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Monthly Archives from March 2010

H-1B updates

Ports of Entry and H-1B If you are an H-1B holder (or holder of another employment-based visa) or if you employ H-1B employees ensure that you, or your employee, keep evidence of current immigration status and employment verification documents on hand when traveling outside the United States. These documents include employment letter confirmation, pay stubs and approval notice. Ports of entry into the U.S. are closely reviewing documentation for those individuals with employment-based visas. Filing […]

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DOS announces increased fees

A new fee structure has been announced by the Department of State for cases that are processed at U.S. embassies and consulates. The current fee is a flat rate of $355 per person plus a machine readable visa fee of $45 (for a total of $400) for employment or family-based Immigrant Visas. In the new four-tiered system, family-based visas would be relatively unchanged at $330 plus $45, but employment-based visa processing would jump to $720 […]

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Identity fraud may be difficult with E-Verify

USCIS released an overview of an independent party’s analysis of the E-Verify system. Key findings in the survey and study, conducted by a third party (Westat), are listed below. One of the major key findings was that identity fraud detection may be difficult with E-Verify when sifting through the unauthorized worker list. Key findings: Overall, 96% of initial E-Verify responses aligned with the work authorization status of the person Of all E-Verify queries, 6.2% are […]

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Audit notices served to 180 businesses

Businesses in five states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee) have been issued Notices of Inspection (NOIs) by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). These notices preface an inspection by ICE to determine if each business is complying with regulations and rules governing employment verification. Part of this inspection deals with inspecting the I-9 forms that each business is required to keep on each employee in its workforce. These NOIs demonstrate the government’s emphasis on […]

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Intending to visit Mexico for business or work? Read on…

As of May 1, 2010, Mexico will institute new processing requirements for each immigration category. Some of the most relevant changes include: All migratory forms for tourists, business visitors and technical visitors with lucrative activities, who intend to stay in Mexico for up to 180 days, will be replaced by a single “FMM” form (“Forma Migratoria Multiple”) The recipient of the FMM will be classified as either Business (Visitante Persona de Negocios); Visitor with Lucrative […]

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Gerald W. Weedon and Nicholas V. Pulignano, Jr. were both listed in the 2010 Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel edition under Business Litigation

Shareholders Gerald W. Weedon and Nicholas V. Pulignano, Jr. were both listed in the 2010 Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel edition under Business Litigation.  Marks Gray has a robust business and corporate law practice group that is spearheaded by Mr. Weedon and Mr. Pulignano.

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