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Yearly Archives from 2014

November Visa Bulletin

There was slight forward movement in most categories, except the employment-based, second preference India category, which retrogressed from May 1, 2009 to February 15, 2005. The Visa Bulletin also included notes on potential visa availability in the coming months. To read the entire bulletin, click here.

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Can the Beneficiary of an I-140 Petition Challenge its Revocation?

According to a decision by the 11th District Court of Appeals (DCA), the answer is Yes. This is an important decision because USCIS’ revocation of an I-140 may lead to the denial of the beneficiary’s application for adjustment of status (AOS) and typically the beneficiary does not receive notice of the I-140 revocation. In this case, the beneficiary had an approved I-140 filed by his employer. In August 2007, he applied for AOS.  In April […]

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Military Accessions in the National Interest – A Direct Path to Citizenship

The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program has been renewed through 2015. The program allows certain branches of the U.S. military to hire legal non-immigrants, such as international students and those granted deferred action, whose skills are deemed vital to the national interest.  Vital skills include fluency in certain high-priority languages – from Albanian to Yoruba – or holding certain medical degrees such as dentists, surgeons, psychiatrists and other health professionals. An Army’s study of […]

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USCIS Provides Needed Guidance on H-3 Nonimmigrant Trainees

The H-3 nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to petition for foreign nationals to come to the U.S. on a temporary basis for up to two years to receive training in a specific field. Considering the current lack of new H-1B visas, the H-3 is a good alternative for certain employers to bring qualified workers to the U.S. Over time, USICS has issued multiples guidances on the requirements to apply for H-3 status. The current guidance consolidates all previous […]

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Attorney William M. Corley Becomes A Certified Civil Court Mediator

(JACKSONVILLE, FLA: October 7, 2014) Marks Gray, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorney William M. Corley is now a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator. This certification establishes standards of training and experience by which practitioners can mediate court-referred cases. Mr. Corley has been practicing law with Marks Gray for thirty-two years. He has represented clients in all areas of civil litigation and has specialized in motor vehicle, premise liability, and product liability […]

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Shareholder Edward L. Birk Moderates Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee

On September 22 and 23, Marks Gray’s Ed Birk participated in the Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee’s 25th annual Reporters Workshop at the Supreme Court of Florida.  As chair of committee, Ed attended the annual media awards ceremony conducted at dinner on Monday night at the top of Capitol. During dinner, he sat with Chief Justice George Labarga and Bar President Gregory Coleman, as well as several recipients of the media awards and […]

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