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Monthly Archives from January 2014

Attorney Giselle Carson Recognized For The New Website

Committee Chair and Marks Gray, P.A. attorney Giselle Carson was thanked by the President of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Braxton Gillam. Mr. Gillam acknowledged Giselle Carson in a front page article of the Jacksonville Bar Bulletin and Daily Record. Click here to view article. Mr. Gillam states, “ Please join me in thanking Giselle Carson, her committee and all of The Bar staff for their tireless efforts in bringing the new website to fruition. Giselle […]

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Immigration Update, January 2014

Lead immigration attorney, Giselle Carson, publishes the first Immigration Update of 2013. She provides a recap of the top immigration stories from 2013 and a summary of what may happen, or may not happen, in 2014.

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Marks Gray Attorney, Jill F. Bechtold Receives AV Rating From Peers

Marks Gray is pleased to announce that attorney Jill F. Bechtold received an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell. According to the Martindale-Hubbell® website, the “Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ help buyers of legal services identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task at hand. Lawyer ratings serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability and are used by buyers of legal services to justify […]

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DHS Recognizes Same Sex Marriage

After many years of resistance, DHS quickly moved to adjudicate same-sex marriage petitions after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor (2013) to strike the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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The Government Shutdown

Last year’s 16-day federal government shutdown led to significant delays and interruption in immigration services. Specifically, internet-based E-Verify, filing labor conditions applications and permanent labor certifications. As a result, delays in adjudications are still being experienced.

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The End of the Paper Form I-94

In April, CBP implemented an electronic Form I-94 processing for foreign nationals arriving in the U.S. via air and sea. Only foreign nationals arriving at a land border are now issued paper I-94’s. Foreign nationals affected by this change are receiving a passport entry stamp instead of the paper I-94 and are expected to retrieve their electronic I-94 record of admission at

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