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Yearly Archives from 2019

FAQs about RFEs: Understanding RFEs and How to Establish an H-1B Speciality Occupation – Part 1

We are continuing to see an increase in adjudicatory scrutiny and requests for evidence (RFEs) for many nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions. USCIS data shows that during fiscal year 2019, about 60% of all completed H-1B cases received an RFE as a result of the “Buy America, Hire American” Executive Order.  Fortunately, we are also seeing that the majority of our petitions undergoing RFEs are ultimately approved after another very strong and over-documented response.  These […]

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Lessons‌ ‌Learned‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting

This week I am attending the International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting in Austin, Texas. There are 1500 individuals from all over the world gathered in Austin to network with clients, friends, and colleagues and to learn about the latest developments in anti-counterfeiting laws, steps being taken to control illicit trade activities in Free Trade Zones, and updates on trademark law in numerous countries. Two topics I found to be very interesting:  the updates on actions […]

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Marks Gray, P.A. Celebrates 120 Years Of Practicing Law

On Nov. 14th, the Marks Gray law firm celebrated 120 years of practicing law. This is an amazing feat considering the numerous challenges in the practice of law over that time frame, the changes in technology, and the number of lawyers that have practiced law at the firm.  Richard Marks, who started practicing law in 1899, is credited as the founder of the law firm. He was later joined by his brother Sam Marks. Harry […]

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H-1B Cap Subject Petitions Will Now Come with a $10 Registration Fee

USCIS officially announced the addition of a $10 registration fee recently. They say that this non-refundable fee will be required for registrations that are submitted as part of the FY2021 H-1B cap process. This, of course, is assuming that testing of the system has actually been completed. Currently, it is not complete, so the new registration requirement has not technically been added. In fact, USCIS has said that it will provide the public with “ample […]

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