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USCIS Accelerates Transition to Digital Immigration Processing, Announces I-539 Online Filing

June 10, 2019

As a first step, certain visitors for business, visitors for pleasure and vocational students can now file Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, online. Additional visa classifications are coming soon.

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A Short Primer on Farmer-Lender Mediation and Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcies

June 3, 2019

The national and local publications have been full of articles recently on the emerging agricultural crisis confronting producers. Now might be a good time for lenders to brush up on the most significant laws affecting their loan remedies in the event it becomes necessary to seek enforcement of their loans.

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In the Weeds: What the Cannabis Legislation Means (and Doesn’t Mean) for Banks

June 3, 2019

As of March 2019, a majority of states have legalized the use of cannabis products in some capacity, but cannabis-related businesses operating within the bounds of state law are still largely without access to basic financial services.

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Social Security Administration “No-Match” Letters: A Guide to Responding

May 30, 2019

As of March 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) resumed sending “no-match” letters to employers.

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SSA Resumes Issuing “No-Match” Letters

May 23, 2019

The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing notifications to employers identified as having at least one name and Social Security Number combination submitted on the wage and tax statement (Form W-2) that do not match SSA’s records.

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Enforcement of Unlawful Presence Memo Targeting International Students Temporarily Blocked by Federal Judge

May 23, 2019

A federal judge issued a nationwide order requiring USCIS to temporarily suspend the enforcement of a policy under which F-1/M-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors would begin to accrue unlawful presence as soon as they violate the terms of their visa status.

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E-2 Investor Visa Program Opened to Israelis May 1

May 23, 2019

Effective May 1, 2019, the E-2 investor visa program has opened to Israelis under a reciprocal treaty investor agreement signed between the United States and Israel.

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USCIS Responds to Congressional Letter Asking for Info on Backlog Causes

May 23, 2019

The letter asked the agency to explain the reasons for backlogged cases and how certain policies such as “extreme vetting” affect processing times and contribute to the backlog.

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Visa Bulletin Shows Slight Forward Progress in Some Backlogged Preference Categories

May 23, 2019

Regarding EB-1 for China and India, the bulletin notes a continued “extremely high rate of demand” that may require temporary retrogression until October.

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New USCIS Policy Guidance Clarifies Marijuana-Related Activities Bar

May 23, 2019

Certain marijuana-related activities generally bar naturalization even if they are decriminalized under applicable state laws

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