Religious Worker Measure Passes
On September 13, 2012, the House of Representatives passed legislation (S.3245) reauthorizing four federal immigration-related programs, including the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program. The measure passed the Senate in early August. The program allows religious organizations to sponsor foreign nationals to travel to the United States to perform vital services in underserved communities. It is not a permanent program and had been scheduled to expire on September 30. The bill will go to the President to sign into law before that date. The program is now set to expire in 2015.