Immigration Blog

H-1B Cap Lottery Results Being Released

The H-1B cap lottery results FY2021 are being released. But what does that mean? Will you know immediately if you were selected? What if you were not selected? The majority of those who have been selected for an H-1B cap visa this year will likely know by March 31 if they were selected. However, USCIS has indicated that beneficiaries not chosen in the initial selection will remain in consideration for selection until the end of […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Here are a few additional resources for COVID-19 updates: U.S. Department of State – COVID-19 Information U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Florida Department of Health – COVID-19

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Marks Gray Will Be “Working from Home”

The team at Marks Gray is taking the Coronavirus precautions, advisories and orders very seriously to protect the health and safety of our team, clients and community. To comply with the Mayor of Jacksonville’s work-from-home order made this week, the Marks Gray team has moved to remote work except for critical, on-site staff. We are thankful to report that we have no known cases of the virus among our staff, and we continue to take […]

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Special Announcement: US Copyright Registration Fee Changes

The United States Copyright Office (USCO) has announced a new fee schedule that went into effect on Friday, March 20, 2020. This follows a comprehensive cost study, an evaluation of budget requirements, and a review of previous proposals and public commentary. The changes are an attempt by the USCO to balance its expenses. Not all fees increased. Some decreased. And some, like group applications for photos, have remained the same. The most widely-affected cross-section of […]

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USCIS Office Closures

USCIS suspended in-person services at field offices until at least April 1. This will impact and further delay Biometric (fingerprinting) appointments, Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) and Advance Parole (travel document) adjudications, Green Card and Naturalization interviews, Naturalization Ceremonies, and more. Learn more. If you have questions about this change, please reach out to the Marks Gray Immigration Team for assistance.

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Just Announced Flexibility for In-Person I-9 Verification

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security used its discretionary authority to allow flexibility for the in-person Form I-9 verification requirements. Here is what you need to know. Who Is Eligible for This Flexibility? If you’re an employer practicing social distancing because of the pandemic, you can now remotely review new hires identity and employment authorization documents. This flexibility only applies to employees working remotely. If the employee is physically present at […]

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