Immigration Bulletin

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


Let’s tell your story and stand out.

The current administration has made no secret of its anti-immigration policy. And our clients and communities are feeling the effect of unfounded and unreasonable requests for further evidence and unlawful denials.

Sadly, there is no end in sight yet. We’re fighting an unfair battle with the government for the long run. The delays keep increasing. The anxiety is increasing. The challenge of finding and adapting to the solution takes time and resources.

There must be a better way. And there is! It’s found in the power of telling your story. Make your case come alive and be proactive and flexible to achieve your goals.

We are working with clients to make their strong, powerful, and compelling stories come to life.  We’re working to make their cases distinct – showcasing the vibrancy of their organizations; their amazing contributions to our communities. Your story has to land in the adjudicator’s brain. It has to connect with their understanding of the world. It has to make them feel.

Telling your story is magical. The listener feels better. Trust grows. They begin to feel your need. They want to adjudicate your case in a positive way.

Telling your story takes time. It takes building a case that makes your business, goals, and team come to life in the dark world of USCIS adjudications. And then we must work with you to incorporate the current government’s requirements and trends.

In this newsletter, I share the recently announced potential changes to the H-1B program. These could entirely shake up the program – but not necessarily in the manner that it should be revamped. We also cover the tightening of rules for international students and E-Verify TNCs.

Prepare to tell your stories and stand out in the upcoming H-1B season. To help you tell your story and energize your adjudicator in a positive way, we’re providing a webinar for “Getting Ready for the New H-1B Season”. Be on the lookout for more information about this. Let’s tell your story and get you noticed!

As always, thank you for your readership, partnership, and referrals. And on behalf of the entire Marks Gray immigration team, I'd like to wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Giselle Carson

Want to Know What to Expect for Your
H-1Bs in 2019?

A reversed lottery. Massive registration pre-filing. Visas for the highest paid.

Be aware! The Department of Homeland Security’s latest regulatory agenda includes some big potential changes for H-1B visas.

And they didn’t stop with those mentioned above. There may be changes to work authorization for certain spouses. New definitions for “specialty occupation” and other key terms. Restricted access to court. And more!
Immigration and I-9 compliance continue to be hot topics. And a number of clients have come to us lately with questions about Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) and I-9 verifications.

What does a TNC mean? What should you do next? Can you still hire the employee? Do you have to terminate him or her?

It can be confusing to even seasoned HR personnel! So, we put together this FAQs list to help you clear up the matter.

Ongoing Instability for International Students

For the first time in many, many years, the number of international students and scholars at US universities declined.

This decline is attributed to various factors. Uncertainty about visa policies. Instability about OPT and CPT options. And yes, the United States being a less welcoming place to foreign students under the Trump presidency.

Many new immigration policies make it difficult to recruit talented students and scholars to American campuses. This is also impacting US employers’ ability to hire needed foreign talent.

Here are just some of the regulatory actions taken that have made things more difficult for international students.

Success Story: “They Saved Me Time and Frustration.” 

We are happy to share the successful completion of another visa application!

This one is for a recognized tennis player who was applying for their P-1 visa. Our team worked hard to make sure everything was in place at each step of the journey, and the end result was that the visa was granted.

Here’s what our client had to say:

“It was fantastic to have worked with such a competent team while trying to obtain my P-1 visa.

"I could not have put together such a successful case without the help of Giselle and her team. They took all the guesswork out of my application and knew exactly what needed to be done, with a constant stream of communication between us.

"They saved me time and frustration. They made the process easy and efficient.

"It has been an absolute pleasure working with Giselle and her business immigration team in Jacksonville, Florida. Forever grateful.”


- Want to Know What to Expect for Your H-1Bs in 2019?

- Answers to Your Pressing Questions about E-Verify TNCs

- Ongoing Instability for International Students

- Success Story: “They Saved Me Time and Frustration.”

- Giselle Is Dancing with the Stars for Charity!

- Marks Gray in the Community


Stay Informed

State Department Visa Bulletin: December 2018

USCIS Processing Times

Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times

iCERT Visa Portal System



Giselle Is Dancing with the Stars for Charity!

Giselle is thrilled to be training for Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars to benefit the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.

This organization inspires Excellence, Discipline, and Teamwork among young singers.
Save the Date:
April 27, 2019

You can see all the details and read about the event at

Marks Gray in the Community

Thyra in the Armed Forces Half Marathon

Thyra recently ran the Armed Forces Half Marathon to support local Veterans and deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines.

Gabriela's Atlantic Beach Day of Service

Gabriela recently participated in a Sigma Delta Tau Alumnae Day of Service, spending a Saturday Morning with other sisters in the community to clean up a mile of Atlantic Beach.

Giselle Carson
Business Immigration Attorney





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


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