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Monthly Archives from February 2014

Attorney Jill F. Bechtold featured in the Florida Times Union for the launch of G.I.R.L.S.

Marks Gray attorney and Girls, Inc. President Jill Bechtold was featured in Tuesday, February 18th edition of the Florida Times Union. The article featured the launch of the young professionals division of Girls, Inc., named G.I.R.L.S. The division was created to increase awareness of Girls, Inc. and, most importantly, inspire each young member to be strong, smart and bold. To read the entire article, click here

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Immigration Update, February 2014

Lead Immigration attorney, Giselle Carson, publishes the February 2014, Immigration Update.  In it she suggests that those interested in obtaining an H-1 Visa, get their pencils sharpened and start the process now. Click here to read more    

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Attorney Jill Bechtold Featured in Florida Times Union

Marks Gray, P.A.  Of Counsel and Girls, Inc. President Jill Bechtold was featured in the Florida Times Union for creating and establishing the organization’s first young professional division, G.I.R.L.S. (Girls Inc. Rising Leaders Society). This division focuses on engaging new members in fundraising and service projects while strengthening the member’s community ties both now and for the future. The division was created to increase awareness of Girls, Inc. and, most importantly, inspire each young member to […]

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Update on Immigration Reform

Despite the release of the House’s Principles on Immigration Reform, we don’t expect much meaningful action on this matter until the spring and summer of 2014, when most GOP primaries will be finished.  Thereafter, the released GOP standards for immigration reform are likely to continue to progress.  The proposed step-by-step approach proposed by the House includes: successfully securing borders; the full implementation of an entry-exit system; a ‘zero tolerance’ for those who cross the border illegally […]

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USCIS Revises Application for Naturalization

The new form is significantly different and longer – an increase to 21 pages from 10 pages.  It includes more extensive questions about crimes, other bars to naturalization and the applicant’s parents.  There is a 90-day period to transition to the new form which becomes effective May 5th.  Eligible applicants should apply before the new form becomes effective or plan to spend a significant amount of time gathering information and completing the new application. It is of note, […]

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OSC Immigration Related Investigations and Settlements

In January, OSC settled two cases involving allegations of discrimination under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). In these cases, employers imposed additional hiring requirements for non-citizens. One of the cases arose out of a referral to OSC from the USCIS E-Verify Unit. Under the settlement agreements, the employers not only have to pay civil fines but they must also engage in a variety of additional requirements such as: identify and reach non-citizen applicants not considered […]

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