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Congress Extends Four Immigration Programs

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: National News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Congress Extends Four Immigration Programs for Three Years

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Sarasota Immigration Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch

Congress has extended four immigration programs for three years, to September 30, 2015.  The programs are the EB-5 regional center program, the E-Verify program, the special immigrant religious worker program, and the Conrad State 30 J-1 visa waiver program for certain foreign doctors working in medically underserved areas.

The Senate passed the extenders bill (S. 3245), as it was called, in early August.  The House of Representatives passed the bill on September 13 by a vote of 412-3.  The bill now goes to the President for signature.

Congress is unlikely to pass any other immigration bills before the November elections.  According to one newspaper article, this session of Congress “is on track to be the least productive in modern history.”  Major immigration reform will have to wait until 2013.

The full text of S. 3245 is available here.

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Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.

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