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President Obama’s Executive Action

President Obama announced executive action last week creating limited protections for certain undocumented immigrants and expanding business immigration. As we await details, here are some initial facts about the executive action and who it might affect: DEFERRED ACTION FOR PARENTS OF U.S. CITIZEN OR LEGAL PERMANANET RESIDENT CHILDREN Individuals will have the opportunity to request …

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DACA and DAPA Temporarily Blocked by 5th Circuit Judge

Texas judge places temporary hold on expanded DACA and DAPA applications. Old DACA rules still apply. It is unclear how long this hold will last. Due to a federal court order, USCIS will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA on February 18 as originally planned. The court’s temporary injunction, issued February 16, …

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The Nikita Experience

Graylaw is pleased to represent Larry Ellison’s Nikita Restaurant in Malibu. If you like incredible ocean views, exquisite food and impeccable service you should frequent this establishment. Executive Chef Sodano is a rising star and among the finest chefs to emerge from Italy to date. His talent is so singular, we would not be surprised …

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Leon Rodriguez sworn in as USCIS Director

WASHINGTON—Leon Rodriguez was sworn in today as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a ceremony at USCIS headquarters. Rodriguez, born in Brooklyn, and raised in Miami, comes to USCIS with a broad legal background and will lead the nearly 18,000 employee agency charged with administering the nation’s immigration and naturalization system. …

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GrayLaw client wins Chopped!

GRAYLAW continues to be successful at procuring permanent resident status(green cards) for foreign nationals in the fields of art, entertainment, sports and business. Alvaro Tanabe is another extraordinary talent from Mexico in the field of culinary arts. Mexikosher is a restaurant he owns in Los Angeles offering a unique mix of Mexican Kosher style cuisine. …

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USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap!

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS received about 172,500 …

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From Photography to Film

Deborah Anderson is the daughter of singer Jon Anderson and Jennifer Anderson (née Baker), and sister to singer Jade Anderson. On the 1983 Jon & Vangelis album Private Collection, Jon wrote the lyrics and sang “Deborah”, a song dedicated to his daughter. Deborah’s earliest musical work was on projects with her father: including backing vocals …

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Revised EB-1 Business Plan

The California Consortium is pleased to announce its latest business opportunity as an approved EB-5 regional center, Mariposa Wine Company (MWC). MWC (dba Cru Wine Company) has come a long way over the past several years and is poised to finalize its efforts to grow the business. Two I-526 petitions (Conditional Resident Status) and one …

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It’s Citizenship for Extraordinary Hair-Stylist!

Graylaw is honored to represent hair-stylist-to-the-stars, Yiotis Panayiotou. Yiotis’ impressive clientele list includes Kate Beckinsale, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Kelly Osbourne, Mick Jagger and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. We guarantee you have seen his work – perhaps in the high-fashion magazines Vogue and Cosmopolitan, Old Navy television commercials, the Transformer film franchise or on the red carpet …

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Facebook and Immigration Reform

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has been in front of the immigration debate recently. “The future of our economy is a knowledge economy. And that means that getting the most talented people into this country is the most important thing that we can do to make sure the companies of tomorrow are founded here,” Zuckerberg …

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