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Monthly Archives from February 2017

Tips to Prepare for a Successful New H-1B Filing

Here are our top five tips for H-1B filing: Your H-1B petition must be ready to be filed by April 3rd, 2017. It’s crucial to start preparing now. Don’t delay! Your position must relate to your educational credentials. The H-1B requires at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. That education must be related to the job you will perform in the United States.

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FAQs about H-1B Prep: Staying Ahead of the Game

With the upcoming H-1B filing season fast approaching, it’s time to start planning accordingly and based on what we currently know. The Trump administration is expected to issue proposed changes to the H-1B visa program. The proposed changes were outlined in a draft of an Executive Order dated January 23, 2017 titled “Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs.” Additionally, legislation has been introduced in Congress to address the H-1B […]

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Employer Alert: New I-9 Handbook

It’s here! US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the new M-274 “Handbook for Employers with Guidance for Completing Form I-9”. The handbook includes guidance on completing the new Form I-9, which went into effect on January 22, 2017, as well as photocopying and retention, unlawful discrimination and penalties, and E-Verify.

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Giselle Carson Discusses Trump’s Immigration Policy on “This Week in Jacksonville”

Business immigration attorney Giselle Carson appeared on the News 4 Jax segment “This Week in Jacksonville” on Sunday, February 5th. She discussed the impact of Trump’s recent travel ban and possible changes to the H-1B visa process coming in the future. You can watch the segment starting at 11:19 here: view the video. You can find Giselle Carson’s new book, Beyond the H-1B, mentioned in the segment on Amazon. Subscribe to the Marks Gray Immigration […]

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Book Release!

I’m excited to announce the release of my book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students. As you prepare for 2017 hires, it will be helpful to understand the work visa options available to your employees. The book is currently available on Amazon, both in print and Kindle versions. Buy now.

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How to Correct Mistakes on the I-9

If an employer conducts an internal audit, sometimes mistakes are uncovered. What are the next steps you should take? Here is what you need to know: If a Form I-9 was never completed or is missing, the current version of the Form I-9 should be completed as soon as possible. 

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