Immigration Blog

Yearly Archives from 2019

Energized and Grateful!

We always feel so energized by our incredibly thoughtful clients. This kind and surprising card is just one example. We appreciate you being with us on this journey! Thank you!

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Is a New H-1B Registration System Really Coming Next Year?

Short answer: maybe? Rumors have been swirling for a little while now that USCIS will have a new electronic registration system for H-1B applications starting in the FY2021 cap filing season.  But USCIS hasn’t confirmed anything. So AILA, along with 14 business, higher education, and HR associations, sent a letter to USCIS asking for clarity on the issue.  Their response?  According to The Mercury News, Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Director of USCIS, said that ultimately the […]

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Tips to Complete Form I-983 for the F-1 STEM OPT Extension

Are you an employer of a future STEM OPT student or a future STEM OPT student? Here are tips for completing the required Form I-983 and the training plan. Read on.

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ICE Is Conducting STEM OPT Visits

The ICE visit is typically announced via email to the managers who oversee STEM OPT workers. The email gives two days’ notice that ICE will be making a site visit. Typically, these visits have been taking around one to two hours, with an ICE officer questioning both the employer and any student workers. Things you should be prepared to talk about include: How the STEM OPT employee’s salary was determined What makes this a valid […]

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Attorney Crystal Broughan Appointed to the INTA’s Anti-counterfeiting Committee

Marks Gray attorney Crystal Broughan was appointed to the International Trademark Association’s Anti-counterfeiting Committee for a two-year term January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021. The Antercounterfeiting Committee develops and advocates INTA’s policy regarding anti-counterfeiting and enforcement issues. The committee monitors developments in treaties, legislation, regulations and other enforcement mechanisms in various jurisdictions, conduct analysis and proposes policy recommendations to the INTA Board. The committee members draft and submit reports, interact with anti-counterfeiting organizations worldwide […]

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Appeals Court Strikes Florida County Prayer Policy

“Secular invocations . . . from any organization whose precepts, tenets or principles espouse or promote reason, science, environmental factors, nature or ethics as guiding forces…must be placed on the Public Comment section of the secular business agenda.  Pre-meeting invocations shall continue to be delivered by persons from the faith-based community . . .” If this recent local government policy makes you bristle, then you already have a good understanding of the Establishment Clause, a […]

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