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Core Provisions: On October 15, the House approved 307-114 a conference report for the 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The legislation includes a three-year extension of E-Verify, the federal government’s voluntary, internet-based system that allows employers to verify employees work eligibility, and appropriates $137 million to operate the system.
The bill also provides three-year authorization extensions for visa programs for religious workers (R visa), rural-serving doctors (Conrad 30-J visa), and those who invest money in a business that creates at least 10 full-time jobs in the United States (EB-5 visa).
Status: Rep. David Price (D-NC) introduced the bill on June 16, 2009. The House originally approved its version of the bill on June 24, 2009. The Senate asked for a conference to resolve differences. The conference report will now move to the Senate for consideration.