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Monthly Archives from March 2016

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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How Can a Visa Applicant Prove Ties to Home Country?

One of the requirements of many nonimmigrant visas is that the applicant provides evidence of his/her ties to the home country. This evidence is used to evaluate whether the applicant has sufficient ties to bind him/her to their country so that they want to return after their U.S. Stay.  What evidence you can provide will vary based on your age, relationships, assets and others. Below are some suggestions of category of evidence that we have […]

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Visas for Children

How to obtain visas for children?  We know it can be difficult to travel overseas with kids and this post is intended to facilitate your visa application for your child. While all children need a visa for travel to the U.S., kids under the age of 14 do not have to appear at the U.S. embassy for an interview or have their fingerprints taken. To obtain the visa for their children, parents need to complete […]

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USCIS Proposal May Increase Strike Zone for Professional Athletes

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed new guidance for adjudicating O-1 visa petitions for athletes and other individuals of extraordinary ability in certain fields.

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Jacksonville Bar Bulletin: Learning Lessons from those Who Inspire You

by Giselle Carson, Esq., The Jacksonville Bar Association President and Shareholder at Marks Gray, P.A. As an immigration attorney and two-time immigrant, I am often asked what I think about our immigration process, particularly now, when immigration has been at the forefront of the presidential election. This is an important issue, which is beyond what I can cover in this short article. However, whether you are for or against the immigration proposals, the issues and […]

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What is an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)?

eTA is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. It became mandatory on March 2016 and allows Canada to screen travellers before they arrive. What is an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)? eTA is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. It will become mandatory on March 15, 2016 and allows Canada to screen travellers before they arrive. The authorization is electronically linked to […]

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