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Tweets, DACA, and Immigration Reform

President Trump started 2018 with a tweet saying “Democrats are doing nothing for DACA… We are about RESULTS”. And Marks Gray immigration attorney Giselle Carson, JALA Director of the Refugee Immigration Project Mariana Munoz, and former DACA student “Maria” started their 2018 speaking with Melissa Ross on WJCT’s First Coast Connect on January 2 about the DACA program. The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program that protected young undocumented immigrants who came to […]

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Immigration Outlook for 2018

As we begin 2018, we expect ongoing efforts to transform and limit our legal immigration system without Congress’ approval. Some of the policies and changes being looked at include: Eliminating the work authorizations for certain H-1B spouses; Overhauling the H-1B program, including a new definition of “specialty occupation” and reworking the definitions of “employment” and “employer-employee relationship”; A modified H-1B cap selection process based upon degrees and wages; Reform for the F-1 student program that […]

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Summary of 2017’s Major Immigration Policy Changes

The current administration has set a goal of slowing down the legal immigration process to achieve a reduction in immigration and arguably protect US jobs. As a result, last year saw its fair share of policy upheavals, including: Three successive travel bans; The six-month suspension of premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including those counted against the annual H-1B cap; The unprecedented Level Wage 1 H-1B visa requests for further evidence (RFEs), which has led […]

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Shareholder Giselle Carson Reappointed to JAA by Governor Rick Scott

Marks Gray, P.A. is pleased to announce Business Immigration Attorney Giselle Carson was officially reappointed to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority by Governor Rick Scott on November 21, 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 as Vice-chairwoman and […]

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Believe It Is Possible!

I was honored to be the keynote speaker at a naturalization ceremony in October. Our newest citizens were a diverse group of men and women from 22 countries who believed it was possible and undertook remarkable journeys to become U.S. citizens. Speaking to new citizens always reminds me that immigrants are the backbone upon which our country was built. Immigrants, like my clients, my parents, my staff, and I, come to this country looking for […]

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