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Monthly Archives from April 2018

Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated today! The event was established to highlight how intellectual property rights encourage and support creativity and innovation. This year, the theme is “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity,” celebrating the contributions of women around the world who are driving change and shaping the future. So, it feels appropriate that Marks Gray IP lawyer Crystal Broughan just had dinner with the talented women on the IP Litigation Committee at the […]

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Giselle Carson Finishes Her 5th Boston Marathon

Here is Marks Gray immigration attorney Giselle Carson getting ready to dig deep at her 5th Boston Marathon! “The commitment, determination, and grit to train and complete the Boston Marathon carries over into my professional life and gives me the energy and determination to practice business immigration law,” says Giselle. Congrats, Giselle!

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I-9 Verification of Current Employee with Automatic EAD Extension

As EAD extension delays become more common, so does the need to verify employees who are subject to a 180-day automatic extension. In this article, you’ll learn how to complete the process for current employees. Check back next month to learn how to handle it for new employees. What should the employer do first? The category code on the EAD must match one of these categories: A03, A05, A07, A08, A10, C08, C09, C10, C16, […]

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F-1 Students: How to Handle the Cap-Gap

If you are an F-1 student who has recently graduated and are in post-competition optional practical training (OPT), you may have a gap between when your F-1 or OPT status ends and your H-1B status will begin, if selected.   Fortunately, USCIS has a policy in place that can allow you to stay, and often continue working, in the United States while you wait for news on your H-1B filing. You must: Be the beneficiary […]

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H-1B Cap Selection Is Complete. Now What?

On April 6th, USCIS announced that the cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas for FY2019 was met. They received a total of 190,098 H-1B cap petitions, 95,885 of which are master’s cap petitions. If you submitted a petition, you may be wondering, “What happens now? When will I know if mine is selected?” USCIS takes several weeks to months to notify which cases are selected in the lottery. Here is an overview of the process […]

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Shareholder Edward L. Birk Named Vice President of The Association of Defense Attorneys (ADTA)

Marks Gray is pleased to announce attorney Edward L. Birk was elected Vice President of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) at its 77th Annual meeting in Austin, Texas on April 21, 2018. Mr. Birk has served as Treasurer and a member since 2003. The ADTA is an organization of defense lawyers which accepts members by invitation only, allowing only one prime member per one million in population for each city, town, or municipality across […]

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