Category:Special immigration programs extension bills 2009
|Full title||Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to extend the special immigrant program for non-minister religious workers until September 30, 2009. (Congressional Research Service, H.R. 1127)|
|Introduced||Feb 23, 2009|
|Status||Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 20, 2009|
|Sponsor||Zoe Lofgren, Representative for California's 16th congressional district, Democrat|
|Introduced||Jun 3, 2009|
|Status||Died in a previous Congress|
|Sponsor||Gabrielle Giffords, Representative for Arizona's 8th congressional district, Democrat|
The following non-resident immigration reform bills, circa 2008, preceded the Special Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Religious Workers 2008 Rule Changes that went into effect at the end of the year and significantly increased Scientology's cost for obtaining R-1 visas.
- 111th Congress (2009) (February 23, 2009). "H.R. 1127 (111th)". Legislation. GovTrack.us. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr1127. Retrieved August 21, 2016. "To extend certain immigration programs."
- 111th Congress (2009) (June 3, 2009). "H.R. 2679 (111th)". Legislation. GovTrack.us. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr2679. Retrieved August 21, 2016. "To extend certain immigration programs, and for other purposes."
Following the regulatory changes of 2008 that significantly complicated the process to petition for R-1 visas, Scientology aggressively lobbied the following special immigration program bills in 2009.
- H.R. 1127 (111th): To extend certain immigration programs, GovTrack. Enacted after being signed by the President Obama on March 20, 2009.
- H.R. 2679 (111th): To extend certain immigration programs, and for other purposes, GovTrack. Died in Congress.
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