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Florida Supreme Court Decides Not to Weigh in on Release of Parkland Shooting Surveillance

When a tragedy like the Parkland shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School occurs, there tend to be two schools of thought where the release of information is concerned. On the one hand, Florida’s Public Records Act protects the rights of citizens and news organizations to access certain kinds of evidence and information to monitor how well government is functioning. On the other, governing and investigative bodies often have a vested interest in withholding some of […]

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Book Excerpt: What Is the L-1 Visa?

Giselle Carson discusses the L-1 visa in depth in her book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, available on Amazon.Here is a brief excerpt from the L-1 visa chapter. L-1 Visas are a useful and effective vehicle for multinational companies to establish or expand their presence in the U.S., and to bring in qualified personnel. For example, the owner or manager of a manufacturing company abroad […]

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Expect More Form I-9 Audits: Are You Ready?

A client who received an ICE visit recently said to me, “Giselle, I don’t want to see them here again. How can we best prepare?” As promised in October of 2017, throughout this year employers have experienced a ramping up of I-9 audits and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) visits. These audits have been carried out against employers both large and small. ICE has stated that it wants employers to expect I-9 audits to be […]

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Delays and RFEs for Forms I-765 and I-131

Yes, ongoing delays and RFEs ahead for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, as well as Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. As of September 2018, processing times at the National Benefits Center (NBC) for these forms were as follows: For I-765 applications based on pending I-485 adjustment of status applications: anywhere from 4.5 to 6.5 months. For all other I-765 applications for employment authorization: 5-7 months. For I-131 applications:5 to 6.5 months. For the […]

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An Arbitrary, Capricious, and Unlawful H-1B Extension Denial

Despite significant evidence that an Assistant Project Manager was a specialty occupation which required at a minimum a bachelor’s degree and sophisticated knowledge of construction systems, advanced project scheduling, cost estimation and analysis, information systems, and supply chain management, USCIS arbitrarily and unlawfully denied an employer’s H-1B extension petition. The employer is a major commercial construction company attempting to maintain its US-based workforce to continue to deliver projects of vital importance in the transportation, health, […]

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Appeals Court Says Fort Lauderdale Food Sharing Protected Under the First Amendment

Like many cities, Fort Lauderdale’s homeless population has grown in recent years, resulting in a two very different reactions. One is an attempt to reach out to the homeless community and offer help, as exemplified by the weekly meals at Stranahan Park offered by a group calling itself Food Not Bombs. At the same time, there is a feeling of frustration from visitors and local businesses over some aspects of the increasing homeless population. Cities […]

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