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New Immigration Reform Proposal Could Affect Every Part of Current Policy

Author: Giselle Carson

Arbitrary and Unpredictable Consular Visa Processing Requests and Delays

As part of the executive order “Buy American and Hire American”, we are now seeing and hearing about arbitrary and unpredictable consular visa processing requests and delays. These include processing for L-1 multinational managers or specialized knowledge employees; E-2 investors; O-1 extraordinary alien; and H-1B professional workers after USCIS has already approved the petition. This trend is unfortunately likely to continue because the Department of State updated the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), which it uses as guidance […]

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Alert about Employees in F-1 Status Changing to H-1B

Most students in F-1 or J-1 status are exempt from FICA (Medicare and Social Security) taxes, but once an employee’s status changes to H-1B, that exemption ends. They will become subject to FICA taxes. As the employer, you must begin withholding FICA taxes upon the effective date of the change.

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FAQ about Consular Processing

You’ve scheduled your consular interview appointment. Now you’re wondering: what’s next? Non-immigrant visa consular processing can be a stressful process.  These FAQs can prepare you and facilitate the process. 1.     What should I do to prepare for the interview? Review the appointment notice to ensure that you have all required documents. Do not staple documents. Use binder clips if necessary. Bring clear and legible photocopies of all required documents as well as originals, if required. […]

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Immigration Success Story: L-1A Visa for a Canadian Business Executive

The Marks Gray Immigration Team regularly helps clients with L-1A Visas for Intra-Company Transferees – Executive or Manager. This month, we are highlighting the success story of a Canadian employee at a virtual queuing technology company. The candidate first came to the United States in 2011 on an L-1B visa, which is for intracompany transferees with specialized knowledge. He was fortunate enough to be promoted to an executive position, which made him eligible for an […]

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Giselle Carson Featured in Attorney at Law Magazine

Giselle is proud to have been selected by her peers for inclusion in Attorney at Law Magazine First Coast’s Women in Law 2017 special issue. From the article: “These women have proven themselves to be exceptional professionals and standout legal minds. Please join us in congratulating each of them for the accomplishments they have achieved in their respective careers.” Read the full article here.

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