Learn what to expect next from the H-1B process, how F-1 students can handle the cap-gap, and I-9 verification for automatic EAD extensions.
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Immigration Bulletin

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

“I gave my heart to the Americans and thought of nothing else but raising my banner and adding my colors to theirs.” – Marquis de Lafayette

Did you know that immigrants are a significant presence in our military? This isn’t a recent phenomenon.

By the 1840s, half of all military recruits were foreign-born. They made up 20% of the Union Army during the Civil War. And half a million immigrants served in the armed forces during World War I, thirteen of whom won the Medal of Honor.

Today, approximately 25,000 non-citizens serve in the US military, with about 5,000 non-citizens joining each year. These heroes serve because they love the United States. Many become citizens while deployed or after they serve. In fact, between 2001 and 2017, over 109,000 immigrants became citizens while wearing the uniform of the US military.

Many of these men and women go on to make the ultimate sacrifice and die for our country.  As we approach Memorial Day, let us remember military personnel of every ethnicity who fought and fight for the freedom we enjoy today.

The Marks Gray Immigration Team is thankful for the bravery and sacrifice of these men and women, and we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday.


Giselle Carson

On April 6th, USCIS announced that the cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas for FY2019 was met. They received a total of 190,098 H-1B cap petitions, 95,885 of which are master’s cap petitions.

If you submitted a petition, you may be wondering, “What happens now? When will I know if mine is selected?”
If you are an F-1 student who has recently graduated and are in post-competition optional practical training (OPT), you may have a gap between when your F-1 or OPT status ends and your H-1B status will begin, if selected.  

Fortunately, USCIS has a policy in place that can allow you to stay, and often continue working, in the United States while you wait for news on your H-1B filing.
As EAD extension delays become more common, so does the need to verify employees who are subject to a 180-day automatic extension.

In this article, you’ll learn how to complete the process for current employees. Check back next month to learn how to handle it for new employees.

ALERT: Undeliverable Immigration Documents Destroyed After 60 Days

If you have recently moved or plan to move, this is important news! Unless you provide USCIS with the correct address, any Permanent Resident Card, Employment Authorization Card, or Travel Document that are returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service will be destroyed after 60 days.

Don’t risk it! Report your change of address within 10 days of your move. To submit an address change notification, it is best if you notify USCIS electronically. You can simply file the notification online here.

You can read more about the procedures to change your address on the USCIS website here.

Social Media Questions for Visa Applicants

U.S. Department of State recently proposed new questions that would require visa applicants to disclose all social media identities used in the last five years. They may also ask about international travels and request a five-year history of applicants’ phone numbers and email addresses. Exemptions will be made for diplomatic and official visas.

If you will be applying for a visa, be aware that you may need to gather this additional information to prepare for your visa appointment.


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

- F-1 Students: How to Handle the Cap-Gap

- I-9 Verification of Current Employee with Automatic EAD Extension

- ALERT: Undeliverable Immigration Documents Destroyed After 60 Days

- Social Media Questions for Visa Applicants

- Giselle Speaks

- Giselle Carson Finishes Her 5th Boston Marathon

- Corporate 5k

Stay Informed

State Department Visa Bulletin: May 2018

USCIS Processing Times

Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times

iCERT Visa Portal System
In April, Giselle had the pleasure of speaking at the AIA HR Large Firm Roundtable, appearing on River City Live with Donna Orender from Generation W, Inc., and being a panelist at the “Generation W 2018: Rise & Shine” event at the University of North Florida.
“What an honor to be a panelist for the ‘US of America’ section at Generation W!” says Giselle. “The panel brought together a diverse group of women leaders to share immigration stories that touch your heart.”

Giselle Carson Finishes Her 5th Boston Marathon

"The commitment, determination, and grit to train and complete the Boston Marathon carries over into my professional life and gives me the energy and determination to practice business immigration law," says Giselle.

Congrats, Giselle!

Corporate Run 5K

And congrats to the Marks Gray team (Lisa, Thyra and Gabbie pictured) and many other teams for participating in and completing the Corporate Run 5K!


Giselle Carson

Business Immigration Attorney





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


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