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Updates & Events

Recent News and Events

Fredrikson & Byron strives to provide clients current business developments and legal updates. See the list below for our most recent updates and events.

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Trump Wanted Cuccinelli as DHS Secretary, Senate’s Reluctance Led to Appointment of Chad Wolf

Donald Trump initially endorsed current acting director of USCIS Ken Cuccinelli to take over as secretary of DHS. Bleak outlook regarding Cuccinelli’s Senate confirmation led Trump to select Chad Wolf.

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USCIS Initiates Production of Security-Enhanced Travel Document

In an effort to prevent the tampering, counterfeiting, and fraudulence of secure documents, on October 24, USCIS initiated the production of a new security-enhanced document, which resembles a U.S. passport and has two purposes.

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Trump Administration Attempts Bar on Immigrants Lacking Health Insurance, but Judge Issues TRO

Applicants who receive an immigrant visa after the order goes into effect on November 3 need to demonstrate that upon entry, they will have insurance in place within a month before issuance of the visa.

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USCIS Indicates H-1B Registration Tool Must Pass Testing to Take Effect in 2020

Ken Cuccinelli announced during a speech at SHRM’s Global Mobility and Immigration Symposium in Washington D.C. that the new H-1B online cap registration tool must demonstrate its ability through the testing phase before it can be in place before the beginning of the next filing season early next year.

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DOS Releases Instructions for the 2021 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

The Department of State (DOS) has released instructions outlining how to apply for the 2021 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which provides 55,000 diversity visas to individuals from countries which historically have low rates of immigration to the United States.

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ABIL Global: Brexit No-Deal Contingency Plans: An Overview

This article provides an overview of contingency plans in several countries in the event of a possible “no-deal Brexit.”

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Fredrikson & Byron Moves to New Office in Mankato

Fredrikson & Byron announced today that it has moved into a new office space in the Eide Bailly Center building located at 111 South 2nd Street in Mankato, Minn., where it occupies most of the fourth floor.

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SEC Proposes Amendments to Shareholder Proposal Rule

On November 5, the SEC proposed amendments to Exchange Act Rule 14a-8, the rule that governs the process for shareholder proposals to be included in a company’s proxy statement.

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SEC Proposes Amendments to Proxy Solicitation Rules

On November 5, the SEC proposed amendments to the rules governing proxy solicitations. The amendments are intended to help ensure that proxy voting advice used by investors and others who vote on investors’ behalf is accurate, transparent and materially complete.

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SEC’s Enforcement Division Issues Annual Report

On November 6, the SEC’s enforcement division issued a report summarizing its enforcement actions and areas of focus during fiscal year 2019, which ended on September 30.

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