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The Immigration Law Blog provides updates and analysis of federal immigration law for individuals and companies. Topics include Deferred Action (Acción Diferida para Jóvenes), I-9 audits, H1-B processing, Nexus Frequent Travel Requirements , immigrant visas and more. 

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Immigration Update: Visa application dates moved back in some categories for October 1 filings - September 28, 2015

The Department of State released a revised October Visa Bulletin Friday, September 25. The revision moves back several categories in the new Dates for Filing charts. Read More »


New Immigrant Application Filing Dates Announced for October - September 9, 2015

Some hoped-for change is finally here. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have coordinated a system to allow "early" filing of the final step in the green card process for certain people currently residing in the U.S., and who are eligible to "adjust status" but whose priority date is not yet "current." Read More »


What is going on with STEM OPT? - August 26, 2015

A recent federal court ruling has created uncertainty and speculation about the STEM OPT program. This summary is provided to inform employers and F-1 STEM students of the facts about the effect of this decision. Read More »


Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS update on EAD for DACA recipients - July 23, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently shared important information for DACA recipients who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015. Read More »


Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Update on Visa Delays and H-1B News - June 18, 2015

An update on the world wide delay of visa issuance and H-1B visas Read More »


EADs for H-4 Spouses Rule Announced - February 25, 2015

As promised since President Obama's Executive Action of November 20, 2014, USCIS is amending its rules to allow work authorization for H-4 spouses in certain instances effective May 26, 2015. Read More »


Initial Outline of the President's Executive Action on Immigration - November 21, 2014

We reviewed the outlines of the President's plan on immigration that he announced last night. These are broad outlines gained from a meeting with the White House that included staff of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council. The following is preliminary and is not legal advice. Read More »


Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Possible Executive Action - How to prepare - November 17, 2014

The news is abuzz with speculation about executive action by President Obama in the coming days. Despite these "leaks" no one really knows whether action will be taken or what any plan may contain. Read More »


Iowa Immigration Law Blog: New CBP Joint Declaration Forms - September 18, 2014

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol issued a new customs declaration form allowing filing joint family declarations. The recent regulation change expanded the definition of family members of arriving U.S. travelers to include "members of a family residing in the same household who are related by blood, marriage, domestic relationship, or adoption." Read More »


Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Reminder: USCIS Reviews All Immigration-Related Documentation in Employment-Based Adjustment Cases - September 17, 2014

Foreign nationals and immigration practitioners often wonder why USCIS requests all immigration status documents ever issued to an applicant when applying for adjustment of status based on employment. There is a long-standing guidance suggesting that the only relevant periods of being out-of-status under the immigration laws are those that occurred since the applicant's most recent U.S. entry. Read More »


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