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USCIS’ No Deference Memorandum

If you are filing an extension request, you can no longer rely on a smooth process. Previously, adjudicators gave deference to the findings of the earlier approved petition, unless there was evidence of an error, fraud, or changes to key elements. However, under a new USCIS memo, adjudicators must apply an elevated level of scrutiny to extension requests. All the prior evidence and much more will have to be reproved and resubmitted. The USCIS’ officers will readjudicate the petition […]

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WEBINAR – How to Prepare for the New H-1B Cap Season: What You Need to Know

The Trump Administration policy “Buy American, Hire American” is leading to many changes in immigration, particularly with H-1B processing. Join us for a one-hour webinar to discuss the following and more: H-1B application timeline New required documentation Proving the professional nature of the occupation My H-1B is filed, now what? What’s next? Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST   Register Now

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Prepare for the H-1B the Lottery: H-1B FAQs – Part 1

The demand for cap-subject H-1Bs continues to be high. Therefore, it is imperative that employers, employees, and their immigration counsel start petition preparations early. Job descriptions, salary, O*Net codes, Department of Labor (DOL) registration, the posting of required notices, and credential verification are only a few of the details that must be considered during preparation. Read part 1 of our FAQs, and check back next month for part 2. 1. What is the H-1B visa? […]

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Go Jaguars!

Our firm has been cheering the Jags this season. Congrats on making it all the way to the AFC Championship! Next year… Super Bowl!

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Travel Alert: New US Domestic Requirement for All Travelers Starts Jan. 22

Starting January 22, 2018, the US Department of Homeland Security will not accept certain state-issued IDs for domestic travel. Passports are universally accepted and the preferred ID for all air travel. Florida state-issued IDs are compliant. However, if you plan to use an ID issued by another state for travel within the United States on or after January 22, visit this Department of Homeland Security website for details.

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Giselle Carson Speaks to the NE Florida Paralegal Association

On January 4, Marks Gray attorney Giselle Carson spoke about current issues in U.S. immigration, the growing shortage of high-skilled workers, and the global competition for talent at the Northeast Florida Paralegal Association’s continuing legal education luncheon. Giselle was honored to be invited and help keep these talented paralegals current with recent immigration law changes.

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