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Traveling abroad while a Change of Status is Pending is Fatal

Often foreign nationals are admitted in one category and apply for a change of status (COS) to another category while in the U.S.  Recently, USCIS issued a memorandum reminding applicants applying for COS that if they traveled abroad while the application was pending, their application would be considered abandoned and USCIS would issue a denial. Traveling abroad will also result in a denial of any Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, filed before the COS is approved.   Therefore, if […]

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Montreal to Handle All Fiancé(e) Visa Interviews in Canada

Currently, only two posts in Canada process fiancé(e) visas, Vancouver and Montreal. However, starting April 1, 2016 the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver will no longer process K-1 visas, also known as fiancé(e) visas.  This change applies to all K-1 petitions received at the National Visa Center (NVC) after March 31st. What does this mean for Canadian residents applying for a K Visa? After USCIS approves your I-129F petition, it is sent to the NVC which […]

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Mary Bland Love featured in Jacksonville Daily Record

“Our Legal Community Needs More Lawyers Like Mary” Mary Bland Love was the recipient of the 2016 Raymond Ehrlich Award, given annually to a lawyer whose career has embodied qualities to which litigators aspire. Ehrlich was a Florida Supreme Court chief justice and a role model to many. The award recognizes traits such as professionalism, discernment, thoroughness and preparedness, mentorship and a willingness to help those in need. Love is a former president of the […]

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USCIS continues to seek public comments on proposed changes to Form I-9

Public comments may be submitted until April 27, 2016. In response to the public comments already received, USCIS has already made changes to the proposed new form including: Validations on certain fields to ensure information is entered correctly; Drop-down lists and calendars; Embedded instructions for completing each field; A dedicated area to enter additional information that employers are currently annotating in the margins; A quick-response (QR) code that generates once the form is printed to […]

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USCIS Seeks Additional Comments on Proposed Changes to I-9

  USCIS continues to seek public comments on proposed changes to Form I-9, Employment Verification.  Public comments can be submitted until April 27, 2016.  In response to the public comments already received, USCIS has already made changes to the proposed new form including: ·         Validations on certain fields to ensure information is entered correctly; ·         Drop-down lists and calendars; ·         Embedded instructions for completing each field; ·         A dedicated area to enter additional information that employers are currently annotating […]

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March 2016 Immigration Bulletin is Out!

        Hello, and Welcome to our March Immigration Update! As an immigration attorney and two-time immigrant, I am often asked to share my thoughts on America’s immigration policies, particularly now, when immigration has been a hot-button issue on the presidential campaign trail. Regardless of your thoughts on the current immigration proposals, the issues and values surrounding immigration frame our nation and affect us all. Successive waves of immigrants have kept our country […]

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