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Yearly Archives from 2014

Attorney Jep Barbour and the Live for Today Foundation

Marks Gray shareholder, Jep Barbour is on the Board of Directors of Live for Today. Live for Today is a non-profit organization that helps young adults with cancer. Jep’s son grew up with the founder and president, Todd Blake. Todd is a courageous young man who has committed himself to supporting others with cancer to fulfill their dreams. Please click the link below to see his appearance on The Today Show.  http://www.today.com/health/live-today-student-battling-cancer-graduates-4-0-helps-others-1D80042377.

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Best Life Tips: Keep Cool in Hot Weather

We are in the midst of the dog days of summer in Florida. The sun and heat sometimes discourages outdoor workouts. Don’t let the heat discourage you from staying active and healthy.   Learn about exercising safely in the heat and continuing to enjoy the outdoors.  I’m currently training for a marathon that will take place at the end of September and have adapted my training to accommodate the heat including getting up very early, staying […]

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FAQ: Preparing for Consular Interview

Q: What Should I Do to Prepare for my Consular Processing Interview? A. This can be a stressful process. You are not automatically guaranteed a visa. Most applicants, but not all, will have an appointment at the Visa Application Center (OFC), followed by an appointment at the Embassy or Consulate. The following questions and answers are intended you prepare you and facilitate the process. How should I prepare my documents? –         Do not staple documents together. Please use […]

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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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