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Monthly Archives from April 2016

Edward L. Birk Appointed to Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee

Edward L. Birk, Shareholder at Marks Gray, P.A. begins another term on the Media and Communications Committee Edward Birk, a First Amendment and media partner at Marks Gray, P.A., has been appointed to another term on the Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee.  The committee provides attorneys a forum for exchanging information and educating the public about free speech, free press, and the ever-developing world of electronic communications.  Committee members often represent news organizations […]

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Over 236,000 FY17 H-1B Petitions Filed and Lottery Completed

USCIS just announced that it received over 236,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions.  This number is just a little higher than last year when USCIS received 233,000 petitions. We don’t yet have the number of U.S. Master’s vs. Bachelor’s degree petitions received.   We know that more than 20,000 U.S. Master’s petitions were received. USCIS conducted the lottery process April 9th, 2016 and selected the required 65,000 Bachelors and 20,000 U.S. Master’s petitions. Petitions not selected will be […]

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April 2016 Immigration Bulletin is Out!

 Hello, and Welcome to our April Immigration Update!The “H-1B season,” one of the busiest times of the year for immigration attorneys, just passed.  Unfortunately, as expected, the H-1B cap was met and a lottery will be conducted to select the petitions that USCIS will begin to adjudicate. This is a very stressful process full of uncertainties and my team and I would like to thank our clients for working with us promptly and effectively to […]

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Jacksonville Bar Bulletin: The Jacksonville Bar Association has the Power to Transform

Monday, April 4, 12:33 PM EDT By Giselle Carson, The Jacksonville Bar Association President In 1848, primarily through the giving of Joshua Bates, a Bostonian merchant and banker, the Boston Public Library was founded. This is the oldest free public city library in the world and the first to allow its patrons to borrow books. Prior to its founding, libraries were opened only to a select few. The founding of the BPL transformed the lives […]

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Can I apply for naturalization with an expired “green card”?

You should keep your “green card” valid at all times and plan to apply for naturalization while it is valid. As a U.S. permanent resident, you are expected to carry a valid green card with you.  The naturalization process is taking several months and sometimes up to a year.  Not having a valid “green card” can lead to difficulties in obtaining employment, a driver’s license, traveling abroad and much more. USCIS used to issue an […]

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Can I Change my Name When I Naturalize?

USCIS does not have the authority to change a person’s name when they naturalize.   However, you can request that USCIS issues a Certificate of Naturalization under a new name if: You present proof that you have already legally changed your name.   Such proof could be a Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree or Court Order with your new name. You take the Oath of Allegiance at a Naturalization Ceremony that is held in a Court.   Then, you […]

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