established by Congress in 1992 as a pilot and has since been reauthorized several times, allows foreign investors to obtain permanent residence in the United States by investing in designated regional centers. The bill also removes the program’s pilot designation, suggesting Congress’s recognition of the ongoing viability and permanence of the EB-5 category.
The extension also includes the Conrad 30 program, which provides a waiver of the J-1 home residence requirement for foreign national physicians working in underserved areas of the United States, and the employment-based fourth preference (EB-4) permanent residence subcategory for non-minister religious workers. Both of these programs are also extended to September 30, 2015.
With the bill’s signature, the Department of State may update the October Visa Bulletin to change the availability of regional center EB-5 and EB-4 non-minister immigrant visas to “current” from unavailable.