Immigration Blog

Giselle Carson Featured in Florida Times Union

Giselle Carson was quoted in an article in  Sunday, August 4th edition of the Florida Times Union discussing the potential lift of the Cuban embargo and its impact on Jaxport. Click here to read the article.

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Gay Married Man in Florida Becomes First to Receive Approved Immigrant Petition After DOMA Decision

A Bulgarian immigrant, who had been living and studying in the U.S. for many years in order to preserve his documented status, was having dinner with his American husband Friday when they received notice that USCIS had approved his immigrant or “green card” petition.  Traian Popov became the first immigrant of a same sex marriage to receive this approval since the Supreme Court’s decision striking Section 3 of DOMA last week.  The Court’s recognition of same […]

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Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Could Affect Immigration Bills

SCOTUS is expected to rule as soon as Monday on two landmark cases affecting same-sex marriage which could have immigration implications. Here’s a very interesting flowchart  from the NY Times on the possible Supreme Court outcomes:

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The FY 2014 H-1B Cap has been reached!

The FY 2014 H-1B Cap has been reached!  USCIS announced Friday that they have received a sufficient number of petitions for the 65,000 regular H-1B Visa limit and more than 20,000 petitions for the H-1B Masters cap.  They are no longer accepting 2014 H-1B petitions.  USCIS will conduct a random “lottery” to determine which petitions will be processed. USCIS has not said when this lottery will take place but is planning to release more information […]

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(E)I-94 Cards to Replace Paper Records

As referenced in our September 2012 immigration update, CBP will be making the paper I-94 card obsolete in the next few months, and automate the process.   Foreign Nationals will no longer receive a paper I-94 card upon entry.  They will receive a passport stamp and an electronic record will be created for the individual.   The paper I-94 will be available for printing by accessing www.cbp.gov/I94, a website that is expected to be up 30 days […]

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Unlawful Presence Waiver Now in Effect

Beginning March 4, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) and can show extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen relative can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the U.S. to apply for an immigrant visa abroad.  Other inadmissibility factors still apply.  The new process is expected to shorten the time U.S. citizens are separated from their relatives while they are abroad to obtain immigrant […]

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