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Yearly Archives from 2016

Immigration Success Story: I-140 for Advanced Degree Professionals

Employment-Based Green Card for Orthopedic Surgeon from Canada The Marks Gray Immigration Team regularly helps clients with I-140 Petitions for Advanced Degree Professionals. This month, we are highlighting a success story of an orthopedic surgeon from Canada. After receiving his approval, our client said: I want to take the opportunity to thank you guys for the great progress made this year toward my green card. I look forward to continue working with you on the next […]

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It’s Never Too Early to Start Preparing for H-1B Cap Cases…

… particularly for employers filing an H-1B for the first time. Due to the limited number of new H-1B visas and their high demand, USCIS typically only accepts new H-1B filings for five business days starting April 1st. These H-1B case filings must include a certified Labor Condition Applications (LCA).

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Happy Travels – Tips for a Stress Free Admission to the U.S.

As we approach the holidays and more people travel, it is very important to make sure that you check your I-94 Arrival/ Departure Form every time you enter the United States.  Checking your I-94 form is easy and you can do it online.  It only requires a few minutes and your passport information.  You can download your I-94 Form here. Unfortunately, there is a high rate of error on the admission records. It is important […]

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Preparing for the Reengineering of U.S. Immigration under the Trump Administration

The 2016 presidential election results will have a significant impact in the direction of various employer-related matters, such as health plans, taxes, paid leave, and immigration policy. It remains to be seen whether a Trump administration will actively pursue many of the immigration campaign promises.  Any significant undertakings, such as building a physical wall on the southern border, conducting extreme vetting of certain foreigners, or deporting 11 million undocumented people, will require time, debates and […]

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Employer Fines of $75,600 Relating to I-9 Violations Upheld

In Buffalo Transportation, Inc. v. USA, the 2nd U.S. Cir. Court of Appeals upheld $75,600 in civil penalties assessed by the Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) in an I-9 case. ICE audited the I-9 forms of this employer and found 138 substantive I-9 violations.  The main violations related to failing to properly prepare or present Forms I-9 or failing to complete the I-9s timely (within three days of hiring). ICE levied fines of $935 for each […]

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Employers: An Expired Employment Authorization Document Might Become a Commonly Accepted List A Document for Form I-9

USCIS has published a new rule which aims to improve certain aspects of employment-based immigration. This rule will automatically extend the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs or Form I-766) for certain individuals who apply on time to renew their EADs in the same employment eligibility category.

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