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Form I-751  Immigration Update

USCIS has 58,700 Form I-751 pending petitions. Processing times for these petitions are 11.5 months out. The Vermont Service Center (VSC) acknowledged that this isn’t where they want to be. They hope that in the next month or two they will increase the number of petitions being processed.  They have 20 workers in training who will be coming back to help with adjudication.  Once the TPS (Texas Service Center) workload eases up, some of those adjudicators […]

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What does the Trump Presidency mean for my immigration process?

Over the last few months, and more since November 9th, I have been asked – what does the Donald Trump Presidency mean for my immigration process? It is unlikely that we will see significant changes to the immigration process in the near term.  In the long term, we are likely to see President-Elect Trump and Congress tackle immigration reform and changes including increased worksite enforcement and I-9 audits, additional security checks for visa processing and increased regulation on work […]

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Immigration Success Stories: Employment-Based First Preference EB-1

Employment-Based (EB-1) Green Card for International Customer & Product Support Manager from Venezuela “Thank you very much for all the hard work and the good spirit placed on our case!!” We regularly help employers petition for permanent resident status (“green card”) for their employees with extraordinary ability. Here, we are sharing another green card success story for an International Customer and Product Support Manager from Venezuela.

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Are You Ready for the New “Smart” Form I-9?

USCIS has advised that it will publish the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, by November 22, 2017. Employers may continue using Form I-9 dated 03/08/2013 through Jan. 21, 2017. Employers must be ready to start using the new Form I-9 by Jan. 22, 2017.   Will you be ready? We will be providing updates and learning opportunities for you on this topic.   Stay tuned. 

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How to Protect Your Registered Trademark

By Crystal Broughan, Esq. Marks Gray, P.A. Business owners often believe that once they obtain a trademark registration from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) their trademark is protected.   But they need to actively protect their trademarks on an ongoing basis. The company should have a protocol in place for the use and protection of their trademark. The certificate of registration is just one form of protection. The strength and distinctiveness of the […]

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Employer Ordered to Pay Penalties of $56,150 for I-9 Violations

In U.S. v. Solutions Group International, LLC, OCAHO ordered the employer to pay $56,150 in penalties after accounting for some mitigating factors. After Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) served a Notice of Inspection, the employer, Solutions Group, was unable to produce some I-9 forms and, as to the forms produced, ICE found various sections out of compliance. ICE filed a two-count complaint for: failure to prepare/present I-9 forms and failure to properly complete Section 2.   ICE assessed […]

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