Marks Gray Immigration Bulletin - November 2016
Marks Gray Immigration Bulletin

Hello, and Welcome to our November Immigration Update.

In this month’s e-newsletter, we cover the New “Smart" I-9 Form, what you should know about it, and opportunities for you to get ready to successfully and efficiently implement this form in your hiring process. We can help you! See my invitation to learn more about this form.
We are also thrilled to share with you another of our business immigration EB-1 green card success stories.  We are very happy to have been able to change the life and future of this extraordinary family from Venezuela and contribute to the achievement of his employer. 

It's hard to believe that 2017 is almost upon us! Many of us will be making New Year's resolutions. Below, I share my article in making and keeping my New Year's resolutions and maintaining focus for 144.6 miles as I raced Ironman Chattanooga in September.

Thank you for your readership, support, and referrals. 
To stay updated on current immigration issues, we invite you to visit our blog.


Giselle Carson Signature
Giselle Carson

Thank you to YOU!

In this month of gratitude, we give thanks for YOU! We value your smiles, kind notes, partnership and appreciate your confidence in us. Counting you among our partners is something for which we are especially grateful. On behalf of Marks Gray Immigration Team, I wish you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Employer Alert: The New "Smart" I-9; What Employers Should Know About the New Form

As we have been posting, USCIS has been working on a new Form I-9.  USCIS has finally announced that it will publish the new Form I-9 on their website on or before November 22, 2016.  

DHS is proposing a 2-month grace period for employers to learn and roll-out the new form into their hiring process. Employers might continue to use the current form during this grace period but need to be ready to start using the new Form I-9 on January 22, 2017. 

The new “smart” Form I-9 includes several features that should minimize certain errors such as flyover instructions, dropdown boxes and validations. The form comes with 15 pages of instructions.
As with any new implementation, employers should plan to learn about the new form, review their current I-9 compliance and completion procedures and ensure that they are ready to implement the new Form I-9 as required. Our prior updates can be found
here. For additional information about the new Form I-9, check out our blog here.


You're Invited! SHRM Annual Legal Update

I will be presenting at the Jax-SHRM Legal Update on December 1, 2016 about the new Form I-9 and steps you should take to improve compliance. I will be providing new Form I-9 presentations to our clients and community. We can help you get ready to implement and learn about the new I-9. Please send me or a member of our Immigration Team an email at with the subject line: Interested in Learning More about the New I-9.

Immigration Success Story: Employment Based EB-1

We’re continuing our series of Success stories with the highlights of the approval of an EB-1 green card for an International Customer & Product Support manager from Venezuela. To read the full success story, click here.

Election Day

With Donald Trump in office, we expect to see ongoing worksite enforcement on employment verification, particularly after the release of the New I-9 which contains a new QR code to facilitate audits.  We  expect to see increased scrutiny and restrictions on the immigration process. 

We need to remember that it is Congress and not the President which passes immigration laws. Our laws are influenced by the U.S. politics and economy, as well as world events.

Because there are so many factors at stake, sweeping immigration reform, at least initially, is unlikely. Our country will continue its’ tradition of providing a venue for a better, richer and fuller life.

To read more,visit our blog

My Tips on How to Maintain Focus and Your New Year's Resolutions 

"During the Ironman and the training, there were many times when the thought of quitting crossed my mind, but I quickly shut it down and kept moving forward because my ultimate passion was to do well."
Giselle Carson

Many of us will be making New Year’s resolutions. While making resolutions is the easy part, keeping your resolutions is hard.
At the beginning of this year, I set a goal that after I became past president of The Jacksonville Bar Association, I was going to dedicate some of the extra time and energy to race Ironman Chattanooga with the best fitness and preparation that I could achieve considering my ongoing busy schedule.


To continue reading, please visit the Jax Daily Record link for the full story!




Marks Gray Hosts ACC Social


Employer Alert: the new "Smart" I-9 to be released in November--WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW

You're Invited! SHRM Annual Legal Update

Immigration Success Story for Employment Based EB-1

Election Day Impact on Immigration Law

New Year's Resolution Tips


State Department Visa Bulletin: November 2016


New and Noteworthy

Yoga on the Lawn

To serve you better, the Marks Gray Immigration Team took the time to participate in a Zen-ful Yoga practice on Friday November 4th. Yoga on the Lawn takes place in front of the Duval County Courthouse and is organized by the Jacksonville Bar Association Health and Wellness Committee.

Marks Gray supporting JALA

On October 11th, five attorneys from Marks Gray and our Immigration Team member Lisa Grosskruger donated their time at "Estate Planning Intake Night" that is held at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid once a month. Marks Gray regularly takes part in events that support our community.
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