Immigration law is second in complexity only to tax law. Educating yourself with basic information can help you understand what to expect on the journey ahead.

Beyond the H-1B Book

H1-B Book

Invaluable Resource
Thank you for writing this book! With the complexity of our immigration system, it’s difficult to understand all the available options for employers. This book gathers the information in a thorough, easy-to-use way. – J. Weiss

Highly Recommended It!  
An excellent and expertly written immigration guide written by a prominent immigration attorney with proven experience in the complex field of business immigration. I highly recommend it!  – D. Palangicon 

Excellent Reference
I recommend this book to anyone practicing Business Immigration or just wanting some information on the different work visas. It is concise, logical, and answers the most common questions that come up on the work visas discussed. – J. Fakhre

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Testimonials & Reviews

I-140 Petition, Schedule A, and Adjustment of Status/“Green Card” Approval with Priority Date Recapturing for a Filipino Nurse and her Husband

Dearest Attorney Carson,

Thank you so much for everything you have done. Thank you for taking time to call and share the great news. I honor and value you for your genuine concern and for personally having a relationship with your clients. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. More than words can say, I thank you deeply. Thank you most especially for helping not only me and my husband, but also my family back home in the Philippines who depend on me. You don’t know how much that means to them. Thank you for making a difference in our lives. Thank you for giving hope and being an inspiration. May God bless you abundantly and your family!

I-130 Petition, Marriage-Based, Approval and “Green Card” Processing through the National Visa Center with a successful interview at the London Embassy for a U.K. National

Good Morning,

Greetings – I arrived on Thursday in the late evening to a relatively quiet immigration hall. I was advised to line up in the visitor’s line and waited around 5 minutes. I handed my packet and passport over to a very friendly immigration officer. No real questioning beyond the usual. He said congratulations and passed me over to secondary immigration. I waited perhaps another 5 minutes and then a lady came and took my fingerprints and a signature for my green card. Was told to sit back down and wait. 10 Minutes later I was called over to an office. It was explained that I was being issued a 2 year entry and that I will have to file a form 90 days before it expires to have the restrictions removed. And that was it. Really painless! Thank you so much for all your help, we couldn’t have done this without you. I still haven’t really processed the fact I am here!

I-129 O-1A Petition, Extraordinary Ability Status, Approval for Physician/Lead Researcher from Brazil

That’s really great news! I can’t thank you all enough for all your hard work. It’s been an immense pleasure to work with you. I’m looking forward to hearing more from you.

I-140 Petition, Outstanding Professor and Researcher, and Adjustment of Status/“Green Card” Approval for Romanian Physicist

Hi Giselle,

That’s such great news. Now I can plan my summer vacation. I remember the “let’s start the process” email from you that was sent right after the Independence Day Weekend. I ALREADY GOT THE GREEN CARD by mail yesterday (in about ten and a half months) right before the Memorial Day weekend. The green card is the only document I will need from now on (besides my passport) to reenter the U.S. I’ll travel to Romania this summer. I couldn’t help but ‘turning back time’ almost 12 years when a very young, former high-school teacher arrived in the U.S., with only $400 in his pocket, but with hope, dreams, academic skills and potential and determination to succeed: I have to say that I am pleased and very grateful for how things turned out so far. Thank you so very much for your team’s outstanding work and support with this pivotal “green card” matter!

I-130 Petition, Marriage-Based, and Adjustment of Status/”Green Card” approval for Husband, Wife and Step-Child from Colombia. Wife was a student in F-1 Status Prior to Marriage to U.S. Citizen

Dear Giselle and Marks Gray Team,

Our family would like to thank you for all your AMAZING work on our case and the detailed effort you put in every day. We are thrilled to be permanent residents of this wonderful country. Thank you and GRACIAS from the bottom of our hearts!

I-140 Petition Approval for Indian Software Engineer whose Prior I-140 Petition had been Withdrawn by Employer and Beneficiary had little Time left in H-1B Status

Good evening! Thanks so much Giselle! This approval was only possible with your amazing knowledge and strategic approach, together with your paralegal team’s tactical methods. Because of you, the petition was submitted in a perfect and timely manner, and it secured USCIS’ approval. Looking forward to working with you and your team on an H-1B/H-4 3-year extension. Have a nice weekend!

I-130 Petition, Marriage-Based, Approval and “Green Card” Processing through the National Visa Center with a successful interview in Ciudad Juarez for husband who is a Mexican National

Giselle & Team, Thanks You so much for all of your hard work to make our Dreams Come True. We are extremely grateful! Love

I-129 H-1B Petition Approval for Computer Analyst from China followed by successful PERM, I-140 and Adjustment of Status/”Green Card” approval

We will forever be grateful for all you’ve done for us. Thank you Giselle and Thyra

Successful immigration process from TN nonimmigrant status to “green card” through I-130 Petition, Marriage-Based, and Adjustment of Status/”Green Card” for Wife from Canada to U.S. Citizenship

Dear Giselle – Thank you for your personal approach and responsiveness. We were delighted to have worked with you and recommend your services to others. We are also thankful that another lawyer referred us to you.

I-601, Extreme Hardship Waiver, approval for United Kingdom national married to United States Citizen

We are just beyond happy and cannot thank you enough. We never would have won this case without you. I was also shocked at the short timeframe of the approval. We had resigned ourselves to the fact that we may not know anything for another year. We will give you the highest recommendations.

I-129, E-2 Petition, Investor Visa Status, from small business owner from Colombia

The Marks Gray immigration team is excellent. I found them to be knowledgeable, accessible and personally invested in the successful and prompt approval of my case. Because of their work, I am living my dream of running my own business in the U.S. I would definitely recommend them to others.

N-400, Application resulting in successful naturalization of French National

Giselle and Thyra, her immigration specialist, provide excellent service. I was very happy to work with them. I am a proud American citizen because of their help.

Successful immigration process from TN nurse status to “green card” through I-130 Petition, Marriage-Based, and Adjustment of Status/”Green Card” for Wife from Canada to U.S. Citizenship

From the very first visit to Marks Gray, I felt secure and trusting. You were there when I needed someone to take charge and to guide me. Your warm and kind approach compliment your professional and prompt immigration services. Thank you for everything.

EB-1 Green Card for Outstanding Professors and Researchers

5.0 stars

Posted by Florin  
July 15, 2017

I cannot be more grateful for Giselle and her team’s outstanding work with my green card application in the EB-1 Preference for Outstanding Professors and Researchers. Giselle was always available to address all my concerns, and her strong motivation contributed significantly to the successful outcome of my case. Her dedication and professionalism are impressive. She, together with her team members Thyra and Lisa, prepared a very strong petition highlighting the contributions of my research work in the field of condensed matter-material physics, my international recognition, publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as current employer’s need for my services as a professor of physics.

Thank you so very much for your team’s outstanding work with this pivotal green card matter!

I would strongly recommend Giselle to anyone that needs help with an immigration issue.

I-140 Immigrant Petition followed by a successful Green Card

5.0 stars

Posted by Melo and Jaz Sorita  
June 20, 2017

Atty. Carson and her Immigration Team made us feel comfortable and welcome the very first minute we came to their office. […] Her legal team is very organized, highly efficient, and truly dedicated in their work to get us our immigration documents processed and approved the fastest way possible. […]

Atty. Giselle and her team are a great blessing to us indeed. They are not only the best at what they do, but also — and most importantly — they treated us as family.

L-1B followed by a successful L1-A

5.0 stars 
Posted by 
Jean  
June 17, 2017

Giselle and her team successfully helped me get an L1-B visa in 2015. 2 weeks ago, they did it again by having my L1-B upgraded to a L1-A which will create a strong path to get my green card.

Giselle and her team were always there for us during and after the whole process. There is no way I can describe the feeling I had when my approval notice came in the mail. Looking forward to work with the team in the near future. Thanks for all you do.

P-1 Approval for Professional Soccer Player from Argentina followed by an Adjustment of Status/“Green Card”

5.0 stars 
Posted by 
Lucas and Family 
June 6, 2017

Almost three years ago I landed with my wife at Jacksonville to start a new stage in my life as a professional soccer player. […] We found the best advice possible with Giselle and her team at Marks Gray. The entire process was successful thanks to excellent teamwork.  […]

Thank you, Giselle, for all your time invested in making our dreams of building a life here come true.

 

P-1 Approval for Professional Tennis Player from Ireland followed by an I-140 petition

5.0 stars 
Posted by Justin  
June 3, 2017

I started working with Giselle and her immigration team about 5 years ago. I was referred to Giselle by a friend of mine who was another very happy client.  
[…] [S]he successfully helped me, a professional athlete, and my sponsor obtain a P1 visa. […]  Giselle is also currently helping me with my green card process to become a permanent resident.   Her and her team are extremely experienced and dedicated to helping all clients meet their goals.   The visa process can be complicated at times but Giselle and her team always take the time to reply to any questions right away. […] 

Cannot thank Giselle and her team enough for what they have done for me! They are amazing!

Complex H-1B transfer approval followed by successful I-140 petition for professional Solutions Architect from India

5.0 stars 
Posted by 
Ram  
May 6, 2017

I have been working with Giselle Carson and her immigration team for a few years and it has been a privilege. She successfully guided and supported us through complex and frustrating immigration challenges, which I will never forget in my life. She responded to questions promptly and educated me and my employer with all possible options. She and her team clearly and effectively worked with us through a difficult H1B extension beyond six years, PERM labor certification and I140 approvals. The services of the Marks Gray Immigration team are not cheap but the value of what you receive is so much more than what they charge. As a result of their work, the course of my life has changed and I have more control of my future.

My sincere thanks and gratitude to Giselle and her team for providing such fantastic services.

Elaborate H-1B transfer from consulting company followed by successful “green card” status

5.0 stars 
Posted by 
KGordon  
April 27, 2017

A few years ago I was on an H-1B Visa working for a consulting company. The company hired bargain, disengaged lawyers with whom I never met to file for my Green Card. These lawyers botched my application resulting in a slew of complications which would have resulted in me having to leave the country permanently were it not for Giselle. I switched companies and lawyers and Giselle personally worked with me and my new employer to transfer my H-1B, resolve the issues from the previous filing, and submit a proper filing for my Green Card.

Throughout the re-filing process, I was in constant contact with Giselle and her team which was extremely reassuring given the potential for a dire outcome. My Green Card was eventually approved and Giselle then filed for my spouse’s. Giselle also worked with my brother, my cousin, and their respective employers to file their H-1B’s.

I entrusted Giselle with shepherding me through one of the most precarious situations of my life and she came through. I will forever be grateful to Giselle and the team at Marks Gray.

O-1 approval for business executive followed by a successful “green card” status

5.0 stars 
Posted by Tulio Villarreal Pulido  
April 26, 2017

I have mixed feelings now that all the process of obtaining our permanent residence documentation is over. I will miss exchanging emails and follow up call from Giselle and her very professional and warm immigration team.

“From day one […] there was always a structured format/process to follow but very simple at the same time […] that would not impose a heavy load of tasks on my side or that would affect my work or other activities. 

Effective and clear communications, reasonable expectations of the success of the process, but always with the comfort […] that we were in the right hands.

Thank you very much for your professional, supportive and sincere efforts that have made the privilege of obtaining an employment green card possible for me and my family!” 

I-140 Schedule A for registered nurse followed by a successful “green card” status

5.0 stars  
Posted by Maria  
March 29, 2017

Attorney Giselle Carson of Marks Gray P.A. and her amazing team whom I call “angels” are an absolute pleasure and honour to work with. I feel so very blessed for having them represent myself and my employer. They never gave up on me and from the start, they prepared a strong air tight application on my behalf which benefited my case greatly.

I have had a very long journey with my immigration to U.S.A. due to my country of birth being oversubscribed. It has taken “8 years” before my visa number became available. I never thought it would happen… Once it did, they were there to guide me step by step and Giselle and her team Thyra Reveron and Lisa Grosskruger-Edler are so knowledgeable with their immigration expertise that I was always at ease with every step that we had to take.

They are so friendly and approachable even when we had the 16 hour time difference any questions I had, they answered them as soon as they were able to.

How do you thank a fantastic team of angels when they have changed your life forever?.. there are no words to express it but know that I am forever grateful to Giselle Carson, Lisa Grosskruger-Edler and Thyra Reveron and the whole of Marks Gray team. You have changed my future.

I encourage others needing business immigration legal assistance to reach out to Giselle and her team. Her clients are lucky to have them. To the Marks Gray Immigration Team, I say – Keep up the amazing work you ladies do! You are simply amazing.

Successful I-130 petition and Adjustment of Status Process and Naturalization

5.0 stars
Posted by Leandra  
February 2, 2017

Giselle help me to conquer my dreams, something that I thought it was impossible! The best immigration lawyer ever!