J-1 Visa Re-authorization Pending

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President Obama has the final say on whether the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program is extended another three years.

The House of Representatives passed a compromise version on Thursday of the Senate’s S.3245, “A bill to permanently reauthorize 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.”

There has been little news coverage on the seemingly uncontroversial bill that passed both houses by wide margins.
Senate proponents originally wanted to make the program and several others permanent. Senators compromised with the House to make a three-year extension, instead.

The Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver program is a popular program nationwide that allows communities with Health Professional Shortage Area and Medically Underserved Area designations to request the presence of a foreign physician in primary care to meet the needs of local residents. In exchange for satisfying a local need, the U.S. State Department exempts the foreign physician from certain visa requirements.

The President has until September 30 to sign the bill or it would fail to become law.

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