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Tips for Employers to Complete Form I-983 for the F-1 OPT STEM Extension

One important requirement for the OPT STEM extension is the completion of a Training Plan using Form I–983. We created an FAQ to help you put together a plan. Download the PDF Now Still have questions? Reach out to the Marks Gray Immigration Team.

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Signatures Become Even More Important

Effective March 18, 2018, USCIS will no longer accept power of attorney signatures on forms from petitioners and applicants seeking immigration benefits. For forms filed by a corporation or other legal entity, an authorized person who is employed by the petitioner must sign. This is important because if a form is filed with a faulty signature, USCIS may reject the form without offering a chance to fix the problem. Power of attorney signatures are only authorized for children under 14 years old and individuals […]

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Giving Back to Our Community – Chili for Charity

We had the privilege of participating in The Jacksonville Bar Association’s 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Our attorneys and staff prepared the most delicious chili and toppings. The proceeds benefited “Rethreaded”, an amazing organization that renews hopes, reignites dreams, and supports survivors of human trafficking. Thank you to everyone who made this another successful and impactful event!

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USCIS No Longer Secures America’s Promise as a Nation of Immigrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ newly revamped mission statement makes it very clear: the agency is no longer in the business of helping immigrants. The new statement not only removes a line referring to the United States as a “nation of immigrants” but also does not contain any reference to immigrants at all. USCIS director L. Francis Cissna explained the change by claiming that USCIS isn’t supposed to help immigrants but instead “the American people”. […]

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Need an InfoPass Appointment? Be Aware of These Changes

As part of a new pilot program, the Jacksonville USCIS field office is anticipated to roll out a new scheduling process for InfoPass appointments. Once implemented, scheduling will be coordinated by the USCIS National Customer Service Center. This new program is set up to avoid the use of InfoPass appointments for routine inquiries that could be resolved by the Customer Service Hotline. USCIS plans to implement this new pilot program at five local field offices: […]

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FAQs: What to Expect at Your Employment-Based Green Card Interview

USCIS is now conducting in-person interviews for employment–based green cards. These types of interviews have not been conducted since the 1990s, so many people have questions about what to expect from the process. I am attending these interviews with my clients. Here is a summary of my observations and answers to the most frequently asked questions about employment–based green card interviews. Download FAQs.

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