Immigration Procedures

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Importance of Hiring a Lawyer in the Immigration Process

When a foreign national wishes to come into the United States – whether for school, to work, or with family – certain immigration documents must be obtained. Depending on your reason for coming to the U.S., the duration of...more

Significant Changes to South African Immigration

The Critical Skills Work Visa is a newly introduced category which will replace the Quota and Exceptional Skills work permits. The role must be listed on the current Critical Skills list, and the applicant must obtain written...more

Global Immigration Bulletin - Practice and Regulation Changes

INDIA - Several years ago, the Indian government began outsourcing some of its consular work to private companies in certain locations around the world. These "outsourcing partners" are generally charged with receiving...more

Benesch B-Cast 07: Immigration Deadlines and Demands Employers Need to Know [Video]

Benesch's Rick Hepp discusses Immigration Deadlines and Demands Employers Need to Know....more

How Does Bad Weather Affect My Immigration Appointment?

The difficult winter and ongoing inclement weather across the U.S. has resulted in USCIS closing or delaying the opening of local offices and Application Support Centers. ...more

Get Your Form I-9 House In Order And Consider Using E-Verify in 2014

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently enhanced its worksite enforcement activities, under a directive from former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to shift enforcement to employers to...more

Unpublished BIA Decision: E-2 Spouses Not Required to Obtain EAD

On November 5, 2013, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued an unpublished decision reversing the denial of an adjustment application and holding that the respondent was not required to obtain an employment...more

January 2014 Visa Bulletin Issued

The State Department released the Visa Bulletin for January 2014. There was forward movement in employer based third-preference categories, as well as other worker visa categories. ...more

Importance of Complying with Technical Requirements of Immigration Application Process

Details matter when it comes to immigration applications and it is increasingly more important for employers to make sure that they are complying with the letter of the law when it comes to employment and business immigration...more

DOJ And NLRB Agree To Cooperate In Investigating Labor And Immigration Law Violations

On July 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) had entered into a Memorandum of...more

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

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

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

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

Employers Fined for Immigration Violations

In a recent decision of the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), Anodizing Industries, Inc., a metal-finishing factory in Los Angeles, California was fined $15,600 for failure to timely prepare I-9...more

DOMA Decision: Same-Sex Couples Can File Marriage-Based Immigration Petitions

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ___ (2013) ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. Shortly after, Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the...more

Gay Marriage and Immigration in Minnesota

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - USCIS, is now approving marriage based green cards for same sex marriages. It granted its first green card based on gay marriage in Florida on July 1, 2013, to a Bulgarian who...more

New Immigration Procedures to Obtain Work Visas for Foreign Nationals Working in Mexico

In November 2012, Mexico's National Migration Institute ("INM" for "Instituto Nacional de Migración") issued new regulations and guidance to implement immigration laws that were enacted in May 2011. These regulations...more

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