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Social Media Questions for Visa Applicants

U.S. Department of State recently proposed new questions that would require visa applicants to disclose all social media identities used in the last five years. They may also ask about international travels and request a five-year history of applicants’ phone numbers and email addresses. Exemptions will be made for diplomatic and official visas. If you will be applying for a visa, be aware that you may need to gather this additional information to prepare for […]

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ALERT: Undeliverable Immigration Documents Destroyed After 60 Days

If you have recently moved or plan to move, this is important news! Unless you provide USCIS with the correct address, any Permanent Resident Card, Employment Authorization Card, or Travel Document that are returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service will be destroyed after 60 days. Don’t risk it! Report your change of address within 10 days of your move. To submit an address change notification, it is best if you notify USCIS electronically. […]

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Giselle Carson Finishes Her 5th Boston Marathon

Here is Marks Gray immigration attorney Giselle Carson getting ready to dig deep at her 5th Boston Marathon! “The commitment, determination, and grit to train and complete the Boston Marathon carries over into my professional life and gives me the energy and determination to practice business immigration law,” says Giselle. Congrats, Giselle!

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I-9 Verification of Current Employee with Automatic EAD Extension

As EAD extension delays become more common, so does the need to verify employees who are subject to a 180-day automatic extension. In this article, you’ll learn how to complete the process for current employees. Check back next month to learn how to handle it for new employees. What should the employer do first? The category code on the EAD must match one of these categories: A03, A05, A07, A08, A10, C08, C09, C10, C16, […]

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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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