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Monthly Archives from April 2014

Marks Gray Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers Edition of Jacksonville Magazine

Marks Gray lawyers have been recognized as leading attorneys in Jacksonville in eight different practice areas in the April, 2014 edition of Jacksonville Magazine. The ranking are based on the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer -review publication in the legal profession, listing lawyers whose outstanding professional abilities are recognized by a consensus of their colleagues in the same geographical region and legal profession. Marks Gray attorneys have been […]

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Best Life Tips: To Achieve, Don’t Cut Into Your Sleep!

With the H-1B filings and tax seasons in full force, April can be a month filled with stress and lack of sleep. However, the best way to manage these stressors is to get sufficient sleep.  “Most people treat sleep as a luxury, but it is definitely a necessity,” says James B. Maas, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority on sleep and performance who served as Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and past Chairman of Psychology […]

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Some H-4s May Receive an EAD

The White House announced possibly allowing certain H-4 visa holders to apply for work authorization while their spouses are in valid H-1B status. The announcement limits the work authorization to “spouses of certain high-skill workers on H-1B visas,” but does not define this term. In 2012, the DHS proposed the issuance of work authorization to H-4s whose H-1B spouse “have begun the process of seeking lawful permanent resident status through employment and have extended their authorized […]

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Support for In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

Governor Scott and the Florida legislature are supporting bills that will allow particular undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates.  Currently, Governor Scott is supporting the Senate’s version of the bill (SB 1400), which also bars universities from raising tuition above a certain level and “keeps college affordable for Florida’s students.”  The House version of the bill (HB 851) is expected to pass with bi-partisan support, and receive a full vote of the House in […]

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May Visa Bulletin Released

EB-1 remains current across the board and EB-2 for Mexico and Philippines are current. EB-2 India remains unchanged at November 15, 2004 and EB-2 China moves forward to March 8, 2009. EB-3 China and Mexico move forward to October 1, 2012.  EB-3 Philippines moves forward to June 15, 2007, while EB-3 India remains the same September 15, 2003. Click here to read the entire bulletin.

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BALCA Finds Evidence of Prior Experience Sufficient

Many employment-based “green card” cases require evidence that the employee had the mandatory work experience or knowledge prior to joining the sponsoring employer.  On April 2, BALCA (the Board of Alien Labor Cert. Appeals) reversed a PERM denial and found that “the Employee’s submission of the signed letter in response to the Audit substantially complied with the Audit request, and the Certifying Officer’s (CO) denial was not warranted.”  In the Audit, the employer was asked […]

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