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Monthly Archives from July 2017

Book Excerpt: Can I Change from L-1B to L-1A Status?

Here is an excerpt from the “L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visas” chapter in Giselle Carson’s book Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, which is available for purchase on Amazon. Can I change from L-1B to L-1A status? Yes, if you are promoted to manager or executive, your employer can file a new petition to amend your status to L-1A. To be eligible to benefit from the […]

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Broughan to Chair JBA’s Franchise, Intellectual Property, and Technology Committee

Crystal Broughan will serve as the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Chair of the Franchise, Intellectual Property, and Technology Committee for 2017-2018. Her Vice-Chair will be Kate Rowe with Smith Gambrell.  Crystal will be attending the Jacksonville Bar Associations Open Bar Social on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at 1 Independent Drive on the 2nd Floor in downtown Jacksonville. Lawyers who are interested in serving on the Franchise, Intellectual Property, and Technology Committee should stop by […]

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USCIS Releases a Revised Form I-9

On July 17, 2017, USCIS released a revised Form I-9 and the Handbook for Employers. You may begin using the new form immediately, but it is not required until September 18, 2017. Until then, you may continue to use the Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N. You should also continue to follow existing storage and retention rules for all previously completed Form I-9s. Here is what HR professionals need to know about […]

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Marks Gray P.A. Announces Expansion to Lake City, FL

JACKSONVILLE, FL.–Marks Gray P.A. announced plans to open a third North Florida location in the Lake City Historic Commercial District.  Marks Gray will be co-located with property appraisers Candler, Moses & Associates at 184 North Marion Street. Shareholder Meagan Logan of Marks Gray will be representing the firm at the new Lake City location.  Ms. Logan’s practice is concentrated in the areas of civil litigation, employment and labor law, municipal liability, appellate law and insurance […]

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Tips for Avoiding Intellectual Property Litigation

Litigation can be time-consuming, expensive, and damaging to your business’s reputation. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your chance of being involved in unnecessary litigation related to IP. DO conduct a trademark search to see if anyone else is already using the trademark BEFORE you select a trademark name or logo. Do register your trademarks with the State of Florida and/or the United States Patent and Trademark Office. DO protect your Intellectual […]

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Options Beyond the H-1B: Consider the NIW and Its New Adjudicatory Standard

  On December 27, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued a landmark decision for EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) green card cases, which may make it easier for some to pursue this option. The AAO decision eliminated the existing NYSDOT standards and replaced them with more realistic standards. USCIS may now grant an NIW if the petitioner demonstrates: that the foreign national’s proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance; that he or […]

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