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Shareholder Giselle Carson Completes Kona Ironman

Marks Gray is proud to announce Shareholder   Giselle Carson completed the Kona Ironman on Saturday, October 14th in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. This is Ms. Carson’s fifth Ironman. Ms. Carson shares why she is committed to triathlons, fitness and growing her practice with dedication and perseverance, “A triathlon in general is a wholesome sport, personal choices and performance gains and successes go hand in hand.  I made the choice to dedicate many weekends to long hours of training.  I […]

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USCIS Policy Guidance on H-1B Master’s Cap Exemption

This May, USCIS issued an important policy memorandum about the H-1B master’s cap exemption. In order to qualify for the exemption, the institution granting your master’s degree must be considered a US institution of higher education, as defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), at the time you received your master’s degree. If the institution is qualified after your graduation date, you are not eligible for the master’s cap exemption and must enter the general H-1B […]

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Wondering How the New Employment-based Adjustment of Status Interview Requirement Will Affect You?

On August 28, USCIS announced that there will be a new requirement for in-person interviews for employment-based Adjustment of Status cases that were filed after March 6, 2017. This new requirement will be effective starting October 1. Since the 1990s, most of the employment-based Adjustment of Status cases have been adjudicated without interviews. This new requirement was made in reaction to the president’s Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the […]

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Do You Know the Current Processing Time for Your Case?

We encourage our clients and readers to please check the approximate processing times published by USCIS for certain petitions and applications. Although these are only approximate times, they can help you plan better, including postponing or cancelling travel plans; planning for a new hire or a new job; and/or applying for a driver’s license. With a caveat, the actual processing times can be longer (and in some unique and welcomed situations slightly faster) than those […]

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Is It Possible to Extend My ESTA Admission Beyond 90 Days?

Many foreigners enter the United States using ESTA and ask us whether they can extend this status. The answer for most applicants is: no. If you need to stay for longer than 90 days, you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Instead, you can apply for a visitor B visa. The requirements for the B visa are similar to the Visa Waiver program. You can […]

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Shareholder Giselle Carson Named Chairwoman of Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Marks Gray is pleased to announce Shareholder and Business Immigration attorney Giselle Carson was unanimously elected as Chairwoman by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) Board of Directors on September 25, 2017.   Jacksonville Aviation Authority Board of Directors is comprised of seven members. Three members are appointed by Jacksonville’s mayor while the other four are appointed by the governor of Florida. Each board member can serve up to two consecutive four-year terms. Ms. Carson previously served […]

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