Plus: Tips for Form I-983 for the F-1 OPT STEM Extension, Changes to InfoPass Scheduling, Giselle Educates on Immigration
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Immigration Bulletin

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

Welcome! As we approach the H-1B cap season and St. Patrick’s Day, USCIS announced its new mission statement. Particularly telling, the new statement removed “a nation of immigrants” and “by providing accurate and useful information to our customers.”

This new statement is another disappointing example of the agency’s current disregard for the vast contributions of many immigrants to our nation; for their obligation to provide accurate information; and for the need of US employers to hire foreign talent to remain competitive.  

The Marks Gray Immigration Team believes in the United States as a nation of immigrants, and we are proud of our clients and the contributions immigrants make to our country.   

Now more than ever, it is critically important to remain proactive and prepared for ongoing delays, unwarranted requests for additional information, and other challenges. This new mission could make last year’s unwarranted RFEs and denials only a prelude to ongoing changes. 

In this newsletter, I share more about our continued efforts to educate on current immigration issues through speaking engagements, tips about Form I-983 for the F-1 OPT STEM Extension, an upcoming change to the InfoPass appointment scheduling process, and a new USCIS policy which makes your signatures even more important.

We believe that the more informed you are, the better chance you have at success. Good luck to all our clients as we progress through the H-1B visa cap season. Thank you for staying tuned and for your continued trust and partnership! 

Giselle Carson

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' newly revamped mission statement makes it very clear: the agency is no longer in the business of helping immigrants.

The new statement not only removes a line referring to the United States as a "nation of immigrants" but also does not contain any reference to immigrants at all.
One important requirement for the OPT STEM extension is the completion of a Training Plan using Form I-983.

We created an FAQ to help you put together a plan.

Signatures Become Even More Important

Effective March 18, 2018, USCIS will no longer accept power of attorney signatures on forms from petitioners and applicants seeking immigration benefits.

For forms filed by a corporation or other legal entity, an authorized person who is employed by the petitioner must sign.

This is important because if a form is filed with a faulty signature, USCIS may reject the form without offering a chance to fix the problem.

Power of attorney signatures are only authorized for children under 14 years old and individuals with disabilities.

Giving Back – Chili for Charity

We had the privilege of participating in The Jacksonville Bar Association’s 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off. 

Our attorneys and staff prepared the most delicious chili and toppings.
Thank you to everyone who made this another successful and impactful event! 


- USCIS No Longer
  Secures America's
  Promise as a Nation of

  Community College
  Conference and H-1B

- Need an InfoPass
  Appointment?  Be Aware
  of These Changes

- Tips for Employers to
  Complete Form I-983 for
  the F-1 OPT STEM

- USCIS No Longer
  Accepts Power of
  Attorney Signatures


Stay Informed

State Department Visa Bulletin: March 2018

USCIS Processing Times

Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times

iCERT Visa Portal System



The 2018 Community College Conference and H-1B Webinar

The 2018 Community College Conference on Legal Issues focused on engaging conversations and presentations on legal issues unique to community colleges.

Giselle spoke about the impact that the current immigration landscape has on employment verification and immigration compliance.

She also conducted an informative and interactive H-1B webinar.


Need an InfoPass Appointment?

Be Aware of These Changes

Once the new pilot program is implemented, InfoPass appointment scheduling for the Jacksonville USCIS field office will be coordinated by the USCIS National Customer Service Center.

Giselle Carson

Business Immigration Attorney





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


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