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Trump Wanted Cuccinelli as DHS Secretary, Senate’s Reluctance Led to Appointment of Chad Wolf

November 20, 2019

Donald Trump initially endorsed current acting director of USCIS Ken Cuccinelli to take over as secretary of DHS. Bleak outlook regarding Cuccinelli’s Senate confirmation led Trump to select Chad Wolf.

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USCIS Initiates Production of Security-Enhanced Travel Document

November 20, 2019

In an effort to prevent the tampering, counterfeiting, and fraudulence of secure documents, on October 24, USCIS initiated the production of a new security-enhanced document, which resembles a U.S. passport and has two purposes.

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Trump Administration Attempts Bar on Immigrants Lacking Health Insurance, but Judge Issues TRO

November 20, 2019

Applicants who receive an immigrant visa after the order goes into effect on November 3 need to demonstrate that upon entry, they will have insurance in place within a month before issuance of the visa.

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USCIS Indicates H-1B Registration Tool Must Pass Testing to Take Effect in 2020

November 20, 2019

Ken Cuccinelli announced during a speech at SHRM’s Global Mobility and Immigration Symposium in Washington D.C. that the new H-1B online cap registration tool must demonstrate its ability through the testing phase before it can be in place before the beginning of the next filing season early next year.

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DOS Releases Instructions for the 2021 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

November 20, 2019

The Department of State (DOS) has released instructions outlining how to apply for the 2021 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which provides 55,000 diversity visas to individuals from countries which historically have low rates of immigration to the United States.

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ABIL Global: Brexit No-Deal Contingency Plans: An Overview

November 20, 2019

This article provides an overview of contingency plans in several countries in the event of a possible “no-deal Brexit.”

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SEC Proposes Amendments to Shareholder Proposal Rule

November 15, 2019

On November 5, the SEC proposed amendments to Exchange Act Rule 14a-8, the rule that governs the process for shareholder proposals to be included in a company’s proxy statement.

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SEC Proposes Amendments to Proxy Solicitation Rules

November 15, 2019

On November 5, the SEC proposed amendments to the rules governing proxy solicitations. The amendments are intended to help ensure that proxy voting advice used by investors and others who vote on investors’ behalf is accurate, transparent and materially complete.

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SEC’s Enforcement Division Issues Annual Report

November 15, 2019

On November 6, the SEC’s enforcement division issued a report summarizing its enforcement actions and areas of focus during fiscal year 2019, which ended on September 30.

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ISS and Glass Lewis Update Voting Guidelines for 2020 Proxy Season

November 15, 2019

On November 12, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) announced updates to its proxy voting guidelines for the 2020 proxy season, applicable to shareholder meetings on or after February 1, 2020.

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