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USCIS Temporarily Waives 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures

December 14, 2021

USCIS is temporarily waiving the requirement that the civil surgeon sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no more than 60 days before an applicant files an application for the underlying immigration benefit.

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Increased Travel Restrictions in Response to ‘Omicron’

December 14, 2021

President Biden said that most travelers (excluding U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents) who had been in any of eight countries in southern Africa for the prior 14 days would be barred from entry into the United States.

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Stopgap Funding Bill Averts Government Shutdown

December 14, 2021

The U.S. Congress passed a bill to extend funding through February 18, 2022, to prevent a federal government shutdown that otherwise would have begun December 4, 2021.

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USCIS Incorporates General Adjudications Guidance Into Policy Manual

December 14, 2021

USCIS announced on November 23, 2021, that it is incorporating existing guidance from the Adjudicator’s Field Manual into the USCIS Policy Manual.

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New Work Authorization Extensions Affect Form I-9 Completion

December 14, 2021

USCIS automatically extended work authorization for L-2 nonimmigrants who are the dependent spouses of L-1 nonimmigrants and E nonimmigrants who are the dependent spouses of E-1, E-2 and E-3 nonimmigrants.

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ESTA Application Revisions to Include Mandatory Social Media Collection

December 14, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security issued a 60-day notice and request for comments on revisions to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization for Visa Waiver Program travelers.

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DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

December 14, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, announced the countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A (temporary agricultural) and H-2B (temporary nonagricultural) visa programs.

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TMA Provides New Shortened Response Times (plus, a word about audits)

December 7, 2021

The Trademark Modernization Act, enacted in December 2020, provides for shorter response times to respond to examination issues raised by a Trademark Office Examining Attorney

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As Sherlock Holmes Would Say, “The Game’s Afoot”: A Possible SCOTUS Tax Case?

December 3, 2021

If you are into Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs), your concern about penalties for failing to comply with those FinCEN 114 reporting rules just took an exciting, and perhaps fearsome, turn.

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PACE Loans

December 2, 2021

A Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan is a financing arrangement made to facilitate energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property.

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