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Monthly Archives from February 2020

Honored to Celebrate 15 Years Working with Thyra Newby

Thyra Newby has been working with me at Marks Gray for 15 years, and we don’t know what we’d do without her. I’m both thankful and privileged to have such a dedicated, talented and caring rock star on our immigration team. Thank you, Thyra, and happy 15th work anniversary!

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Paparazzi Sues J-Lo for Posting Photo on Instagram

Jennifer Lopez recently shared a photo of herself and soon-to-be husband Alex Rodriguez holding hands in front of a New York restaurant. The problem? The photo did not belong to her.  Although we usually see celebrities suing the paparazzi, in an odd twist, the photographer who took the picture is the party filing suit this time. In fact, this isn’t the first time the “paps” have sued a celeb, and it certainly won’t be the […]

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New I-9 Form Now Available

The new Form I-9 was made available for use starting January 31, 2020, and employers can start using it now. However, you are not required to start using it until the grace period ends on May 1, 2020. Some of the general changes to note: USCIS website addresses have been updated Which documents are acceptable for Form I-9 has been clarified Who can act as an employer’s authorized representative has been clarified You can read […]

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USCIS Guidance on Retrogressed Green Card Applications

Over the last year, immigrant visas have gone back and forth between being available and retrogressing. There are still many unanswered questions as to what this situation means for Adjustment of Status applicants, but USCIS has finally provided some answers.  Some of the most important information USCIS has released includes: What information can a regressed applicant expect to receive after their interview? So long as the officer determines that the Form I-485 would be approved […]

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Travel Ban Now Affects Six Additional Countries

In 2017, President Trump placed an initial travel ban on seven countries. See our prior coverage of the travel ban. On January 31 of this year, he released another Proclamation, expanding the travel ban to six additional countries: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. This expansion will go into effect on February 21, 2020. The total number of countries now on the restricted travel list stands at 13. This ban places visa and entry […]

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How to Improve Your Chances with the New H-1B Cap Registration Process

There’s a new H-1B cap registration process this year, and it’s starting soon. We’re staying alert to changes. And we’re sharing with you key dates, tips, insights, and tools to help improve your chances of success and make the process run as smoothly as possible. If you have employees who need a cap-subject H-1B visa to work or if you’re a foreign student who needs a cap-subject H-1B visa to work, now’s the time to […]

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