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Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Measure Temporarily Extending Key Immigration Programs

Congress has voted to temporarily extend federal government funding through November 21, 2019. The spending measure means that federal functions – including immigration operations – will continue uninterrupted through November 21, 2019, while FY 2020 budget negotiations continue. The bill now goes to President Trump for signature. The President is expected to sign the measure.

The interim spending bill temporarily extends the following programs without change through November 21:

  • E-Verify;
  • The EB-5 regional center permanent residence program for foreign investors;
  • The Conrad 30 waiver program for foreign medical graduates working in areas of the United States that are underserved by physicians; and
  • The special immigrant non-minister religious worker program.

The programs were set to expire on September 30.

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