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Monthly Archives from April 2014

FAQ: Student Options for Status Extension While Waiting on an H-1B

Q. How do I remain in status if I am in OPT / F-1 and an employer filed a cap-subject H-1B petition on my behalf that does not become effective until October 1? A. Most likely the student will need to apply for a cap-gap extension I-20. This is based on aregulatory provision which extends an eligible F-1 students status to bridge the gap between the end of F-1 status and start of H-1B status on […]

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FAQ: Alternatives to Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

Unfortunately, many foreign nationals may have to wait until April 1, 2015 for another chance at filing for H-1B status. The following alternatives should be considered for affected employees: Cap-Exempt H-1B Visa These include petitions filed primarily for employment at an institution of higher education, a related or affiliated nonprofit entity, nonprofit research organization, or governmental research organization. H-1B visas are also available for beneficiaries filing for amendments, extensions, and certain employment transfers.

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The H-1B Cap Has Been Met

USCIS have received more than 172,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions and have finalized their computer generated lottery. For petitions selected, USCIS has started issuing receipt notices.  Petitions not  selected will be returned. The USICS expects to complete the issuance of petitions by May. Considering the  high rejection rate, this e-newsletter focuses on FAQs related to H-1B status.  Please remain patient and hopeful while also exploring alternatives.

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Shareholder Giselle Carson Appointed to Jacksonville Aviation Authority by Governor Scott

On March 28, 2014 Immigration and Corporate and Business Law attorney Giselle Carson was appointed along with Mr. Patrick Kilbane to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. Ms. Carson succeeds A. Kelly and is appointed for a term ending September 30, 2017. Click here to read the official press release.

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Attorneys Jeptha “Jep” F. Barbour and Jill F. Bechtold Published in Medical Liability Monitor

Marks Gray, P.A. attorney’s Jeptha ‘Jep’ F. Barbour and Jill F. Bechtold article titled, Florida Supreme Court Rejects Noneconomic Damage Cap in Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Cases  was published in the April 2014 edition of Medical Liability Monitor. Jeptha “Jep” Barbour practice is focused primarily in the areas of civil litigation including; products liability, professional liability, commercial litigation as well as life and disability. Mr. Barbour is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida […]

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