USCIS Extends Certain Immigration Benefits Until September 2012

USCIS Extends Certain Immigration Benefits Until September 2012

immigration reform 2The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported today that  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act of 2010, signed by President Obama on October 28, 2009, has extended the E-Verify, the Immigrant Investor (EB-5 Pilot Program), the Special Immigrant visa category for non-minister religious workers, and the date by which J-1 nonimmigrant exchange visitors must obtain J-1 status to qualify for the Conrad 30 program until September 30, 2012.

The E-Verify program, allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

The USCIS will continue to accept and process applications for permanent residence (green cards) based on immigrant investment investment affiliated with Regional Centers relying on job creation.

The special immigrant visa category for non-minister religious workers covers foreign nationals who are immigrating to the U.S. to work in a religious vocation or occupation and also applies to their dependent spouses and children.

Lastly, the USCIS will continue to accept applications for a waiver of the 2 year home country residency requirement for immigrant doctors based on the Conrad 30 program that allows each state health department to submit a request directly to the U.S. Department of State  to waive the residency requirement.

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