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What Happens to Permanent Resident Status after Divorce?

Divorce is an unfortunate reality for many couples. In fact, approximately 41 percent of first marriages and 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce. Divorce is a stressful and unsettling time for anyone, impacting a...more

2,300 Conditional Permanent Resident Cards Issued with Incorrect Expiration Date

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), recently reported that approximately 2,300 conditional lawful permanent resident cards were issued with incorrect expiration dates. The incorrect cards were issued between...more

Travel Planning When Naturalization is in Your Future

If you travel frequently and plan to apply for U.S. citizenship in the future, you may need to starting planning far in advance. In order to naturalize, lawful permanent residents must meet “continuous residence” and...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

Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling Provides New Immigration Opportunities for Same-Sex Spouses

The United States Supreme Court’s June 2013 ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional has created an opportunity for certain foreign nationals in same-sex marriages to petition for...more

Rogers Towers: Lack of Permanent Visa May Preclude Invocation of Florida Homestead Exemption

Creditors often find themselves at the crossroads of multiple disciplines of law, such as the intersection of bankruptcy and tort law. Less commonly, however, creditors may find themselves at the intersection of bankruptcy...more

A Tax Opinion CAn Protect EB-5 VISA Status.

An EB-5 Visa is known as an "investor" visa. The following is an explanation of the EB-5 program...more

Post-Election Immigration Reform - What’s At Issue?

The prospect of comprehensive immigration reform appears to be gaining momentum. In January, a bipartisan group of eight senators announced a broad proposal for immigration reform (“Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive...more

Visas: Issuance of Full Validity L Visas to Qualified Applicants

Current State Department regulations require that L visa duration be limited to the validity period of the petition, which, under Department of Homeland Security regulations, cannot exceed three years. ...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Why PERMs are so Exacting

A new Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) decision is a great example of the exacting nature of the PERM process. PERM is the first step toward permanent residence, and is regulated by the Department of...more

New Hope for Lasting Immigration Reform

Late last month, the press reported that a bipartisan group of senators had reached agreement on the outline for immigration reform legislation that could provide a lasting solution to multiple long-standing immigration...more

SEC Freezes Assets and Brings Civil Charges against EB-5 Investor Visa Project

In the first SEC enforcement action of its kind, the SEC announced on February 8, 2013 that it had filed civil charges against, and received an emergency order to freeze assets of, the Intercontinental Regional Center Trust...more

Tax Traps Accompany EB-5 Visas

EB-5 Visas are sought after investment based pathways to a Green card. An EB-5 Visa is described in Wikipedia as follows...more

New Immigrant Processing Fees

As of February 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) began charging for a new $165 immigrant processing fee, applicable to those seeking permanent residence who receive an immigrant visa package from...more

USCIS Implements New Immigrant Fee Starting February 1, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, beginning February 1, 2013, the agency will collect a $165 Immigrant Visa Department of Homeland Security Domestic Processing Fee (USCIS Immigrant Fee)...more

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