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April Visa Bulletin Notes Movement in Many Employment-Based Categories

April 5, 2019

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for April 2019 notes that Final Action Date movement in many employment-based preference categories continues to be greater than might ordinarily be expected. This is anticipated to continue for at least the next few months.

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DOL Updates H-2A, H-2B Allowable Charges and Reimbursements

April 5, 2019

DOL announced an annual update to: (1) the allowable charges that employers seeking H-2A workers in occupations other than herding or production of livestock on the range may charge their workers when the employer provides three meals per day; and (2) the maximum travel subsistence meal reimbursement that a worker with receipts may claim under the H-2A and H-2B programs.

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Trump Administration Announces Extension of Liberian DED ‘Wind-Down’ Period, EADs

April 5, 2019

President Trump has extended the wind-down period for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for certain eligible Liberians for an additional 12 months, through March 30, 2020.

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Trump Administration Plans to Close USCIS International Operations

April 5, 2019

USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna told senior staff that the agency’s International Operations Division, which operates in more than 20 countries, will be closed down. The duties of those offices will be transferred to U.S. embassies and consulates and to domestic U.S. offices.

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Amazon’s Project Zero Initiative Seeks to Place Brand Owners in Control

March 25, 2019

Brand owners recently gained a new weapon for their arsenal in the ongoing fight against counterfeit products sold on online marketplace giant Amazon.com.

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U.S. Attorney Required? USPTO Proposes New Rule that Would Require Foreign Trademark Applicants to be Represented by a U.S. Attorney

March 15, 2019

The USPTO recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposing to amend the Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases to require all applicants, registrants and parties to be represented by a U.S. attorney.

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Premium Processing Resumed

March 13, 2019

USCIS resumed premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions.

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Trump Administration Moves Ahead on Reversing H-4 EADs

March 12, 2019

On February 20, 2019, the Trump administration sent a proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review that would halt work authorization for H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders in the United States.

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Trump Administration Increases Scrutiny, RFEs for H-1B Petitions

March 12, 2019

According to statistics released by USCIS, the percentage of H-1B cases with requests for evidence has greatly increased. 

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House Representatives Send USCIS Inquiry re “Alarming Growth in Processing Delays”

March 12, 2019

86 Democratic members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the USCIS Director expressing their “grave concerns about the alarming growth in processing delays” and requesting “prompt and detailed” responses to a series of related questions.

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