Immigration Blog

What Else to Expect for Business Immigration in 2020?

The proposed regulatory agenda for business immigration in 2020 includes: Re-defining the term “specialty occupation” to continue to narrow the occupations that qualify for H-1B visas. The target date for this proposal is spring 2020. Extension of the 15-day premium processing timeline from 15 calendar days to 15 business days. Elimination of the ability of H-4 spouses to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD). The target date for this proposal is March 2020. Employers […]

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Tips and Approaches for the New H-1B Cap Season

USCIS just announced the new electronic registration process for H-1Bs in 2020.  With the new process, employers will first provide general information about the company and each potential H-1B worker (and pay a $10 registration fee) starting on March 1st — beginning the process a month earlier than previous years. Conceptually, I think electronic registration is a good idea. And expecting that the process would change, we began to prepare for the changes and H-1B […]

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Immigrants Lead the Way for America in Nobel Prizes

Since the year 2000, immigrants have made up almost 40% of American Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry, Medicine, and Physics.  This year is no different, with four US immigrants being named Nobel Laureates. Learn more about these amazing men and women and their contributions at Forbes.  Where will our next Nobel winners come from?

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FAQs about RFEs: Understanding RFEs and How to Establish an H-1B Speciality Occupation – Part 3

Part 3 of this series answers the final FAQs about RFEs, particularly as they relate to specialty occupations H-1B petitions. Read parts one and two. 5. How do we establish that the position is a specialty occupation? The petition must demonstrate to USCIS’ satisfaction that the position is one that requires not only the understanding and application of a highly specialized body of knowledge but also that the employer and the industry normally require at […]

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Jacksonville Bar Association’s Yoga on the Lawn

The Marks Gray immigration team recharged with the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Health and Wellness Committee program – Yoga on the Lawn of the courthouse, led by a wonderful Judge who is also a certified yoga instructor.   

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FAQs about RFEs: Understanding RFEs and How to Establish an H-1B Speciality Occupation – Part 2

Part 2 of this series answers more FAQs about RFEs, particularly as they relate to specialty occupations H-1B petitions. You can read Part 1 here. 3. The initial petition was approved without an RFE or extensive documentation. Why did we receive an RFE? While immigration laws and regulations have not significantly changed over the last few years, USCIS’ adjudicatory policies and procedures have changed significantly. For example, USCIS no longer accepts factual statements made by […]

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