Some US Immigration Programs Extended Through 2012!

With the signing of the Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act, 2010 by US President Obama, on October 28 last year, a number of US Immigration programs have been extended through September 30, 2012. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently declared the extended programs. announced the same. Let’s have a look at the USCIS programs that are being extended under the new bill:

  • The “Conrad 30” Program for J-1 non-immigrant exchange visitors: The previous requirement to acquire J-1 status by the foreign medical graduates prior September 30, 2009 is extended. The US immigration will accept the applications under this program through September 30, 2012. The new bill states that all state health departments now can ask the Department of State to abandon the 2-year foreign residency period for foreign medical students to adjust status to another visa category.
  • E-Verify Program: Operated by both Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration, this online system program helps employers to perform various enquiries related to the newly-appointed employees, such as their status or if they are lawfully eligible to work in the US. Stats say that more than 169,000 employers in the US use this electronic system to verify employees’ status.
  • Immigration Investor Pilot Program: With the extension of this program, the US immigration is allowed to consider and process petitions and applications from Alien Entrepreneurs in order to obtain permanent residence or to Adjust Status.
  • Special immigrant visa category for non-minister religious workers: This special immigrant visa is for non-minister religious employees, along with their spouses and children who are engaged in a religious occupation. The new bill allows the US immigration to accept and process applications on Form I-360, Form I-485 and more.

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