Immigration Blog

Giselle participates in Jacksonville’s “Dancing with the Stars” to support the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus

“I’m thrilled and honored to have participated,” says Giselle about the event. “I’m grateful for the support and encouragement I received from family, friends, the Marks Gray team, and clients. It required a lot of training and focus for a magical result – the event impacts the lives of more than 1,000 children from all walks of life who now have a greater opportunity to experience joy and discipline through music. “Thank you for your […]

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Celebrating Team Member Thyra Reveron and Our Community Contributions

Congrats to Thyra Reveron for completing the AILA Paralegal Course! “This was a great course to continue to sharpen my skills. I now have a greater level of understanding of the immigration system as a whole to better serve our clients in today’s challenging immigration climate,” says Thyra about the accomplishment. “It was an interactive online course that took several weeks to complete. It included videos, materials, and tests covering substantive topics of each area […]

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Why the Huge Processing Delays?

Nationwide millions of employers and people applying for work visas and green cards are waiting longer than ever for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process and approve applications and petitions. Five years ago, an average case took about five months to process. By fiscal year 2018, that same employer waited nearly 10 months. Today, that wait can be 10 months to a year. Many factors are slowing down cases, including new USCIS’ policies […]

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H-1B Cap Selection Is Complete. Now What?

USCIS announced that the cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas for FY2020 was met. They received a total of 201,011 H-1B cap petitions. There was an 11% increase from FY2019 in H-1B advanced degree (master’s and above) petitions selected in the FY2020 lottery; about 63% of those selected were advanced degree petitions. Unfortunately, as it has been for the last two years, being selected is just the first challenge. With the Request for Evidence (RFE) […]

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Extending H-1B Visas Beyond 6 Years and Recapturing Time

For H-1B visa holders and their employers, it’s valuable to understand the options for an extension of time beyond six years. Check out our FAQs to understand the opportunities that may be available. Read the FAQs.  

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CPT, OPT, and OPT STEM Guide for HR Pros and F-1 Students

This quick and practical reference PDF provides the information you need at a glance to identify the key differences between CPT, OPT, and STEM OPT – including the basic requirements and work authorization evidence. Thanks go to Ellen Mazujian and Gabbie Buenano for their assistance with this practical guide. Download the PDF

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