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Monthly Archives from August 2014

CBP Seeks Comments to Improve International Travel

As a result of a directive from President Obama, CBP is seeking comments to improve the entry process and airport-specific plans for international travelers to the U.S. CBP is looking for feedback and suggestions for improvement in the areas of international arrival experience, technology, passport, baggage inspections and related issues. We are hopeful that this outreach will result in new initiatives that facilitate international travel to our country.

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New USICS Memo on H-1B Petitions for Nurses

Twelve years after the last USCIS policy memorandum (PM) on the adjudication of H-1B visas for nurses, this past July USCIS issued a PM which supersedes prior guidance. The PM is intended to assist USCIS officers in determining whether a nursing position meets the definition of a “specialty occupation.” The PM notes that the private sector “is increasingly showing a preference for more highly educated nurses” and as a result, in some situations, a petitioner […]

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September Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for September 2014 has been released.  This Bulletin includes the family and employment preference numerical limits for FY2014.  The cut-off dates for most family-based categories and employment-based, second-preference India have advanced for the month of September.  The cut-off dates for employment-based, third preference and Other Worker categories for the Philippines have also rapidly advanced. Click here to read the Visa Bulletin.

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DOS Worldwide Delays, Plan Ahead if You Need a Visa or Passport

After a Department of State (DOS) software update in July, the worldwide database that manages the issuance of hundreds of thousands of visas worldwide crashed.  Since the crash, consulates have been severely limited in their ability to produce visas. As a result, travelers seeking a U.S. visa, passport or other travel document should expect delays and plan ahead.   Click here to read more.

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Attorney Michael D. Kendall completes IADC Trial Academy

Congratulations to lead workers’ compensation attorney, Michael D.Kendall. Michael recently returned from the 42nd Annual Trial Academy presented by the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California. Michael completed a seven-day, intensive trial academy program that blends small faculty instruction and demonstration with individual student participation. The IADC Trial Academy offers training provided by a faculty of the best civil defense lawyers who provide state-of –the-art defense techniques […]

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Marks Gray Shareholder Jeptha F. Barbour named to the Board of the International Association of Defense Counsel

Marks Gray, P.A. shareholder, Jeptha (“Jep”) F. Barbour was named to the Board of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) at its annual meeting in Vienna, Austria. The IADC is the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. Founded in 1920, the IADC’s members hail from five continents, 40 countries and all 50 states. The core purposes of the IADC are to enhance the development of skills, promote […]

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