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What You Need to Know about the Travel Ban

The US Supreme Court upheld the third, re-engineered version of President Trump’s travel ban by a vote of 5 to 4. This decision will add another brick to the invisible wall creating negative disruption to businesses, families, and our country’s prosperity. We already had and now will have an enhanced “extreme vetting” process for all visa processing. The United States has some of the most comprehensive visa screening procedures in the world, which include identity, security, and […]

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Can I Travel While My Petition Is Pending?

The answer depends on a number of factors. What type of petition have you filed? Is your current visa expired? Are you changing employers? Download this FAQs PDF to learn more.

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Want to Hire Someone but Their EAD Has Expired? There May Be Hope!

You’ve completed the arduous process of finding the perfect candidate for the job. This person fits the bill perfectly. Beyond having the necessary skills and experience, this individual also has the right personality and attitude to fit into the team seamlessly. Better yet, everyone agrees that this candidate is the one! Now comes time for the onboarding process. You’re filling out the Form I-9, and then it happens. You’re presented with an EAD, but it’s […]

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F-1 Students: How to Handle the Cap-Gap

If you are an F-1 student who has recently graduated and are in post-competition optional practical training (OPT), you may have a gap between when your F-1 or OPT status ends and your H-1B status will begin, if selected.   Fortunately, USCIS has a policy in place that can allow you to stay, and often continue working, in the United States while you wait for news on your H-1B filing. You must: Be the beneficiary […]

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H-1B Cap Selection Is Complete. Now What?

On April 6th, USCIS announced that the cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas for FY2019 was met. They received a total of 190,098 H-1B cap petitions, 95,885 of which are master’s cap petitions. If you submitted a petition, you may be wondering, “What happens now? When will I know if mine is selected?” USCIS takes several weeks to months to notify which cases are selected in the lottery. Here is an overview of the process […]

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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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