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Monthly Archives from June 2011

Sections of Georgia’s new immigration law blocked but not the required use of E-Verify

A federal judge blocked sections of Georgia’s HB 87, a law targeting illegal immigration, including a provision that authorized police to check the immigration status of suspects without proper identification and to detain illegal immigrants.  However, most of the bill remains intact including  a requirement that employers  with 10 or more employees check the  employment eligibility of new hires using E-Verify.  This requirement will be implemented in stages starting January 1, 2012.  Employers should try to remain informed of the requirements of the growing number of immigration related state laws.   CNN […]

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New E-Verify Bill Introduced to the House

Representative and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2164) last week, which would make E-Verify mandatory for most employers. The bill would also eliminate paper I-9s, making worker eligibility authorization entirely electronic. The plan is to gradually phase in E-Verify and phase out I-9s to give employers time to adapt to the new system. Click here to read the press release from the House Judiciary.  

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Fourteen Marks Gray Attorneys Have Been Named In 2011 Florida Super Lawyers And Rising Stars Listings.

Marks Gray is proud to announce that attorneys Marianne Aho, Jeptha Barbour,William Corley, John Crawford, Susan Erdelyi, Allison H. Hauser, Frederick Kent, III, Nicholas Pulignano, Jr., and Gerald Weedon, have each been named by Florida Super Lawyers® magazine as one of the top attorneys in Florida. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are designated as Super Lawyers. Additionally, five Marks Gray attorneys, Michael Bittner, Giselle Carson,Michael Kendall, Meagan Logan, and Michael McCoy, were named to the magazine’s Rising Stars list for 2011. Each year, Super […]

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Just released….updated E-Verify interface with useful changes!

This weekend USCIS unveiled an updated version of E-Verify. The new interface will allow employers to enter a greater variety of US Passport and Visa numbers; to include future hire dates; and to select List B and C documents more efficiently. Let me know how the new changes works for you. Click the link below for more info. USCIS – E-Verify

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USCIS educates public on immigration scams!

USCIS  has introduced a proactive initiative to help educate individuals on how to avoid scams in the immigration law community. All too often those in need of advice and legal assistance seek the help of so called “experts” who are not licensed to practice law, and those individuals in turn suffer heavy consequences. From deportation, to unnecessary fees and processing delays, the pitfalls of these scams are devastating. USCIS has included online educational resources to help recognize these scams and how […]

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