Following a three-day government shutdown, Congress and President Trump extended federal spending this week on programs and services through Feb. 8.
The extension gives Congress more time to enact legislation to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children—or “Dreamers”—from deportation. The extension also allows the following immigration programs and processes to resume:
- The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program, which enables foreign investors to receive a green card by investing in a regional center—a public or private venture designated by USCIS—in the U.S. that yields jobs and promotes economic growth.
- E-Verify, an internet-based system that enables businesses to check whether their employees are eligible to work in the U.S.
- Conrad 30 Waiver Program, which allows doctors with J-1 visas to apply for a waiver of the two-year residence requirement after completing the J-1 exchange visitor program. The expiration only affects the date by which the J-1 doctor must have entered the U.S.
Currently, USCIS is issuing EB-5 regional center visas to foreign investors from all countries except China, according to the February 2018 Visa Bulletin. Investors from China continue to face a more than three-year wait for an EB-5 green card.
The Alcorn Immigration Law team is closely monitoring federal legislation that affects immigration programs and processes. We believe immigration leads to innovation. Contact us if you have questions or would like a consultation about options.