On December 11, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the U.S. Senate in passing a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 16. The President will sign the bill, giving all parties five days to pass long-term funding for federal government functions.
Of interest to those of us who are interested in immigration, this will extend the EB5, Conrad 30 J Waiver Program, Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religions Worker Programs, and E-Verify for the duration of the continuing resolution. Please read this post to see my discussion on the issue from November 3, 2015.
While the expectation is that the Congress will reach an agreement on federal funding and that all four programs will be extended, it is still likely that the EB5 Regional Center Program will see certain changes in the final agreement. Please read this post to learn about the debate regarding the EB5 program and the proposals that are under consideration.
I will update the blog once the new federal funding legislation is passed to discuss the immigration news that comes out of the final agreement (including potential changes to the Visa Waiver Program).