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Yearly Archives from 2019

FAQs about RFEs: Understanding RFEs and How to Establish an H-1B Speciality Occupation – Part 2

Part 2 of this series answers more FAQs about RFEs, particularly as they relate to specialty occupations H-1B petitions. You can read Part 1 here. 3. The initial petition was approved without an RFE or extensive documentation. Why did we receive an RFE? While immigration laws and regulations have not significantly changed over the last few years, USCIS’ adjudicatory policies and procedures have changed significantly. For example, USCIS no longer accepts factual statements made by […]

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Marks Gray Celebrates 120 Years

Marks Gray, one of Jacksonville’s oldest and most respected law firms, is celebrating 120 years of service to Northeast Florida’s corporations and industry. The firm held a private celebration at its Southbank offices on Thurs. Nov. 14. The firm also recognized some of its longest-standing members, including James Rinaman, Jr., who practiced at the firm for 56 years before retirement and was influential in many events and cases that shaped Jacksonville, including consolidation. Retired members […]

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Shareholder Jeptha Barbour Receives Trial Lawyer of the Year

Shareholder Jeptha Barbour was chosen as Trial Lawyer of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates. The annual meeting and awards dinner was held on November 15, 2019, at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Jep, a Jacksonville native, has practiced law at Marks Gray since 1982. Jep has an outstanding resume that continues to grow year after year.  Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/JepABOTA

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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

From November 19th to the 22nd, I attended 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 […]

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