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Monthly Archives from September 2010

Marks Gray shareholder Giselle Carson was invited by the Jacksonville Jaguars

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, Marks Gray shareholder Giselle Carson was invited by the Jacksonville Jaguars to be on the field during the coin toss at the opening of the September 26th game versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

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E-Verify Updates

A recent meeting between immigration lawyers and representatives of the USCIS Verification Division provided some important updates on the E-Verify system. The Office of Special Counsel and E-Verify have signed an MOU to formalize information sharing between the two agencies.  As a result, the OSC has increased its role in the enforcement of E-Verify policies, specifically regarding discrimination and employer use of the online employment verification system. E-Verify is particularly monitoring employers with high numbers […]

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Outlook for Federal Immigration Reform

With the November elections approaching, the likelihood for comprehensive federal immigration reform is unfortunately minimal to non existent.  For the remainder of the year, and possibly for sometime after, we anticipate immigration reform taking a back seat to other hot button issues.  In the meantime, States continue to introduce their own immigration legislations and the need for a national reform remains high. While a comprehensive immigration reform remains the preferred outcome, a more practical approach […]

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Unauthorized Immigration Down Sharply

The Pew Center for Hispanic Research reported in September that the annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants to the U.S. was down significantly from March 2007 to March 2009 when compared to the same period from 2000 to 2005.  This decrease resulted in an 8% reduction in the number of undocumented foreign nationals living in the U.S. from a peak of 12 million in 2007 to 11.1 million in 2009.  Of the 11.1 million, 60% are […]

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New Rules for I-9 Verifications Involving Puerto Rico Birth Certificates

In July, the Vital Statistics Office of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico began issuing new, more secure certified copies of birth certificates to U.S. citizens born in the territory.  Any certified copies of birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010 will become invalid at the end of September and cannot be used to verify employment authorization.  The new law does not affect the citizenship status of individuals born in Puerto Rico. Therefore, through September […]

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New Fees in Effect for Some H1-B and L Visas

Petitioning employers who employ 50 or more workers in the United States with more than half of those employees being H1-B or L visa holders are now having to pay higher filing fees of $2,000 for H1-B petitions and $2,500 for L visa petitions. The fee increase is part of a new border security bill signed into law on August 13 and will remain in effect until September 30, 2014.  Petitions postmarked on or after […]

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