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Monthly Archives from February 2018

USCIS No Longer Secures America’s Promise as a Nation of Immigrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ newly revamped mission statement makes it very clear: the agency is no longer in the business of helping immigrants. The new statement not only removes a line referring to the United States as a “nation of immigrants” but also does not contain any reference to immigrants at all. USCIS director L. Francis Cissna explained the change by claiming that USCIS isn’t supposed to help immigrants but instead “the American people”. […]

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Need an InfoPass Appointment? Be Aware of These Changes

As part of a new pilot program, the Jacksonville USCIS field office is anticipated to roll out a new scheduling process for InfoPass appointments. Once implemented, scheduling will be coordinated by the USCIS National Customer Service Center. This new program is set up to avoid the use of InfoPass appointments for routine inquiries that could be resolved by the Customer Service Hotline. USCIS plans to implement this new pilot program at five local field offices: […]

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Trustee Misbehaving – Part 2: Fireable Offenses

Co–authored by Kristine M. Scott, Estate Planning Associate In the last post, we talked about the role of Trustee in general, as well as the importance of a Trustee fulfilling his or her obligations to the trust and its beneficiaries. This week, we’ll elaborate on what each Trustee owes to the beneficiaries of the trust being managed. The obligations placed on an individual acting as Trustee are commonly known as “fiduciary” duties. In the context of a trust, […]

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Marks Gray Announces Two New Attorneys Join Firm

Marks Gray, P.A. is pleased to announce that Denise C. May and Kristine M. Scott have joined the firm as Associates. Ms. May’s practice focuses primarily in governmental liability, municipal law, civil litigation, and civil rights. She received her Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law graduating cum laude.  While there she served as Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of the Environmental & Earth Law Journal.  She received her B.S. in Computer Networking Technology at […]

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FAQs: What to Expect at Your Employment-Based Green Card Interview

USCIS is now conducting in-person interviews for employment–based green cards. These types of interviews have not been conducted since the 1990s, so many people have questions about what to expect from the process. I am attending these interviews with my clients. Here is a summary of my observations and answers to the most frequently asked questions about employment–based green card interviews. Download FAQs.

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Grumpy Cat Elated to Win $700k Lawsuit (But You Wouldn’t Know It)

You may know the internet celebrity Tardar Sauce by her more popular name, Grumpy Cat. She has been the subject of numerous memes. One of the most famous reads, “I had fun once. It was awful.” But you may not be aware that her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, formed the company Grumpy Cat Limited to capitalize on the cat’s permanently grumpy expression. Since then, Grumpy Cat has made numerous TV appearances, including Today, Good Morning America, […]

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