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SSA Ends “No-Match” Letters

May 13, 2021

The Social Security Administration has ended the practice of sending employers “no-match” letters, called Employer Correction Request Notices.

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DHS to Make Additional 22,000 Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Visas Available

May 13, 2021

In light of increased labor demands, the Department of Homeland Security announced a supplemental increase of 22,000 visas this fiscal year for the H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker program.

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DHS Provides Relief for Venezuelan and Syrian F-1 Students

May 13, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security has suspended certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is Venezuela or Syria.

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State Department Issues Final Rule Changing Certifying Authority for Graduate Medical Education

May 13, 2021

Effective May 19, 2021, the Department of State is changing the certification authority for noncitizen physicians from the American Board of Medical Specialties to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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State Department Updates Travel Advisories Due to Ongoing Pandemic

May 13, 2021

The Department is warning travelers against going to “approximately 80% of countries worldwide.”

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F-1 Students Seeking OPT Can Now File Form I-765 Online

May 13, 2021

USCIS announced that F-1 students seeking optional practical training can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online if they are filing under one of several categories.

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Attorneys, AILA Sue State Department for Unlawfully Refusing to Issue Visas Due to Certain Travel Bans

May 13, 2021

Attorneys Jeff Joseph of Joseph and Hall PC, Charles Kuck of Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC, and Greg Siskind of Siskind Susser PC, along with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, filed a complaint on behalf of scores of plaintiffs against the Department of State and Secretary Antony Blinken.

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OFLC Announces New Application for Prevailing Wage Determination

May 13, 2021

The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification revised its Form ETA-9141, Application for Prevailing Wage Determination, for use beginning May 3, 2021.

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CBP Reminds Carriers of LPR Boarding Policy

May 13, 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued guidance on March 5, 2021, for its Carrier Liaison Program on the current policy for boarding of lawful permanent residents.

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Tax Issues in Mergers & Acquisitions—A Roadmap

May 12, 2021

The process that organizations go through during the preparation, deal, and integration phases of an M&A transaction are fraught with tax issues. Learn how Fredrikson & Byron can help.

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