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Yearly Archives from 2012

Attorney Michael Kendall Successfully Argued Before the Florida Supreme Court

Michael Kendall argued before the Florida Supreme Court on Friday, September 7, 2012.  Michael and Marks Gray attorney Mary Bland Love represented a physician who was sued for medical malpractice.  Michael and Mary successfully obtained a summary judgment in favor of their client from the trial Judge in Jacksonville.  That decision was appealed to the First District Court of Appeal and Michael successfully defended that appeal writing the appellate briefs and delivering the oral argument.  […]

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Russia and U.S. Immigration Agreement Good for Business

As of September 9, 2012, Russian and American travelers for business or tourism will be eligible to receive visas valid for multiple entries during a period of 36 months. The agreement eases visa processing time for travelers from both countries (under 15 days in most cases), and the U.S. will be reducing the reciprocity fee for Russian issued visas (B-1 and B-2) from $100 to $20.  No formal invitation will be required to apply for […]

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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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