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Yearly Archives from 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear the Arizona Immigration Law Case

The Highest Court will likely hear arguments in the case of Arizona v. U.S. in April.  The case will decide whether a law enforcement officer can check the immigration status of people stopped or arrested if officers should “suspect” that they are in the U.S. illegally.  A decision is likely to come in late June. To read more, click here.

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Dot your I(-9)’s

A small electronics company in California, Alyn Industries, Inc., with only 60 employees was fined $43,000 for substantive violations including a failure to complete a few I-9s, sign some I-9 attestations, and failure of employeeS to check the box indicating her immigration status.   Mitigating factors included that Alyn had no prior violations and was found not to be acting in bad faith.   Every current and recently released employee’s I-9 is vulnerable for audits and fines, […]

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H-1B Cap Has Been Met

  USCIS announced that the FY 2012 cap of 65,000 H-1B petitions has been reached. USCIS will no longer accept H-1B petitions for new employment until April 2012. However, they are still accepting petitions filed for persons exempt from the cap such as H-1B extensions, petitions to change employment and petitions for concurrent H-1B employment. Read the press release here.

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Shareholder, Giselle Carson Publishes Article In Florida Bar Journal

Attorney Giselle Carson published Part I of an article on labor and employment titled, ‘Raising Arizona Law in Florida?’ in the November. To read the complete article, please click here

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Giselle Carson Attends Jax Chamber Of Commerce Leadership Trip

Marks Gray Shareholder and Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s General Counsel Giselle Carson attended the Jacksonville’s 31st Annual Leadership Trip to Houston, TX. An active member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Carson was featured on two minute video speaking about the revitalization of Jacksonville. See see the entire video, please visit click here

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December 2011 Visa Bulletin and DOS’ Predictions

In a recent meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA), Charles Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division at the DOS said he expects continued positive movement in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India and China in the upcoming months. All other countries of chargeability are expected to remain “current” in EB2 throughout fiscal year 2012 (FY12). This advancement will slow down, and maybe retrogress, based on visa demand. In the […]

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