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Monthly Archives from March 2020

Foreign Nationals Don’t Need a SSN to Be Onboarded

Foreign nationals arriving in the United States to work are often unable to get their Social Security number (SSN) until a few days or weeks after they begin working for various reasons. As of this writing, along with countless other businesses across the country, the Social Security offices are closed. So no one can get a new SSN. What should you do if you need to onboard a foreign national worker without a SSN? Don’t […]

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USCIS Office Closures Extended

USCIS has extended its suspension of in-person services at field offices until at least April 7. This will impact and further delay Biometric (fingerprinting) appointments, Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) and Advance Parole (travel document) adjudications, Green Card and Naturalization interviews, Naturalization Ceremonies, and more. Learn more.  To stay up-to-date on changes, subscribe to our Immigration News Bites. Subscribe  

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H-1B Cap Lottery Results Being Released

The H-1B cap lottery results FY2021 are being released. But what does that mean? Will you know immediately if you were selected? What if you were not selected? The majority of those who have been selected for an H-1B cap visa this year will likely know by March 31 if they were selected. However, USCIS has indicated that beneficiaries not chosen in the initial selection will remain in consideration for selection until the end of […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Here are a few additional resources for COVID-19 updates: U.S. Department of State – COVID-19 Information U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Florida Department of Health – COVID-19

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Marks Gray Will Be “Working from Home”

The team at Marks Gray is taking the Coronavirus precautions, advisories and orders very seriously to protect the health and safety of our team, clients and community. To comply with the Mayor of Jacksonville’s work-from-home order made this week, the Marks Gray team has moved to remote work except for critical, on-site staff. We are thankful to report that we have no known cases of the virus among our staff, and we continue to take […]

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Special Announcement: US Copyright Registration Fee Changes

The United States Copyright Office (USCO) has announced a new fee schedule that went into effect on Friday, March 20, 2020. This follows a comprehensive cost study, an evaluation of budget requirements, and a review of previous proposals and public commentary. The changes are an attempt by the USCO to balance its expenses. Not all fees increased. Some decreased. And some, like group applications for photos, have remained the same. The most widely-affected cross-section of […]

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