Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR):
to Section 132 of Public Law 114-53, the non-minister special immigrant
program expires on December 11, 2015. No SR visas may be issued
overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after
midnight December 10, 2015.
Visas issued prior to this date will only be
issued with a validity date of December 10, 2015, and all individuals
seeking admission as a non-minister special immigrant must be admitted
(repeat, admitted) into the U.S. no later than midnight December 10,
Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5):
Section 133 of
Public Law 114-53 extended this immigrant investor pilot program through
December 11, 2015. The I5 and R5 visas may be issued until close of
business on December 11, 2015, and may be issued for the full validity
period. No I5 or R5 visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken
on adjustment of status cases, after December 11, 2015.
Congress is currently considering an extension of the SR, I5 and R5
visa categories, but there is no certainty when such legislative action
may occur. If there is no legislative action extending one of both of
these categories, those cut-off dates would immediately become
"Unavailable" effective December 12, 2015.