Immigration Blog

Upcoming Extension of the Form I-9

USCIS has proposed an extension of the Form I-9, which will otherwise expire on August 31, 2019. The public comment period ended on July 5. And the extension is expected to go ahead as planned. Read USCIS’s Announcement.

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Supreme Court Rules Brunetti Has Right to Register Scandalous Trademark

We have been following the story of the trademark application for FUCT that was originally filed with the USPTO in May 2011, in Class 25 for clothing, all the way to the US Supreme Court.  Erik Brunetti, the owner of the trademark FUCT, challenged the constitutionality of the scandalous clause in the Lanham Act which was used by the USPTO to deny the registration of his trademark.  On June 24, the Supreme Court finally made […]

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Happy 4th of July from the Marks Gray Immigration Team!

Red, White, and You! Learning about your options empowers you to achieve your goals.   That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide you with practical and timely immigration information.    Thank you for your readership and partnership… and Happy 4th of July! – Your Marks Gray Immigration Team

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Foreign Trademark Applicants and Registrants Now Required to Have US-Licensed Attorneys

On July 2, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new rule for applicants, registrants, and parties who live outside the country. They must be represented by a US-licensed attorney for filing applications and all activity with the USPTO and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings starting August 3, 2019.  This rule was created in an effort to reduce inaccurate and fraudulent trademark filings by foreign parties. In a USPTO press […]

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How to Verify the Work Authorization of Your F-1 Cap-Gap Students

For Form I-9 purposes, the following documents can serve as evidence of work authorization for cap-gap students: Expired EADs and Form I-20s endorsed by DSO recommending the cap-gap extension.  These are acceptable through September 30 during the year the H-1B petition was filed. The cap-gap period extends an eligible F-1 student’s status to bridge the time between the end of F-1 status and start of H-1B status. Download an example of how to verify cap-gap […]

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Visa Applications Now Require Social Media Info

The Department of State has updated application forms for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to include requests for additional information, including emails, phone numbers, and social media identifiers.  Applicants must now submit any usernames used on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, Weibo, and other social media over the past 5 years. Previously, this information was only sought in situations where additional scrutiny was warranted, such as with individuals who traveled to terrorist-controlled areas. We believe that […]

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