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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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SEVP Announces Modifications to Temporary COVID-19 Exemptions for Nonimmigrant Students Taking Online Classes

On July 6, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced significant modifications to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic.

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Fredrikson & Byron Recognized in Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020

Fredrikson & Byron ranked Band 1 in Private Wealth Law in Minnesota and North Dakota in Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020.

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SEC Declines to Further Extend Filing Deadlines Beyond July 1, 2020

The SEC responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing public companies with a 45-day extension to file certain disclosure reports that would otherwise have been due on or before July 1, 2020. In a statement dated June 26, 2020, the SEC declined to extend this relief beyond July 1.

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SEC Supplements COVID-19 Disclosure Guidance

On June 23, 2020, approximately two months after issuing “CF Disclosure Guidance: Topic No. 9,” the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued “CF Disclosure Guidance: Topic No. 9A” to provide additional guidance regarding operations, liquidity, and capital resources disclosures companies should consider with respect to COVID-19.

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SEC Chief Accountant Stresses Continued Importance of High-Quality Financial Reporting

On June 23, 2020, with many public companies preparing for their second quarter financial reporting process, the SEC’s Chief Accountant issued a statement emphasizing the continued importance of high-quality financial reporting in light of the significant impacts of COVID-19.

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Trump Amends Proclamation to Suspend Entry of Nonimmigrant Workers, With Exceptions; USCIS Issues Statement

On June 29, 2020, President Trump issued an amendment to his Presidential Proclamation issued June 22, 2020.

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USCIS Updates Fee Payment System Used in Field Offices

Effective immediately, a long list of field offices will only accept payments in the form of a personal, attorney or business check; debit or credit card; or reloadable prepaid credit or debit card.

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SEC Relaxes Certain Crowdfunding Rules through August 31, 2020

The SEC recently adopted temporary final rules to expedite the offering process for small businesses affected by COVID-19 that are seeking to meet their funding needs through the offer and sale of securities pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding.

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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

USCIS has extended the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants and petitioners responding to certain agency requests.

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USCIS Expected to Furlough Many Workers on August 3

USCIS is expected to furlough more than two-thirds of its employees as of August 3, 2020, for at least a month and up to three months or more.

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