USCIS Extends E-Verify, Investor Visa, Religious Worker Visa Programs
A new federal law extends several USCIS Immigration Programs, including the E-Verify worker eligibility program and special visa programs, through September 30, 2015.
The bill impacts the following programs:
- E-Verify: More than 402,000 employers in 1.2 million worksites are currently using the Internet-based system to verify employment eligibility nationwide. While the E-Verify (and its self-check process) does not require notarization, some businesses have employed Notaries to serve as third party E-Verify agents to help review and submit proper identification data for applicants.
- EB-5: With more than more than 70 regional centers now operating nationwide, the USCIS will continue to receive, process and adjudicate proposals for its Immigrant Investor Pilot Program. A list of necessary forms can be found on the USCIS website. Though most forms do not require notarization, some support documents, including employment affidavits, may require a Notary.
- Religious Worker Visa: This special immigrant visa category is reserved for non-minister special immigrant religious workers working for a religiously-affiliated non-profit organization within the United States.
- Conrad 30: This waiver program allows J-1 medical doctors who are in the U.S. to receive their medical education to apply for residencies. The new law extends the program to cover J-1 admissions received before September 2015.
For more details on these and other USCIS programs and their required documents, visit the USCIS web page.