Immigration Bulletin

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

Greetings! There is no doubt that U.S. immigration has been extremely challenging and unpredictable under the current Administration. However, it’s through struggles that we find our strength. Today my team and I are stronger, more knowledgeable, and determined to continue to help our clients achieve their immigration goals.

Over the last two months, we’ve been working strategically and in partnership with our clients to prepare and file many new H1B visas. As we approach filing time, the first week of April, I thank you for your continued trust and partnership. And special recognition goes to Thyra Reveron, a solid member of our team who has been working tirelessly with our clients and me on the H-1B filings.

Through working together, we can make your story come to life for adjudicators, so they feel your need and want to adjudicate your case in a positive way. There’s so much discretion in the immigration process that it’s key to bring your case to life through additional pictures, projects, and stories about your work and needs.

We know how important skilled foreign talent is for our clients and country, and how difficult it is to find accurate and practical immigration information. Thus, we take the time to share tips and resources to facilitate your understanding of the immigration process, save you time, and facilitate your work.

In this newsletter, I share a Forbes story that highlights some frightening data. I also provide insights for HR professionals and F-1 students transitioning to H-1Bs and/or considering practical training options. Finally, I ask a passionate centenarian for the secret to her long life...

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


Giselle Carson

Forbes: Frightening Data on H-1B Crackdown

Forbes recently highlighted alarming data on how the H-1B adjudicatory process is affecting U.S. businesses and in particular the IT services sector. 

If you’re a frequent reader of my newsletter, you know about the unprecedented number of Requests for Further Evidence (RFEs) and outright denials. This article objectively shows the numbers.


What Are the Options Beyond the H-1B?

Unfortunately, some new H-1B petitions will not be accepted this year or might not get approved. I explore the options beyond the H-1B with my clients. But I’m so passionate about helping our clients achieve their immigration goals that I took the time to write a book about it.

You can read an excerpt from my book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, on Amazon by clicking “Look Inside”.

FAQs for F-1 Students Transitioning to Cap-Subject H-1Bs

This downloadable PDF was written with the assistance of Ellen Mazujian, our newest team member who served as an International Student Advisor at NYU before joining us. In the document, you'll find answers to FAQs about the transition, including information on the cap-gap extension.


CPT, OPT, and OPT STEM Guide for HR Pros and F-1 Students

This quick and practical reference PDF provides the information you need at a glance to identify the key differences between CPT, OPT, and STEM OPT - including the basic requirements and work authorization evidence. Thanks go to Ellen Mazujian and Gabbie Buenano for their assistance with this practical guide.


- Forbes: H-1B Crackdown Harming US Businesses

- What Are the Options Beyond the H-1B?

-FAQs for F-1 Students Transitioning to Cap-Subject H-1Bs

- CPT, OPT, and OPT STEM Guide for HR Pros and F-1 Students

- The Secret to Longevity Revealed...


Stay Informed

State Department Visa Bulletin: March 2019

USCIS Processing Times

Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times

iCERT Visa Portal System


The Secret to Longevity Revealed...

Giselle wanted to know the secret to living a timeless, vibrant, and stylish life at 101 years old.

Dr. Fran Kinnie’s advice was:

“Keep your heart ️young and mind open."

What a pleasure and inspiration to spend time with Fran at Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute, where Giselle previously served on the Advisory Board.

Thank you, Fran!

Jacksonville Women’s Network

Marks Gray continues their support of the Jacksonville Women’s Network (JWN).

Along with intellectual property attorney Crystal T. Broughan, Giselle
attended the JWN 2019 Speakers Forum featuring keynote speaker, Siri Lindley, one of the world’s best triathlon coaches, a world champion, and author of Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly.

By all accounts, the event was transformative and inspiring.

Pictured (l-r): Giselle Carson, Siri Lindley and Maribel Hernandez, MBA, ACG, 
President of the JWN.

Giselle Carson

Business Immigration Attorney





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



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