Immigration Bulletin

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


"Energy and persistence conquer all things." That is a lesson from Benjamin Franklin, one of our most influential Founding Fathers. We have used this guidance to keep our passion alive and achieve our immigration clients’ goals.

For example, without this passion, energy, and persistence, we would not have been able to successfully guide and work with our clients through a challenging FY2019 H-1B visa season.

Just a few days ago, we received our last pending FY2019 H-1B approval after successfully responding to a Request for Evidence issued in February 2019. With this final case completed, I’m thrilled to say that all of our selected H-1B petitions for FY 2019 have been approved!

I’m grateful for the hard work of our core team — Thyra, Ellen, and Gabbie — and the partnership of our amazing clients.

This energy, persistence, and passion also guides us through this year’s tumultuous immigration processing, which now affects all work visas and green cards. We are tackling the challenges in partnership with our clients. And it’s gratifying to see the approvals coming in.

We are focusing more and more on telling our clients’ stories to make these petitions come alive for the adjudicators. That strategy takes work and time but for now is working.

We know that these are uncertain and stressful times. We’re continuing to provide close support and resources to keep you informed and prepared.

In this newsletter, we share information about the H-1B cap selection and the process going forward; what’s causing the huge processing delays; and employment authorization strategies. I’m also sharing news about an outstanding achievement requiring dedication and commitment from Thyra and our contributions to the community.

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


Giselle Carson

USCIS announced that the cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas for FY2020 was met. They received a total of 201,011 H-1B cap petitions.

There was an 11% increase from FY2019 in H-1B advanced degree (master’s and above) petitions selected in the FY2020 lottery; about 63% of those selected were advanced degree petitions.

Unfortunately, as it has been for the last two years, being selected is just the first challenge. With the Request for Evidence (RFE) rate for last year at 60%, this is the next hurdle to overcome towards approval.

If you submitted a petition, you may wonder, “What happens now? When will I know if mine is selected?” USCIS typically takes several weeks to months to notify which cases are selected in the lottery.

Learn more about what you can expect.


Nationwide millions of employers and people applying for work visas and green cards are waiting longer than ever for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process and approve applications and petitions.

Five years ago, an average case took about five months to process. By fiscal year 2018, that same employer waited nearly 10 months. Today, that wait can be 10 months to a year.

Many factors are slowing down cases, including new USCIS’ policies intended to restrict legal immigration.


You’ve completed the arduous process of finding the perfect candidate for the job in a very tight market for skilled talented workers. This person fits the bill perfectly. Beyond having the necessary skills and experience, this individual also has the right personality and attitude to fit into the team seamlessly. Better yet, everyone agrees that this candidate is the one!

Now comes time for the onboarding process. You’re filling out the Form I-9, and then it happens. You’re presented with an EAD, but it’s expired!

All the time, effort, and money put into the talent search goes down the drain in an instant. Do you have to rush through the talent search all over again? Would you have to settle for a candidate that was less than stellar?

But wait… do you really have to? Is there another option?



- H-1B Cap Selection Is Complete. Now What?

- Why the Huge Processing Delays?

- Want to Hire Someone but Their EAD Has Expired?

- Celebrating One of Our Team Members and Contributions to Our Community

Stay Informed

State Department Visa Bulletin: May 2019

USCIS Processing Times

Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times

iCERT Visa Portal System


Celebrating Team Member Thyra Reveron & Our Community Contributions

Congrats to
Thyra Reveron for completing the AILA Paralegal Course!

“This was a great course to continue to sharpen my skills. I now have a greater level of understanding of the immigration system as a whole to better serve our clients in today’s challenging immigration climate,” says Thyra about the accomplishment.

“It was an interactive online course that took several weeks to complete. It included videos, materials, and tests covering substantive topics of each area of immigration law. The course has given me more knowledge to help guide and work with our clients to achieve their goals.”

Giselle participates in Jacksonville’s "Dancing with the Stars" to support the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus  

“I’m thrilled and honored to have participated,” says Giselle about the event.

 “I’m grateful for the support and encouragement I received from family, friends, the Marks Gray team, and clients. It required a lot of training and focus for a magical result – the event impacts the lives of more than 1,000 children from all walks of life who now have a greater opportunity to experience joy and discipline through music.
“Thank you for your support with all of my heart!”

Giselle Carson

Business Immigration Attorney





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


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