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Monthly Archives from July 2016

USCIS Announces All Unselected FY2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Have Been Returned

This morning the USCIS announced that is has returned all FY2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the computer generated selection process. We received all of our petitions filed on behalf of our clients. On May 2nd the USCIS announced that it had completed the data entry portion of all selected cap-subject petitions.

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FAQ: DACA, DAPA and SCOTUS – U.S. v. Texas Decision

About the Decision: On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a one-sentence per curium ruling in U.S. v. Texas, simply stating “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court”. This 4-4 decision left in place the Fifth Circuit ruling blocking the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) and Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

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Employers Risk Higher Penalties for Hiring Unauthorized Workers

Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), it is unlawful for an employer to hire or continue to employ workers knowing they are not authorized to work in the U.S. Employers can verify eligibility by completing form I-9. Failing to comply with these rules can expose your business to increased liability and be subject to monetary penalties. Recently the United States Department of Justice announced their plan to increase civil monetary penalties for employers […]

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"Stairway to Heaven" – Blog Post by Intellectual Property Attorney Crystal T. Broughan is on the Blog!

Marks Gray Shareholder and Intellectual Property Attorney Crystal Broughan authored her thoughts and feedback on the latest Intellectual Property Law case to make major headlines. Her latest post covers the “Stairway to Heaven” case confirming that Led Zeppelin did not commit copyright infringement when they wrote and performed the musical composition “Stairway to Heaven”. Fans were pleased to hear that a California jury in a copyright infringement case issued a verdict that the Defendants did […]

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What is the National Visa Center (NVC)?

The NVC is a Department of State (DOS) facility that handles immigrant visa-processing. They act as a liaison between USCIS, the green card applicant(s) and the consular post abroad. What is the National Visa Center (NVC)? The NVC is a Department of State (DOS) facility that handles immigrant visa-processing. They act as a liaison between USCIS, the green card applicant(s) and the consular post abroad. After USCIS approves your immigrant petition (I-130 or I-140), USCIS […]

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What should I do before the immigration interview?

What should I do before the interview? Obtain one (1) 2×2 passport-style photograph. Complete the online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, Form DS-160, which can be accessed at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ and print the confirmation page with barcode. pay the visa application fee and print the payment receipt. Schedule your interview and print the interview appointment confirmation. What should I do to prepare for the interview? Review all paperwork for accuracy and to ensure that you have all […]

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