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New Immigration Reform Proposal Could Affect Every Part of Current Policy

Author: Giselle Carson

To the Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond!

On February 22, 2018, as part of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) delegation, Giselle Carson had the unique opportunity to attend a private reception with Vice President Mike Pence and tour NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. She, along with the Vice President, toured the Space Center and commercial spaceflight facilities in Cape Canaveral, including Boeing, Blue Origin, and the United Launch Alliance. “I was thrilled to visit NASA and share a vision and plans for space […]

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EAD Extension Delayed? How to Know If You Qualify for an Extension

EAD extension delays are now a common occurrence, but many qualify for an automatic extension. The extension begins on the EAD expiration date and continues for up to 180 days unless the renewal is denied. To qualify, you must fulfill the following requirements: Have a pending and timely filed application to renew your EAD before it expires (except for certain employees granted Temporary Protected Status); Have the same eligibility category on the EAD and the […]

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Tips for Employers to Complete Form I-983 for the F-1 OPT STEM Extension

One important requirement for the OPT STEM extension is the completion of a Training Plan using Form I–983. We created an FAQ to help you put together a plan. Download the PDF Now Still have questions? Reach out to the Marks Gray Immigration Team.

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Signatures Become Even More Important

Effective March 18, 2018, USCIS will no longer accept power of attorney signatures on forms from petitioners and applicants seeking immigration benefits. For forms filed by a corporation or other legal entity, an authorized person who is employed by the petitioner must sign. This is important because if a form is filed with a faulty signature, USCIS may reject the form without offering a chance to fix the problem. Power of attorney signatures are only authorized for children under 14 years old and individuals […]

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Giving Back to Our Community – Chili for Charity

We had the privilege of participating in The Jacksonville Bar Association’s 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Our attorneys and staff prepared the most delicious chili and toppings. The proceeds benefited “Rethreaded”, an amazing organization that renews hopes, reignites dreams, and supports survivors of human trafficking. Thank you to everyone who made this another successful and impactful event!

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USCIS No Longer Secures America’s Promise as a Nation of Immigrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ newly revamped mission statement makes it very clear: the agency is no longer in the business of helping immigrants. The new statement not only removes a line referring to the United States as a “nation of immigrants” but also does not contain any reference to immigrants at all. USCIS director L. Francis Cissna explained the change by claiming that USCIS isn’t supposed to help immigrants but instead “the American people”. […]

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