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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES RELIGIOUS WORKER EXTENSION BILL

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The US House passed by voice vote HR 5570, a bill which extends the green card program for special immigrant religious workers in religious occupations and vocations. The program was set to expire on October 1st of this year. The extension is until October 1st, 2010. However, the program will extend until 2016 if DHS issues anti-fraud regulations before the 2010 sunset date. DHS is also required to issue a report to Congress containing the results of a study on the effectiveness of the anti-fraud regulations and on a random audit of non-minister religious worker cases to see if such workers are still employed by the religious organization that petitioned for them or, if not, the reasons for their departure from the job. The bill must now pass in the Senate and be signed by the President before it becomes law.



Here is the bill in PDF format - Download hr5570Suspension.pdf

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  1. taxes anyone?'s Avatar

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/personal/04/15/immigrant.taxes.ap/index.html
  2. taxes anyone?'s Avatar

    click the link and see
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    I guess we all need to pray!
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    I believe that we all need to say a prayer when dealing with the issue of immigration!
  5. BeeDee's Avatar
    Seems to me that illegal immigrants need to be better educated about the use of the W-4 to reduce tax withholding.
  6. USC's Avatar
    Today's lead editorial in New York Times points out the flaws in Basic:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/17/opinion/17thu1.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
  7. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    http://money.cnn.com/2008/04/16/smbusiness/immigrant_visa_tech.fsb/index.htm?postversion=2008041710

    IV has done a great PR job on this article.
  8. Michael's Avatar
    The House has done a perfect job. I'm a religious worker and I'm concerned about the issue. It is a fact that R-1 visa provides support to religious organizations in order to fill their need of religious professional workers since a lot of citizens are not interested in religious professional and non-professional work. Yes the program has a huge rate of scam but the Departmet of Homeland Security is doing a wonderful job to cover that gap. Once more, GOOD JOB.
  9. EB3's Avatar
    Note that the bill exhorts DHS to "reduce or eliminate fraud" in the religious worker program. Let no one then complain when DHS publishes an NPRM that proposes just that. There may also be some interesting amendments attached to this bill before it makes it out of the Senate.
  10. Very Concerned's Avatar
    Do you think this Bill is going to get passed by the Senate this year? I fear that, with all the activity over the economy, and then the election coming straight after, it may not. Is it true that, if it does not go through before the end of the year, it will have to start all over again (even having to go through the House again)?
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