Lori Chesser

Lori Chesser

Davis Brown Law Firm

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Iowa Immigration Law Blog: L-1 Visa Inspections Have Begun

The Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) unit of USCIS has begun inspecting L-1 visa holders as planned. FDNS has inspected (and likely is continuing to inspect) H-1B holders for several years. L-1s are the latest...more

8/5/2014 - FDNS Immigrants L-1 USCIS Visas

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Visa and Passport Delays

The U.S. Department of State issued a statement yesterday regarding the continuing technical problem that is causing delays in both passport and visa issuance. Although they are working on the problem, which was first...more

8/1/2014 - Delays Department of State Immigrants Passports Visas

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-1B Filing Date Almost Upon Us: Considerations for Employers and Employees

With April 1 fast approaching, it is time to take a breath and make sure we have not overlooked anything in the rush to file the “cap” H-1Bs. Our office has made our list and is checking it twice – or three times (Santa has...more

3/24/2014 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Immigrants USCIS

Visa Bulletin for December: Mostly Good News, But One Dark Spot

The December Visa Bulletin (the infamous “waiting line”) shows forward movement or at least no backward movement for all family-based categories. The continued short waiting line for spouses and minor children for permanent...more

11/13/2013 - Immigrants Visas

Border Entry Blog Series: Part 5 - Caution Regarding Use of "Automatic Visa Revalidation" for Mexican E Visa Applicants

In our final note on the CBP/AILA liaison minutes published this week, we are providing a caution regarding CBP’s interpretation of the automatic visa revalidation rules that could be yet another trap for the unwary, albeit...more

11/11/2013 - Customs and Border Protection Immigrants Mexico USCIS Visas

Border Entry Blog Series: Part 2 - CBP Also Pulls Down the Shades

In the recent CBP/AILA liaison meeting (see part 1 of this series for definition of these terms), CBP confirmed that it will be transitioning from the Inspectors Field Manual to an Officer’s Reference Tool to provide guidance...more

11/6/2013 - Immigrants Inspector's Field Manuals

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: The Time to Audit Your I-9 Practices is Now

The time audit your I-9 practices is now. OK, we’ll let you finish your summer vacation. But right after that, you really need to dig into the I-9 rules and make sure that your company is in compliance....more

7/23/2013 - Audits Compliance I-9 ICE Immigrants Immigration Procedures OSC Visas

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Huge Leap for India EB2 in August

News travels fast, so you may have already heard that the waiting line for the EB2 (advance degree professional) category for India jumped from September 1, 2004, in July to January 1, 2008, for August....more

7/12/2013 - EB-2 Green Cards H1-B I-485 Applications Immigrants Immigration Procedures India USCIS Visas

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Family-based 2A Category Current for August

The waiting line for immigration of family members and those sponsored by their employers moves according to determinations made by the Department of State (DOS) each month....more

7/11/2013 - Department of State Family Members Green Cards H-2A Immigrants Immigration Procedures USCIS Visas

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: What To Do When An Employee Is Using A False ID - Corporate Policy Question and Potential Liability

In a past blog, we discussed practical steps to take when you find that an employee has been using a false ID and wants to “fix it”. That blog assumed that the company wants to continue the employment and was focused on the...more

7/11/2013 - Compliance Enforcement Fake IDs I-9 Immigrants OSC Work Permits

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Wanted: Risk takers

The front page of the Monday, June 3, 2013, Wall Street Journal featured the headline, “Risk-Averse Culture Infects U.S. Workers, Entrepreneurs.” The story explores the question of whether our collective fear of risk is...more

6/4/2013 - Immigrants Risk Assessment

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