Lori Chesser

Lori Chesser

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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

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

Visa Bulletin for November - Good News Again

The immigrant visa numbers are out for November and fortunately no “retrogression” in the major categories will be seen. (“Retrogression” is when the waiting line moves backward – not a good thing.) Instead many categories...more

10/15/2013 - China EB-2 EB-3 India Visa Bulletins Visas

Special Program for Iraqis Employed by the US Government Extended

President Obama signed into law on October 4, 2013, an extension of the visa program for certain Iraqi nationals to obtain “special immigrant visas”. To qualify, you must have worked for or on behalf of the U.S....more

10/11/2013 - Contractors Middle East Special Immigrant Visas Visas

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: September Visa Bulletin Continues Good News

The Visa Bulletin for September advances many categories and does not “retrogress” the gains from August....more

8/14/2013 - Immigration Reform Visas

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: 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: 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: H-1B Season: The Running of the Bulls

The H-1B “cap” (numerical limit) is 65,000 for “regular” cases plus 20,000 for persons who have earned U.S. master’s degrees. Each year this number is “released” April 1 – 5, in a process reminiscent of the Running of the...more

4/5/2013 - H-1B Visa Caps Visas

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: When a Visa is NOT Needed

A foreign national entering the U.S. usually must present a visa issued by a U.S. consulate at the point of entry. But not always. Here are some exceptions...more

3/4/2013 - Automatic Visa Re-Validation ESTA Passports Visas

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

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