Immigration Blog

Yearly Archives from 2010

Leaked USCIS Memo Proposes Significant Improvements to Immigration Process

An internal memo leaked by sources at the USCIS reveal the immigration agency to be seeking ways to improve the immigration process, with or without Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).  The memo, addressed to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, outlines at least 18 suggestions for change in administrative policies and practices that could result in dramatic improvements in the immigration process.  It also includes recommendations regarding implementation timeframes and the resources necessary to make the proposed changes.  […]

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Arizona-like Immigration Law Proposed by Florida Attorney General

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has unveiled a proposed immigration reform bill modeled after Arizona’s controversial law.  Speaking to a group of voters, McCollum outlined his plan, stating his version of immigration reform goes further than the Arizona law as the bill would provide more tools for Florida judges and law enforcement dealing with undocumented foreign nationals.  Judges would be able to consider a foreign national’s legal status when ruling on a defendant’s bond and […]

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Changes to USCIS Website to Enhance User Experience

USCIS has announced redesigns to its website to enhance customer service and expand users’ access to case information.   The improvements were made from feedback received from internal and external stakeholders.  The most significant improvement is the addition of features for Spanish speaking customers, including a Spanish translation of the website,  Other enhancements include: The creation of an online inquiry tool for select forms which enables users to request status updates on their applications.  USCIS […]

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New Rules for I-9 Forms

The Department of Homeland Security has made some changes to the rules relating to creation and retention of electronic I-9s. The new rules clarify some employers’ concerns and could make the use of electronic I-9s more efficient. The rule, scheduled to take effect August 23, 2010, includes the following: Employers may use paper, electronic or a combination of paper and electronic storage systems; Employers may change electronic file storage systems as long as the new […]

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Tips to Applying for an L Visa

In today’s modern marketplace, businesses are expanding across the globe, often with branches or offices in many different countries.  Employers looking to transfer foreign employees within the company from an office abroad to the United States might wish to take advantage of the L-1A or L-1B visas.  Below are some things you should know as you navigate the L Visa process.  Employees applying for an L-1 visa must have worked for a related company abroad for […]

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— Jeptha F. Barbour and Marianne Lloyd Aho appeared among a select group of Florida attorneys in the Florida Trend Magazine’s2010 Florida Legal Elite

Jeptha F. Barbour and Marianne Lloyd Aho, shareholders at Marks Gray, appeared among a select group of Florida attorneys in the Florida Trend Magazine’s2010 Florida Legal Elite. Both Mr. Barbour and Ms. Aho were listed in the Civil Trial Category.   The Florida Legal Elite represents less than 2% of the practicing Florida Bar members in Florida. Attorneys are chosen by their peers for inclusion on this list.

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