On September 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law legislation (S. 3245) that extends several key federal immigration programs until September 30, 2015. The law specifically extended the following four programs that were set to expire on September 30, 2012:
• E-Verify: An Internet-based program that federal contractors and some private employers are required to use to verify the employment eligibility of their workers.
• EB-5 Regional Center program: A program that allows immigrant entrepreneurs to gain permanent resident status if they invest between $500,000 and $1,000,000 in a U.S. business that creates ten full-time jobs for American workers over a two year period.
• Special Immigrant Religious Worker program: This program provides a path to permanent residence for religious workers in the United States. The religious workers can hold a professional or non-professional position within their religious vocation.
• Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver program: This program allows foreign medical doctors educated and trained in the U.S. to remain in the U.S. for three years on a J-1 visa status to work in underserved areas.