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2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Begins Today

On October 1, 2015, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

USCIS To Accept Certain I-485 Applications Before Priority Date Becomes Current

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) announced that beginning with the visa bulletin effective October 1, 2015, USCIS will accept for filing I-485 applications to adjust status...more

Delays Between I-765/I-485 Approvals and EAD Receipts due to Facility Maintenance

Delays have been reported between the approval of a client’s I-765 or I-485 and the client’s receipt of the employment authorization document (EAD) or lawful permanent resident card. USCIS confirmed that the card production...more

Immigrant Fee Payment Process Just Made Easier

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) just made it easier for immigrants to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee online through their electronic immigration system. The USCIS Immigrant Fee is required for individuals...more

EB-5 Program Reauthorization: Proposed Legislative Reforms

Created by the Immigration Act of 1990, the Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly referred to as the EB-5 program, offers foreign investors an opportunity to secure permanent residency in the United States by making a...more

Proper Document for the Form I-9

I came across this piece of information in the latest edition of E-Verify Connection and want to share it as it’s relevant to when employers complete section 2 of the Form I-9. According to the Department of Homeland...more

The Supreme Court Takes the BIA to Task

Yesterday, in an opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court brought a measure of hope to non-citizens facing deportation on the basis of certain minor criminal convictions. In Mellouli v. Lynch,...more

Supreme Court Decides Mellouli v. Lynch

On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Mellouli v. Lynch, holding that a legal permanent resident may not be deported for a state-law drug conviction unless that conviction necessarily involves a drug covered by the...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Entry to Australia (Updated)

ENTRY TO AUSTRALIA - Before reading this information, please be aware the information provided is not intended to be legal advice or to be acted upon without further consultation. Because of the complex maze of...more

[Event] Immigration Basics for Startup Founders - May 7, San Diego, CA

This discussion will focus on simplifying complicated immigration issues, including work visas, investor visas, and permanent residency. This talk is very relevant for our international community of entrepreneurs in San...more

Eligibility extended for certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants

On February 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment...more

Pentagon Attempt to Enlist DACA Recipients Delayed

As we recently reported, the Pentagon has been attempting to expand its ability to recruit beyond lawful permanent residents (LPRs) and U.S. citizens by enlisting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. In...more

Military Attempts to Expand Recruitment Beyond Residents and Citizens

The Pentagon announced recently that it is considering ways in which to expand its ability to recruit beyond lawful permanent residents (“LPRs”) and U.S. citizens. Typically, enlistment is only open to LPRs and citizens....more

Commuting to the United States as a Permanent Resident: ‘Alien Commuters’ or ‘Green Card Commuters’

Generally, a foreign national who is a permanent resident of the United States must reside permanently in the United States or else risk losing permanent resident status. However, persons who have been granted U.S. permanent...more

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

Who Is a U.S. Person? Disparities Between U.S. Tax and Immigration Law

The question of who is a U.S. person has always been relevant for tax purposes because it determines who is subject to (a) U.S. income, gift and estate tax, (b) filing Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs), and (c) the ‘‘exit...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

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