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Monthly Archives from April 2012

Shareholder’s Jeptha F. Barbour And Gerald W. Weedon Named Best Lawyers 2012

Jeptha ‘Jep’ Barbour and Gerald ‘Jerry’ Weedon were noted in the April 2012 edition of Jacksonville Magazine’s Best Lawyers 2012. Mr. Barbour is listed under Medical Malpractice – Defendant, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation. Mr. Weedon’s practice areas are Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation. The list comes from the current edition of Best Lawyers in America. Inclusion on the Best Lawyers list is taken almost entirely from peer review.

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China-Mainland Born and India EB-2 Retrogression

The demand for China and India Employment Second preference numbers has increased and the priority date has been retrogressed to August 15, 2007.  The DOS has indicated that every effort will be made to return that cut-off date to the previously announced date of May 1, 2010.  EB-2 Visa applicants processing in April at consulates abroad will still receive visas, as those numbers were allocated before the cut-off date was established.   Once the immigrant visa […]

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H-1B’s: Come and Get’em Before They’re Gone!

Just days after USCIS began accepting H-1B visa applications for the 2013 fiscal year, 22,323 of the 65,000 cap had already been reached. This is nearly twice the number of petitions that were received at this same time last year. Though this application rate is always unpredictable, FY 2013 is especially active and if the trend continues, the cap will be reached much sooner than it was in recent years. It is recommended that employers […]

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Judges Who Preside Over Immigration Related Employer Sanctions Cases Have a New Chief

Robin M. Stutman, Esq. was appointed as the new Chief Administrative Hearing Officer of OCAHO.  Ms. Stutman had been  the agency’s former general counsel since 2009.  Previously, she worked for the DOJ as a special litigation counsel and trial attorney.  OCAHO is responsible for the supervision and management of judges who preside over hearings involving the IRCA, including employer sanctions, antidiscrimination and document fraud.  It is expected that Ms. Stutman’s legal experience in employment and […]

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Legally Married Same Sex Couples File Suit Over Denial of Spousal Immigration Benefits

The suit alleges violations of the Defense of Marriage Act and Equal Protection Rights. A 1996 immigration law prevents the government from recognizing same sex marriages and all of the benefits derived from a legal marriage, including a pathway to legal permanent residence via spousal relationship. This is an evolving area of law. To read the preliminary statement filed by the plaintiffs, click here.

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A New Look to USCIS’ Notice of Action Form

The new Form I-797C, Notice of Action, will be printed on plain bond paper which represents significant printing savings but also as important the form clearly states that “THIS NOTICE DOES NOT GRANT ANY IMMIGRATION STATUS OR BENEFIT” on the top of the form. All Notices of Action issued prior to today are still valid. To read more, click here.

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