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Book Excerpt: Can I Change from L-1B to L-1A Status?

Here is an excerpt from the “L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visas” chapter in Giselle Carson’s book Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, which is available for purchase on Amazon. Can I change from L-1B to L-1A status? Yes, if you are promoted to manager or executive, your employer can file a new petition to amend your status to L-1A. To be eligible to benefit from the […]

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USCIS Releases a Revised Form I-9

On July 17, 2017, USCIS released a revised Form I-9 and the Handbook for Employers. You may begin using the new form immediately, but it is not required until September 18, 2017. Until then, you may continue to use the Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N. You should also continue to follow existing storage and retention rules for all previously completed Form I-9s. Here is what HR professionals need to know about […]

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Options Beyond the H-1B: Consider the NIW and Its New Adjudicatory Standard

  On December 27, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued a landmark decision for EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) green card cases, which may make it easier for some to pursue this option. The AAO decision eliminated the existing NYSDOT standards and replaced them with more realistic standards. USCIS may now grant an NIW if the petitioner demonstrates: that the foreign national’s proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance; that he or […]

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What You Should Know about the Supreme Court Decision on the Travel Ban

The US Supreme Court allowed a limited version of Trump’s travel ban to take effect. Here’s what you should know about the decision. The court ordered to keep in place part of the lower court injunctions, but reimposed the travel ban for foreign nationals “who lack any bona fide relationship” with US persons. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the merits of the executive order in October. The Supreme Court’s order is a partial […]

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Marks Gray Supports 6 Marathons in 6 Days

Marks Gray was proud to support business litigator Michael Freed’s recent fundraising efforts for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA). Freed ran from Tallahassee to Jacksonville – 6 Marathons in 6 Days – to raise money and bring awareness to the need for legal aid for low-income individuals. The sequence of marathons started at the Florida Supreme Courthouse in Tallahassee on May 28th and ended with an event titled “The Finish Line – Celebrating Pro Bono […]

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Book Excerpt: FAQs about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students

Here is an excerpt from the “F-1 Visa for Students” chapter in Giselle Carson’s book Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, which is available for purchase on Amazon. Is CPT a separate visa status? No, CPT is a benefit of F-1 status. While engaged in CPT, you are still considered to be in F-1 status under the visa sponsorship of your college or university. Does […]

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