Lori Chesser

Lori Chesser

Davis Brown Law Firm

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Rule Allowing Work for Some H-4s, Expansion of EB1 OR Category Criteria and Automatic Work Extension for Others Progresses at...

Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is publishing two proposed rules that are meant to help “attract and retain highly skilled workers”. Proposed rules do not go into effect until notice and...more

5/7/2014 - DHS EB-1 Employment Authorization Document Extensions H-1B H-4 Spouses Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Proposed Regulation USCIS

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

Fraudulently-Used SSNs Can Now Be "Locked"

In an update that addresses one glaring gap in E-Verify, USCIS has announced that Social Security numbers that are used fraudulently (stolen, borrowed or purchased from someone else) will be “locked” in the system, generating...more

11/19/2013 - E-Verify Fraud Social Security Social Security Numbers Tentative Nonconfirmation USCIS

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 4 - CBP's Creative Interpretation of Status Violations

In the CBP/AILA liaison meeting, the minutes of which were published this week (see previous posts for more info), we note another (and even more) disturbing interpretation of immigration law by CBP that could take people by...more

11/8/2013 - Adjustment of Status Customs and Border Protection Deportation USCIS

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: The Government Shut Down: Is Immigration "Essential"?

In our view, yes. But in the federal government world, only parts of the immigration process are considered “essential” enough to proceed despite the lack of an approved budget. Even so, many immigration services continue to...more

10/2/2013 - DOL E-Verify Government Shutdown I-9 ICE USCIS

CBP awaiting "guidance" to form policy on same-sex marriage derivative admissions

Department of State and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have taken active steps to prepare their agencies to receive applications relating to same-sex couples based on the Windsor decision....more

8/7/2013 - Department of State Derivatives DOMA Form I-130 Marriage Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor USCIS Visas

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS Clarifies Same-Sex Marriage Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. On the immigration front, this means that a U.S. citizen same-sex spouse who is married to a non-citizen may now...more

7/29/2013 - DOMA Immigration Procedures Lawful Permanent Residents Permanent Residence Cards Same-Sex Marriage USCIS

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Employees Will Now Receive Confirmation of TNCs by Email

If you are an E-Verify user, you know what a “TNC” is. It is a “tentative non-confirmation” provided when information entered in E-Verify cannot immediately be verified in the USCIS/SSA databases....more

7/25/2013 - E-Verify Email Employer Mandates SSA Tentative Nonconfirmation USCIS

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: H-1B Cap Reached in the First Week of Filing

On April 5, 2013, USCIS announced that it had received more than the allotted 65,000 “regular” and 20,000 US master’s degree applications for H-1B status. ...more

4/8/2013 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: California Service Center Temporary Closure for Plumbing Problems

One of the four main processing centers for immigration benefits applications has temporarily closed because of flooding from plumbing problems, USCIS announced today, March 26. Deliveries by UPS and Fed Ex during the...more

3/26/2013 - Flooding USCIS

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-1B "lottery" expected - Premium Processing delayed for cap-subject H-1Bs

USCIS has announced it expects that all 65,000 “regular” and all 20,000 U.S. master’s degree H-1B slots will be filled in the first five days of filing (April 1 – 5) for the first time since 2008. The government estimate was...more

3/19/2013 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: New I-9 Form Now Available!

USCIS has published a new I-9 form and instructions effective as of March 8, 2013. You may begin using the new form now, but you may continue to use the old form until May 7, 2013. After that date the new form is mandatory....more

3/12/2013 - Eligibility Hiring & Firing I-9 USCIS

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS Form Improvement?

Immigration is working to improve its forms. The main point is to prepare forms for electronic filing. We applaud the waive to customer service and agree that e-filing is the future....more

3/4/2013 - E-Filing USCIS

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS releases draft EB5 policy memo

Our Valentine from USCIS this year was the release of a draft EB5 policy memo. EB5 is the “million dollar investment/10 jobs” category. It does not always require $1 million ($500,000 in rural areas or designated high...more

2/18/2013 - EB-5 Foreign Investment I-539 USCIS

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: New Immigration Fee Goes Into Effect

Starting February 1, people immigrating through a U.S. Consulate abroad will be required to pay a $165 fee to USCIS to recoup its processing costs for these applications....more

2/11/2013 - H-1B USCIS USCIS Immigrant Fee Visas

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Immigration Service Releases Entrepreneur-in-Residence Training Materials

Realizing that the current immigration laws are not start-up friendly, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) launched an “entrepreneur-in-residence” (“EIR”) program in October 2011....more

2/5/2013 - Entrepreneur-in-Residence Training USCIS

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