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U.S. Government Issues Helpful Hints Regarding Marketplace Health Insurance Coverage and Immigration Status

In mid-March, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a notice including helpful hints for individuals who may have questions regarding their immigration status and how this may or may not affect eligibility for...more

Deportation Coming Up in Season 6 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Real Immigration Problems for Celebs Teresa and Giuseppe...

On March 4, 2013, two of the stars of the Bravo Network television show, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and other charges in a federal court in Newark, New Jersey. Teresa and...more

EB-5 Financing for U.S. Developers and Businesses

Interest in the EB-5 financing program has increased exponentially in the past year and is being explored by many developers and businesses in the United States as an alternative to traditional financing sources....more

Potential Immigration Relief Measures for Filipino Nationals Impacted by Typhoon Haiyan

On November 15, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder to Filipino nationals, in light of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (named “Yolanda” by Philippine authorities), that they may be...more

Florida DMV Will Not Accept Immigration Documents Based on Same-Sex Marriage

Part of the driver license application process in Florida involves proving lawful status in the U.S. There are many documents or sets of documents an applicant can provide to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to...more

It’s Time to Register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery!

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2015), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides...more

New ICE Prosecutorial Discretion Directive Facilitating Parental Interests

On August 23, 2013, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a Directive providing for the facilitation of parental interests in the course of civil immigration enforcement activities....more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Citizenship and Immigration Services Clarifies Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

As almost everyone now knows, on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). On the immigration front, this means that a U.S. Citizen same-sex spouse who is married to a...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

Now Is the Time for Permanent Residents to Seek Visas for Their Children and Spouses

If you are a permanent resident of the U.S. (a “green card” holder) and want to obtain a visa to bring your foreign spouse or children under the age of 21 to live with you, then NOW is the time to do it....more

What Windsor Means for Same-Sex Married Couples Seeking U.S. Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. This Section of DOMA prohibited the U.S. government from conferring any...more

Implementation of DOMA Decision

Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano: “After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed...more

First Petitions for Same-Sex Immigration Benefits Already Being Granted

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano wasted no time in stating that the government will immediately begin the process of reviewing applications for green cards (for permanent resident status) filed by same-sex...more

DOMA is Gone, What Effect Does it Have on Immigration?

The Supreme Court unequivocally affirmed that there is no legitimate reason for the federal government to discriminate against married couples on account of their sexual orientation. In United States v. Windsor, the Justices...more

A Temporary Protected Status beneficiary who entered without inspection may be eligible to adjust status.

In a decision dated June 4, 2013 (Flores v. USCIS), .the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuitfound that the plain language of INA §244(f)(4) supports a path to legal permanent residence status under §245 for a...more

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

The first major immigration proposal in several years contains sweeping changes, with the president potentially signing a version by mid-June....more

Separation of Families Under U.S. Immigration Law

On March 14th, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary hosted a hearing on The Separation of Nuclear Families under U.S. Immigration Law, to discuss the issues relating to the hurdles that many legal permanent residents in...more

U.S. and Canada Expand Immigration Information Sharing

Just last month, the U.S. and Canada entered into a visa and immigration information sharing agreement, which will enable both parties to share information about third country nationals who apply for visas or travel permits....more

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Process

The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act currently allocates 10,000 “EB-5” immigrant visas per year to qualified individuals seeking Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status - also known as a “green card” - on the basis of...more

Canada=U.S. Sign Visa and Immigration Sharing Agreement

The U.S. State Department has announced that U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson and the Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney signed a U.S.-Canada Visa and Immigration...more

AMERICAN DREAM ACT

Congressman Howard Berman (for himself, Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, Ms. Roybal-Allard, and Ms. Ros-Lehtinen) introduced the “American Dream Act” (Bill H.R.1275) on March 1, 2007 in the House of Representatives to...more

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