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Yearly Archives from 2011

USCIS Issues Reminder to Foreign Students

Foreign Students Alert – Students who travel abroad during a cap-gap extension period may not return in F-1 status. They will not be able to return to the U.S. until they obtain an H-1B visa stamp at a consular post abroad. Therefore, the earliest they might reenter is 10 days prior October 1, 2011, and should plan to travel accordingly. For Q&A’s regarding this issue, click on the attached link. USCIS Q&As     

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USCIS Reminds Japanese Nationals Affected by Disaster of Immigration Benefits

USCIS has offered several extraordinary benefits to Japanese nationals affected by the earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear disasters that began last month. Extensions of status, certain grants of parole, expedited processing of forms and petitions and assistance to stranded LPRs who have lost their immigration documentation. To see an overview of these benefits, click the link below. USCIS News Release

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E-Verify Could Become Mandatory for All Employers in FL

E-Verify in Florida – The Florida House and Senate Judiciary Committees are working on bills that would require all employers in the state of Florida to verify their employees’ work eligibility status with the online tool E-Verify. An order signed by Governor Scott earlier this year currently requires all federal entities to use the system. The bills would also allow law enforcement to request identification documents during an arrest. To follow these bills, click the […]

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Secretary Napolitano Announces Launch of E-Verify Self-Check

Self Check! – In an ongoing effort to curtail the employment of unauthorized workers, DHS and the SSA have launched “E-Verify Self Check”, a program that allows workers and job seekers to check their employment authorization eligibility status with the government prior to or during their employment. Self Check is being rolled out gradually, only five states (not including Florida) and the DC are currently able to access this service. For more information see attached […]

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Marks Gray Shareholders Jep Barbour and Ed Birk recently participated in a civil hearing at the First Coastal School of Law, presided over by U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan.

Marks Gray Shareholders Jep Barbour and Ed Birk recently participated in a civil hearing at the First Coastal School of Law, presided over by U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan.  Our attorneys served as local counsel for the defendants in a  civil  hearing on cross motions for summary judgment in U.S. vs Franck’s Lab Inc. , an enforcement action against our client Franck’s by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Marks Gray attorneys worked with Judge Corrigan and his staff to ensure the success of this […]

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Marianne Aho, A Shareholder At Marks Gray, Was Recently Named Vice-chair Of The Florida Bar’s 4a Grievance Committee.

Marianne Aho, a Shareholder at Marks Gray,  was recently named Vice-Chair of The Florida Bar’s 4A Grievance Committee.   The committee investigates complaints against attorneys and determines whether probable cause exists for alleged bar rule violations warranting trial or other disposition.  The Grievance Committee procedure is a crucial part of regulating attorneys by the Florida Bar. Ms. Aho has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1990.

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