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Yearly Archives from 2012

Legally Married Same Sex Couples File Suit Over Denial of Spousal Immigration Benefits

The suit alleges violations of the Defense of Marriage Act and Equal Protection Rights. A 1996 immigration law prevents the government from recognizing same sex marriages and all of the benefits derived from a legal marriage, including a pathway to legal permanent residence via spousal relationship. This is an evolving area of law. To read the preliminary statement filed by the plaintiffs, click here.

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A New Look to USCIS’ Notice of Action Form

The new Form I-797C, Notice of Action, will be printed on plain bond paper which represents significant printing savings but also as important the form clearly states that “THIS NOTICE DOES NOT GRANT ANY IMMIGRATION STATUS OR BENEFIT” on the top of the form. All Notices of Action issued prior to today are still valid. To read more, click here.

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April 2 is the First Day of H-1B Filing for 2013

Each year, the U.S. government allows an annual cap of 65,000 new H-1B visas with an additional 20,000 allotted to U.S. masters degree professionals. The petitions can be filed six months in advance of the fiscal year and start of authorized work date of October 1, 2012. Monday, April 2, 2012 USCIS will begin accepting FY2013 H-1B cap-subject visas. Because there is a cap planning for new H-1B visa filings should start early. Certain employers […]

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Shareholder Giselle Carson Publishes Another Article In Florida Bar Journal

Immigration and business attorney, Giselle Carson published an article on international business in the Spring edition of the International Law Quarterly, published by the Florida Bar Journal. Ms. Carson examines the positive impact of expanding the U.S. economy and job growth with the use of E-Visa’s. Please click here to read the entire article.

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Latest Issue of the ILQ Features Article by Yours Truly

In the latest issue of the International Law Quarterly, a publication of the Florida Bar International Law Section, is an article authored by yours truly! “Creating Jobs and Strengthening the U.S. Economy Through the E-Visa” appears in the recently released ILQ Winter, 2012 issue and addresses the employment and economic growth opportunities found in foreign E Visa investors and entrepreneurs. Click here to go to the publication and then go to page 49 to read more.

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Early Planning Needed for London’s Filing

The summer months are usually very busy at any U.S. embassy or consulate, and this summer the London Embassy’s operations will certainly be busy because of the 2012 Summer Olympics.  The U.S. Embassy in London issued a notification advising that visa services will be limited during July and August for all nonimmigrant visa categories. The embassy encourages applicants “to apply for visas during the spring and early summer as appointment availability cannot be guaranteed.” They […]

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