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Yearly Archives from 2016

Employer Alert: F-1 to H-1B Status Transition – Be Aware of FICA Tax Changes

Employer Alert: Be aware of FICA tax changes for your employees going from F-1 to H-1B status Most international students in F-1 or J-1 status are exempt from FICA (Medicare and Social Security) taxes on wages.  However, H-1B visa holders are subject to withholding of FICA tax and federal and state income taxes. H-1B visa holders are taxed as “resident aliens” on their worldwide income and may claim deductions for family members.

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Crystal Broughan to Receive Award at the BizTech Innovation Luncheon

I am pleased to announce that I will be receiving the award for “Best Intellectual Property Attorney” in Jacksonville, Florida at the upcoming Jacksonville Business Journal’s BizTech Innovation Awards luncheon on October 20th. This event will honor Jacksonville area businesses that are making strides in developing, employing and utilizing technology in their own company and/or for their clients. If you’d like to attend the luncheon and/or the Expo being held at the conclusion of the luncheon, […]

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FAQ: H-1B and Cap Exempt Organizations

Can you benefit from the H-1B Cap-Exemption? The H-1B cap is one of the current greatest concerns and challenges for employers seeking to hire professional foreign nationals. Employers are challenged by the limited (capped) number of H-1B visas available and the oversubscribed demand for these visas (the cap is typically reached within the first five days of filing).

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Immigration Success Story: Employment-Based EB-2

Employment-Based Green Card for Physical Therapist We regularly help clients in petitioning for permanent resident status (“green card”) for their employees with specialized knowledge and advanced degrees. This month, we are highlighting the success story of a Doctor of Physical Therapy who was able to obtain a green card. Previously, we worked to prepare H-1B petitions for him on behalf of his employer. We were very happy to learn that his employer, a highly successful […]

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Jill Bechtold Presented at the Fall Hospital Insurance Forum CEO Conference

Marks Gray Shareholder continues to be an industry leading presenter in “Reptile Theory” Shareholder Jill Bechtold represented Marks Gray recently at the Hospital Insurance Forum CEO Meeting in Newport, Rhode Island. Ms. Bechtold was a featured speaker at the event. She presented  on the topic of “Defense Strategies for Reptile Theory and EMR.” About Jill F. Bechtold Ms. Bechtold practices in the areas of medical and professional liability defense, products liability and general civil litigation […]

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Giselle Carson Elected as Officer on JAA Board

Immigration Attorney and Shareholder Giselle Carson was elected to serve as Vice Chairwoman of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Board on Monday night. Ms. Carson, who originally served as Treasurer of the Board, was appointed by Governor Scott in 2014. The JAA oversees airport issues in Duval County.

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