Full USCIS News Release: Law Extends USCIS Programs through September 2012

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) advises its customers that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act of 2010, signed by the President on Oct. 28, 2009, extends the following USCIS programs until Sept. 30, 2012:

  • E-Verify
  • Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Pilot Program
  • Special immigrant visa category for non-minister religious workers
  • Date by which J-1 nonimmigrant exchange visitors must obtain that status in order to qualify for the “Conrad 30” program.

E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by DHS in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA), allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.  More than 168,000 participating employers at nearly 640,000 worksites nationwide currently use the program.  Since Oct. 1, 2009, more than 1.3 million employment verification queries have been run through the system and approximately 96.9 percent of all queries are now automatically confirmed without any need for employee action.

A designated E-Verify service agent, I-9Compliance.com — a web-based I-9/E-Verify solution from nationally recognized employment screening provider Pre-Employ.com — is pre-integrated with the DHS’ E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system and helps employers ensure compliance, eliminate errors, and avoid government audits. For more information, view a complimentary on demand webinar “E-Verify & Federal Contractors: Know The Facts,” visit www.i-9compliance.com, email info@i-9compliance.com, or call 1-800-300-1821.