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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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Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-4 Visa Holders May Soon Be Authorized To Work in the U.S. - April 9, 2014

The DHS will soon publish several proposed regulations, including rules allowing H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to work in the U.S. as well as enhancing opportunities for professors and researchers. Read More »

 

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Proud to be an American - and to Help Others Become American - March 28, 2014

Here is proof that everyone is inspired by new Americans Read More »

 

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Affidavit of Support (I-864) Enforceable Despite Pre-Nup, Divorce and Potential Marriage Fraud per California Court - March 27, 2014

Most people who immigrate through family sponsorship (and a few that immigrate through employment sponsorship) must have a sponsor that agrees to make sure they do not rely on public benefits. This sponsorship is accomplished through signing an I-864 Affidavit of Support. Read More »

 

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS to Reopen All I-601A Waiver Applications Denied before January 24, 2014 Based on a Criminal Offense - March 25, 2014

On March 18, 2014, USCIS announced that it would be reopening all I-601A waiver applications that were denied prior to January 24, 2014, if the denials were based solely because of a prior criminal offense committed by the applicant. An I-601A waiver is a process whereby a person that needs a waiver Read More »

 

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-1B Filing Date Almost Upon Us: Considerations for Employers and Employees - March 24, 2014

With April 1 fast approaching, it is time to take a breath and make sure we have not overlooked anything in the rush to file the "cap" H-1Bs. Read More »

 

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Republican Immigration Principles Announced - January 31, 2014

Washington Republicans have acknowledged the need for immigration reform. Vague as they are, the Republican reform principles announced yesterday Read More »

 

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: So Let's Get Immigration Reform Done this Year - January 30, 2014

As we welcomed in 2014, we faced the familiar situation of what it means to start the New Year: new beginnings, new agendas, and those pesky New Year's resolutions. Perhaps for the Immigration Reform advocates and their allied hopefuls, this year will be the year for Immigration Reform. Read More »

 

Tax Law Blog: The Impact of FATCA - December 31, 2013

The U.S. government loses an estimated $150 billion in revenue each year from offshore tax shelters. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which became law in March 2010, is designed to prevent tax evasion by U.S. taxpayers with foreign accounts and has been projected to raise $7.6 billion in tax revenue over a 10-year period. Read More »

 

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Fraudulently-Used SSNs Can Now Be "Locked" - November 19, 2013

In an update that addresses one glaring gap in E-Verify, USCIS has announced that Social Security numbers that are used fraudulently (stolen, borrowed or purchased from someone else) will be "locked" in the system, generating a tentative non-confirmation (TNC). Read More »

 

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Visa Bulletin for December: Mostly Good News, But One Dark Spot - November 13, 2013

The December Visa Bulletin (the infamous "waiting line") shows forward movement or at least no backward movement for all family-based categories. Read More »

 

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