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Monthly Archives from August 2012

The End of the Paper I-94 Card

Many nonimmigrants arriving at U.S. air and seaports will soon no longer receive a paper I-94 card. These travelers will only be issued a stamp in their passport and CBP will create an electronic record for arriving nonimmigrants. Most of those arriving at a land border will continue to receive a paper I-94 card. These changes are in intended to reduce costs and errors and expedite processing. This change will impact many areas including: employers’ […]

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Newly Authorized Young Immigrants Seeking Work

About 2 million previously undocumented young immigrants could gain temporary relief from deportation under President Obama’s deportation deferral program which took effect August 15.  What will this mean for employers? How should they deal with existing employees who present new work authorizations along with an admission that they were not previously authorized to work? If an employer chooses to terminate based on the employee’s admission, they could face a potential discrimination claim. Whatever the employer […]

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Portions of the Dream Act Coming True

As of yesterday, certain undocumented youths can apply for deferred action under “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) by submitting specific forms and information to USCIS. DACA allows certain people who came to the U.S. as children and meet several key guidelines to request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years and apply for work authorization. DACA does not provide amnesty, legal status or a pathway to a green card. Applicants should […]

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Revision of Form I-9 on Hold

USCIS just announced that until further notice, employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available on the forms section of uscis.gov.  Employers should continue to use this form even after the OMB expiration date of August 31, 2012 (located in the upper right corner of the form) has passed. USCIS will provide updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 as it becomes available. Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees […]

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Shareholder Allison Hunnitcut Hauser was a Panel Speaker At The 2012 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

 Allison Hunnicutt Hauser, Esquire of Marks Gray, P.A., spoke on a panel at the 67th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference in Orlando at the Orlando World Center Marriott in a breakout session for Attorneys.  Ms. Hauser presented on the panel and discussed “Has Workers’ Compensation Become an ‘Unreasonable’ Alternative to Tort Litigation,” along with moderator Christopher J. Smith of Tampa, Dawn R. Traverso of Aventura, Mark L. Zientz of Miami, Paul Anderson of Tallahassee and Kelli […]

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How to Avoid EAD Denials for OPT

USCIS is taking a more restrictive approach to filing deadlines for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) applications, which is resulting in unexpected denials.  Until recently, when USCIS received an OPT application more than 30 days after the DSO entered the OPT recommendation in SEVIS, it would send the applicant a Request for Evidence requiring a new Form I-20 signed by the DSO.  The DSO could simply reprint the Form I-20 and sign it, and the […]

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