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The Deadline to Join CMS’s IRF Settlement is September 17

September 12, 2019

If you appealed an IRF overpayment decision, you may be eligible to join this settlement. Instructions for submission can be found on the CMS website.

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Continue to Use “Expiring” I-9 Form Until Further Notice, USCIS Says

September 11, 2019

Until further notice, employers should continue using the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, currently available on I-9 Central, even after the August 31, 2019, expiration date has passed.

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USCIS Changes Direct Filing Addresses for Certain Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions

September 11, 2019

USCIS has changed the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, as of September 1, 2019.

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18 Attorneys General Challenge Sweeping Expansion of Expedited Removal

September 11, 2019

18 attorneys general have filed an amicus brief challenging a new DHS expansion of expedited removal of undocumented immigrants. The signers support a preliminary injunction to bar implementation while the court case is proceeding.

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New Final Rule Expands Definition of ‘Public Charge,’ ‘Public Benefit’ for Inadmissibility Determinations

September 11, 2019

Among other things, the 217-page final rule defines certain terms and explains factors DHS will consider when making a public charge inadmissibility determination. Lawsuits have been filed.

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September Visa Bulletin Shows Employment-Based Advances, Retrogressions

September 11, 2019

The bulletin notes that it is “likely that corrective action will also be required for other preferences prior to the end of the fiscal year.”

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ICE Is Conducting Site Visits to STEM OPT Employers

September 11, 2019

New site visits are underway to question foreign students and company managers on optional practical training in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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USCIS Plans to Close 13 International Field Offices and Three District Offices

September 11, 2019

The first planned closures are the field offices in Monterrey, Mexico, and Seoul, South Korea, at the end of September 2019.

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State Department Releases DV-2020 Results

September 11, 2019

Approximately 83,884 applicants have been registered and notified and may now make an application for an immigrant visa.

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Filling the LIBOR Vacuum

September 3, 2019

The likely end of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is coming soon, but many banks have not taken adequate steps to protect themselves and their clients from a seismic shift that some have labeled “the next Y2K.”

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