Admittedly, this is a bit wonky, but for those you tracking this sort of thing I have news to report. The E-Verify program, which was due to expire (gasp!) at the end of this month, has been extended. Congress got its act together and passed a three year extension (or re-authorization) of the E-Verify program. This means employers using the E-Verify program will be able to continue using the program until September 30, 2015.
Initially the legislative language would have permanently reauthorized the E-Verify program. However, with no agreement, Congress settled for three years. The Senate approved the bill in early August and the House approved it this month. Now off to the President for signature. If you would like to read the text of the legislation, the bill number is S. 3245. The official title of the bill is, “A bill to extend by 3 years the authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the E-Verify Program, the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program, and the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program.” In addition to extending the life of the E-Verify program, the legislation extends other programs like the Conrad 30 program for foreign physicians in medically underserved areas.