Also: Giselle's recent speaking engagements for the NE Florida Paralegal Association and First Coast Connect.
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Immigration Bulletin

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

Welcome!  Immigration was the centerpiece of the State of the Union, but unfortunately, the address did not highlight the remarkable contributions of immigrants that truly make America great. The challenges and attacks to legal immigration will continue. We thank you for letting us help you through these unpredictable times.
USCIS data shows that the agency issued over 85,000 requests for additional evidence in the first eight months of the fiscal year, and this trend is expected to continue. Additionally, potential government shutdowns could slow or stop immigration processing.  
In this newsletter, you’ll find part one of our H-1B FAQs to help you prepare. (Check back next month for part two!) I encourage you to also sign up for my upcoming H-1B webinar for updates and tips on the process.

We also cover a transformational USCIS memo eliminating deference to prior adjudications and my recent speaking engagements.

During these perplexing immigration times, I will be making more time to speak and educate groups and organizations on business immigration matters. If you’re interested in having me speak, please reach out to me at

As always, I welcome your readership, support, and referrals.

Giselle Carson

The demand for cap-subject H-1Bs continues to be high. Therefore, it is imperative that employers, employees, and their immigration counsel start petition preparations early.

Job descriptions, salary, O*Net codes, Department of Labor (DOL) registration, the posting of required notices, and credential verification are only a few of the details that must be considered during preparation.
The Trump Administration policy “Buy American, Hire American” is leading to many changes in immigration, particularly with H-1B processing.

Join us for a one-hour webinar to discuss the following and more:
  • H-1B application timeline
  • New required documentation
  • Proving the professional nature of the occupation
  • My H-1B is filed, now what?
  • What’s next?
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST


USCIS’ No Deference Memorandum

If you are filing an extension request, you can no longer rely on a smooth process. Previously, adjudicators gave deference to the findings of the earlier approved petition, unless there was evidence of an error, fraud, or changes to key elements.

However, under a new USCIS memo, adjudicators must apply an elevated level of scrutiny to extension requests. All the prior evidence and much more will have to be reproved and resubmitted. The USCIS’ officers will readjudicate the petition – even though it had been previously approved.

If you need to file an extension of status, plan to file early and be ready for a potential request for additional evidence. Plan also to work with a proactive, engaged, and experienced immigration team.


- Prepare for the H-1B
  Lottery: H-1B FAQs –
  Part 1

  NE Florida Paralegal
  Association and First
  Coast Connect

- USCIS’ No Deference

- Sign Up for Giselle's
  H-1B Webinar 



Stay Informed

State Department Visa Bulletin: February 2018

USCIS Processing Times

Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times

iCERT Visa Portal System



NE Florida Paralegal Association & First Coast Connect

During January, Marks Gray attorney Giselle Carson spoke about current issues in U.S. immigration, the growing shortage of high-skilled workers, DACA, and the global competition for talent at the Northeast Florida Paralegal Association's continuing legal education luncheon and with Melissa Ross on First Coast Connect.


Giselle Carson

Business Immigration Attorney





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


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