Gerald P. Goulder’s Guides

Gerald P. Goulder

Greensboro Immigration Attorney.

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  1. STEM OPT Extensions and Pending H1B Petitions

    Written by attorney Gerald Goulder, 5 months ago.

    Even if your employer’s H1B petition was selected for review by USCIS in the H1B “lottery,” it may be advantageous to apply for STEM OPT extensions, where appropriate. STEM OPT F-1 students who have c

  2. DACA Renewal: Renewing USCIS-granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

    Written by attorney Gerald Goulder, 5 months ago.

    Beginning in September 2014, USCIS will start reviewing applications for DACA renewal--applications to renew DACA status, and employment authorization, for persons previously granted 2-year DACA by US

  3. Most Companies Need an Immigration Compliance Pogoam, but may not know it

    Written by attorney Gerald Goulder, 6 months ago.

    All employers have immigration-related compliance obligations regardless of whether they employ any foreign nationals. Forms I-9, Employment Eligibility Verfication, are part of your immigration compl

  4. Who Regularly Reviews Your Company’s Forms I-9 and Other Immigration Records?

    Written by attorney Gerald Goulder, 6 months ago.

    Many clients come to me for advice after having hired a foreign national in H-1B, an L1A or L1B, F1, OPT, or E1-E2 status. Frequently these employers have had other law firms assist them in obtaining

  5. Same-Sex Marriages Now Treated The Same As Opposite-Sex Marriages in Immigration Laws

    Written by attorney Gerald Goulder, about 1 year ago.

    On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional. [United States vs. Windsor] DOMA is no longer an impediment in recognizing same-sex couples under the Immigration and Nationality Act...

  6. I-94 Card Automation—CBP Transition to Electronic I-94 Forms

    Written by attorney Gerald Goulder, about 1 year ago.

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently began the roll out of a completely new system for documenting arrivals and departures at U.S. airports and seaports. This is a major change in the admissions procedure, which has implications for other aspects of the immigrati...

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  7. Apply for DACA Now or Wait for Legalization?

    Written by attorney Gerald Goulder, about 1 year ago.

    Apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or wait for legalization? The answer is simple: It made sense to pursue DACA before S.744 was introduced and it makes even more sense now. S.744 [the Senates version of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR)] is a Senate bi...

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  8. Travel Abroad on OPT and While Changing Status from F-1 (OPT) to H-1B

    Written by attorney Gerald Goulder, about 1 year ago.

    For many foreign students in F-1 (Student Visa) status, being sponsored by an employer for an H-1 B Visa is a popular option. New H-1B status generally begins October 1, 2013. The delay in beginning H-1B status can create travel and re-entry issues for persons in F-1 (OPT, Option...

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  9. Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Immigration Benefits for Lawfully Married Same-Sex Couples

    Written by attorney Gerald Goulder, about 1 year ago.

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Marriage-based immigration benefits are now available legally-married gay and lesbian couples. Background:...

  10. Provisional Waiver for Unlawful Presence: New Stateside Unlawful Presence Waiver Process

    Written by attorney Gerald Goulder, over 1 year ago.

    USCIS has issued a new provisional waiver rule for obtaining stateside provisional review of applications for waivers of inadmissibility. The new rulewill allow certain family members of U.S. citizens who are physically present in the United States to remain in the country while ...

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