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DHS Withdraws H-1B Selection Final Rule

January 11, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security published a final rule on December 22, 2021, that withdrew the “Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions” final rule, also known as the H-1B Selection Final Rule, issued January 8, 2021.

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CBP Confirms Lifting of Temporary Travel Restrictions Between the United States and Canada, Mexico

January 11, 2022

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the lifting of temporary restrictions that applied to non-essential travel by fully vaccinated travelers with proof of COVID-19 vaccination status entering via land ports and ferry service along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico.

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Immigration Provisions in Limbo as Senate Democrats Struggle With Parliamentarian Rejections, Uncertainties

January 11, 2022

After the Senate parliamentarian rejected a plan that included work permits and protection from deportation favored by Democrats for inclusion in the “social spending” budget reconciliation bill, lawmakers struggled to consider their options, including revisions to the immigration provisions or simply moving ahead without parliamentarian approval.

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DHS Extends I-9 Flexibility to April 30, 2022

January 11, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced an extension of the flexibility policy in complying with certain physical inspection requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

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USCIS Releases Fourth-Quarter Data Showing Persistent Backlogs, Some Progress

January 11, 2022

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released fourth-quarter fiscal year 2021 reports offering a snapshot of statistics for the entire fiscal year.

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USCIS Temporarily Waives 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures

January 11, 2022

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is temporarily waiving the requirement that the civil surgeon sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.

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E-Verify Consolidates User Profile Screen

January 11, 2022

On December 7, 2021, E-Verify notified users via email that they can now view and complete several actions from a consolidated user profile screen, which “allows users to view all of their account information quickly and easily, without having to navigate to multiple pages.”

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Breaking the Covenants? A Way to Restrict Lakeshore Development

January 7, 2022

The desirability of lakeshore property is no secret. This desirability often creates conflicts between existing lakeshore owners who want to maintain the status quo by preventing development and developers looking to build and sell lake homes.

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Update on CMS Enforcement of Vaccine Mandate

January 4, 2022

This article provides an update on the status of the CMS Vaccine Mandate, the litigation surrounding its implementation and CMS’s intent to begin enforcement on January 27, 2022.

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A Letter of Protest: An Old One, But a Good One

January 3, 2022

Letters of Protest are not new to U.S. trademark practice; yet the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA) provided statutory authority for and refined the existing procedure.

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