Notwithstanding the years’ old gridlock in regard to immigration reform, some significant changes will take place on or before September 30th. It’s not that Congress has had an epiphany. Several important immigration laws will sunset on September 30th unless reauthorized by Congress. If Congress does nothing, four major immigration programs will come to an end: E-Verify, the Conrad State 30, EB-5 and the Special Immigrant Non-minister Religious Worker programs.
E-Verify is the mostly voluntary electronic employment eligibility verification program used by hundreds of thousands of US employers in conjunction with their I-9 employment eligibility verification of new workers.
The Conrad State 30 program allows each state and the District of Columbia to recommend up to 30 waivers per year of the 2-year home-residency requirement imposed upon J-1 physicians who have completed medical training in the US. In exchange for the waiver, the physician must practice medicine in a medically underserved area pursuant to state and federal guidelines.
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