Congress Extends Four Immigration Programs until December 11

November 19, 2015

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.

Congress has extended the EB-5, E-Verify, Conrad state 30 (physician J-1 waiver), and religious workers programs until December 11, 2015, as part of congressional passage of a continuing resolution to fund the government.

Members of Congress hope to reauthorize and reform the EB-5 program in the interim, although the outcome is uncertain due to political disputes and legislative scheduling pressures. In January, Reps. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced an EB-5 reauthorization bill in the House of Representatives. In June, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a reauthorization and reform bill in the Senate. At least two other bills to reform the EB-5 program have also been introduced. Conrad 30 supporters also hope to make changes, such as reducing backlogs in the wait for green cards.