Written by Guest Author, Marks Gray Summer Law Clerk Julianna R. Favale This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and acknowledge how far women have come from having to fight for a right to vote. But there are still areas of law that are slow to develop alongside progressive shifts in societal mores. Why? Largely because they were shaped by such norms. Intellectual property is one such area of law. The […]Continue Reading
If Your Foreign Passport Is Expiring in Less Than 6 Months and You Haven’t Been Able to Renew It, How Can You Re-enter the U.S.?
In most cases, to be admitted to the United States, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the period of your intended stay. So, what can you do if your foreign passport is expiring in less than six months? Generally, you will not be able to re-enter the United States without a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry. Unless […]Continue Reading
USCIS Fees Are Increasing By an Average of 20%. Find Out If You Could Be Impacted.
USCIS recently released a Final Rule saying it plans to increase filing fees by an average of 20% in addition to other price hikes and adjustments to processing time limits. What exactly is changing and who is going to be the hardest hit? What is happening to Premium Processing? USCIS has asked for the ability to impose a 10% surcharge on immigration applications and plans to significantly increase filing fees starting October 2, 2020. According […]Continue Reading
What You Should Know about Possible USCIS Furloughs and the Potential Impact on Your Application
USCIS has threatened to furlough more than 13,000 USCIS workers, alleging budget shortfalls. How could this impact your application? What can you do? Since 2017, USCIS has implemented an arsenal of policies and procedures that have decreased its efficiency, driven up the cost of adjudications, slowed case processings, and caused “immigration chaos.” That’s not our opinion, either — it comes from a federal judge! USCIS’ budget report shows that it will end the fiscal year […]Continue Reading
Every Day Is an Opportunity to Make a Difference in Someone’s Life!
During this past July 4th weekend, I received this note from a client. “Thank you for helping me 9 years ago to become a U.S. citizen. I’m beyond grateful for your help and that tomorrow I get to celebrate my 9th Independence Day as an American. It’s my favorite holiday.” The Marks Gray team is honored and privileged by the opportunity to make a difference! To stay up-to-date on business immigration news, subscribe to our Immigration […]Continue Reading
Culhane’s Irish Pub: Learning How to Pivot During the Pandemic
The past five months have really been rough on our local restaurants, pubs, bars, and taprooms. First they were all shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So they had to build up their takeout and delivery services. Then they were allowed to partially open. And then shut down again. Some establishments have gotten creative and developed new ways to conduct business. Culhane’s Irish Pub created $10 boxed lunches and started marketing the boxed lunches […]Continue Reading