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Monthly Archives from January 2015

January 2015 Immigration Update

Marks Gray shareholder and lead immigration attorney, Giselle Carson publishes the first newsletter of 2015. Click here to read the details on Obamas Executive Action order, easier visa processing for Canadians and Best Life Tips for 2015!

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Mexicans can now obtain copies of their Birth Certificates in the U.S.

To obtain certified copies of their birth certificates, Mexican nationals should visit the nearest Mexican consulate in the U.S. They will need to present an official proof of identity, fill out an application and pay a fee of $13 per certified copy, and, if they have it, provide their Clave Única de Registro de Población (CURP). This is a tremendous benefit to the millions of Mexican citizens living in the U.S. that might need copies […]

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It is Time to Start Planning for New H-1B Visa Filings!

The USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions, that are subject to the FY2016 cap, on April 1, 2015. The demand for new H-1B visas is expected to be higher than last year, when the demand for H-1B visas exceeded their availability. Last year, the USCIS conducted a computer-generated lottery to select     FY2015 H-1B petitions for processing. The USCIS received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions for the allotted 85,000 cap-subject H-1B spots.   After the 20,000 U.S. advanced-degree cases were selected, […]

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A New Year, A New You!

Best Life Tips: 10 Tips to Reboot Your Life in 2015 and Beyond… Are you living your life in the present? Loving, connecting and enjoying every minute of it? Seneca, a Roman Philosopher and Statesman, said “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were […]

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Canadian E Visa Process is made Easier

In response to demands from business leaders, the DOS recently streamlined the process to renew E visa applications for Canadians.  Companies registered with the U.S. Consulate General’s E-visa unit in Canada can schedule appointments for their qualifying employees within a few days. The renewal process does not require a re-submission of the entire package of information about the company, only documentation related to the qualification of the employee.  The new procedures will allow easier and […]

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Will the President’s Executive Action have an Impact on Priority Dates?

At this time, the President’s executive action is not expected to have a significant impact on the priority date cut-off movement.  The President outlined broad plans for modernization and pre-registration of the adjustment of status (AOS) applicants whose priority dates are not current. His plan is to limited to pre-registration filings with the USCIS and would not render the applicants eligible for an immediate “green card.” The plan proposes to “Modernize the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa System” and […]

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