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I-9 Audits Continue to Surge This Summer

Before the summer began, the number of worksite immigration-enforcement investigations had already doubled last year’s. And employers’ risk is only rising, as US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) moves forwards with a nationwide increase of Form I-9 audits this summer. Plans are also underway for a national inspection center. The center would allow for 15,000 Form I-9 audits every year. This is a significant jump from the 2,282 conducted in FY2017. The Marks Gray immigration […]

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Hope You Had a Happy 4th of July!

Welcome back from a holiday filled with pride, fun, and fireworks! As we follow and engage in the ongoing immigration challenges, including the new zero-tolerance policy, the upholding of the travel ban, and the resulting disruptions and uncertainties, it is more important than ever to be proactive, patient, and strategic.  The Marks Gray immigration team is proud to help employers and foreign nationals strategically and in partnership achieve their immigration needs and dreams. We’re also happy to […]

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Green Card Success Story: Patience and Strategy Pays Off

USCIS’ error inputting a birthdate turned an already long and complex green-card case into a nightmare. Here is our extraordinary and patient client’s story In 2013, a friend of mine put me in contact with Giselle and her immigration team at Marks Gray. I had just graduated from a distinguished U.S. university where I had been playing Division 1 tennis. After competing at the collegiate level in the USA, I wanted to continue my tennis […]

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Business (B-1) Visas May Become Harder to Get

USCIS is developing rules, policy memoranda, and operational changes to continue implementing President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order. One priority area is the Business (B-1) and Tourist (B-2) visa programs. USCIS has proposed regulatory changes to restrict the criteria for these classifications. These changes could limit permissible business activities. USCIS is also considering changes to the B-1 in Lieu of H visas. Following a discussion with the Departments of State, Labor, and […]

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ICE Pushing Employers to Revamped E-Verify Site

ICE has been more aggressive on enforcement efforts and encouraging employers to enroll in E-Verify, which basically provides the government with direct access to your I-9 information.    The recent revamp of the E-Verify is aimed at supporting employers’ enrollment.   Some of the changes include features to: help ensure correct data entry, make the system more user-friendly, increase the speed and accuracy of results, streamline the creation and management of cases, improve data integrity and […]

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From Cuba to America, Sandoval Inspires at the Jax Jazz Festival

Energetic, brilliant, and multifaceted, Arturo Sandoval’s performance was inspiring. Arturo was born in Cuba and defected the Castro regime. He is a symbol of freedom, hard work, and of the contributions of immigrants to our country.

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