Immigration Blog

Giselle Speaks to the Association of Legal Administrators Jax on Immigration Updates and Learns from them – a Win-Win! 

Giselle was honored to speak virtually to the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Jax on how immigration and global economics are being impacted by COVID-19.  She also learned new Zoom and Linkedin tips from ALA members!  

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Marks Gray Gives Back and Participates in Local Food Drive

Last week, our attorneys and staff worked together to collect non-perishable food items and canned goods for City Rescue Mission.  City Rescue Mission, Inc. is an organization that provides food, clothing, shelter, emergency services and residential recovery programs to homeless men, women, and women with children. Our greatness is not about what we have, but about what we give. So proud of our team.

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New Decision Means You Can Temporarily Use Form I-797 EAD Approval for Form I-9 Verification

Qualifying Form I-797s must include a notice date on or after 12/1/19 through 8/20/20. Additionally, this form must be informing of Approval of an Application for EAD (Form I-765) until 12/1/20. Employees may use the EAD Approval Notice to establish employment authorization during the I-9 verification process.  This decision comes after a settlement from a class action lawsuit against USCIS, asserting harm from the recent extensive delays in EAD card issuance. It was discovered that […]

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HR Alert: There Is an Additional Extension of the Flexibility of Virtual Verification for Form I-9

DHS and ICE recently announced another extension of the flexibility of virtual verification to comply with the requirements of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  Previously, the deadline for flexible verification was set to expire on August 18. However, due to dangers associated with the online COVID-19 pandemic, DHS decided to extend the policy for another 30 days.  Keep in mind, however, that this provision only applies to those workplaces and employers that are operating remotely. […]

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USCIS Conducts an Unprecedented 2nd H-1B Cap Lottery: What It Means for You

On August 14, 2020, without notice or warning, USCIS conducted an unprecedented second H-1B cap lottery for FY2021. Here’s what made the second lottery possible.  After the initial lottery, certain employers chose not to file some of their selected H-1B cap petition(s). This resulted in unused H-1B visa numbers. The second lottery selected candidates from the remaining, previously unselected registrations. How did it work? USCIS uploaded new Registration Selection Notices to the USCIS Online Accounts. […]

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