Immigration Bulletin

Giselle Carson, Esq. - Shareholder - Business Immigration Attorney
904-398-0900 -


Overcoming Challenges with Acceptance and Focus.

Almost every day now, our clients receive an unreasonable Request for Additional Evidence (RFE) from USCIS. Or we are strategizing with an employer about a heartbreaking situation with a qualified, talented, hardworking individual who didn’t get a work visa. And we’re all puzzled as to how to continue to stay upbeat. How are others handling these distressing situations?

As we move through this blizzard of bureaucratic immigration barriers, we are partnering with our clients to accept the challenge, learn from the experience, and embrace an alternative positive solution. We’re taking these challenges as opportunities to grow, become better as a team, and have the best impact on our clients' goals and our world.

Accepting the challenges, celebrating the successes, and staying focused on positive options gives us and our clients the strength and optimism we need to move forward. We value our clients’ partnership and the opportunity to positively communicate with them about the new processes, educate them about the changes, and empower them with solutions.
In this newsletter, we share several articles to help you stay informed and compliant: an update about the FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions, guidance about the F-1 OPT work authorization verification, and news about the latest immigration reform proposal from the President. You can also read about what the Marks Gray immigration team has been up to in our community, professionally and personally.

 As always, thank you for your readership, partnership, and referrals.


Giselle Carson

H-1B Cap Update: Initial Adjudications and Data Entry Complete

Our clients strategically used Premium Processing to file a limited number of H-1B cap-subject petitions. We’re thrilled to report that these petitions, many including Level 1 positions, have been approved without an RFE.

This is a breakthrough that we have not seen in months!


An Outline of the President’s Immigration Reform Plan

President Trump announced a new plan to reform our legal immigration system. It aims to create a primarily merit-based immigration system and strengthen border security.

The proposed system has no reduction to the overall numbers of immigrant visas. Instead, it changes the qualifying criteria. The proposed employment-based merit system would benefit younger workers with job offers and very high levels of education and skills.


FAQs about F-1 OPT Work Authorization Verification

Many F-1 students selected under the H-1B lottery have an expiring or expired Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Our clients are asking us how to verify their work authorization.

We have created these FAQs to guide you through the process.



- H-1B Cap Update: Initial Adjudications and Data Entry Complete

- An Outline of the President’s Immigration Reform Plan

- FAQs about F-1 OPT Work Authorization Verification

- Congrats, Thyra!

- Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference

- “Ex Pertinacia Victoria” 


Stay Informed

State Department Visa Bulletin: June 2019

USCIS Processing Times

Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times

iCERT Visa Portal System

Congrats, Thyra!


We’re thrilled for our fantastic team member Thyra Reveron (now Newby) on her wedding to Larkin! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness and love.

In the Community and Profession

Ex Pertinacia Victoria

“Ex Pertinacia Victoria” or Victory Through Determination is the motto of Jacksonville’s professional soccer team. And this motto also guides our immigration vision and work with our clients and engagement in our community.

We’re proud of our multi-talented team member Gabbie Buenano who for over three years, has passionately supported our client and professional soccer team Armada F.C.  She is pictured here with Nathan Walter, Armada’s remarkable President and General Manager and friend.

Thank you, Gabbie and Nathan!

Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference

Foreign players have an important role in American sports, and I was honored to speak at the Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference on the state of sports immigration.
Just like many other areas of U.S. immigration, it is facing substantial challenges.

Giselle Carson

Business Immigration Attorney




Practice Areas
Business Immigration
Sports Immigration
I-9 Compliance and Litigation

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