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USCIS Extends, Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for Certain H-1B Petitions – Increases Premium Processing Fee

September 24, 2018

USCIS announced that it is extending the temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions and, beginning September 11, 2018.

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EB-1 Green Cards Backlogged Worldwide

September 24, 2018

The DOS announced that the worldwide limits on the highest-preference green cards, EB-1s, were reached for the fiscal year.

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USCIS Revises Final Guidance on Unlawful Presence for Students and Exchange Visitors

September 24, 2018

USCIS has published a revised final policy memorandum related to unlawful presence after considering feedback received during a 30-day public comment period.

 

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USCIS Now Accepting Copies of Negative O Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions

September 24, 2018

USCIS has begun accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to a current or future O nonimmigrant visa petition request.

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Batter Up! Patent Practitioners Need Various Pitches When Facing Final Rejection

September 12, 2018

Similar to players in baseball, patent applicants, when given more paths to choose from, can have greater potential for success.

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Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program to End September 28, 2018

September 10, 2018

Individuals or companies with undisclosed foreign financial assets or income have until September 28, 2018 to enter the IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program.

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The Current State of De Novo Bank Charters

September 4, 2018

The number of FDIC-insured institutions in the U.S. was at 5,670 as of March 30, 2018, down from 8,534 as of December 31, 2007. Over the past five years, 1,292 institutions have been absorbed by mergers and 63 have failed. Another factor behind the reduced number of institutions, however, is the small number of de novo banks.

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Latest Privacy Laws Provide Expanded Protections

September 4, 2018

Community banks are no strangers to privacy and data security laws. The latest trends in privacy laws, however, are not limited to certain industries, and they include privacy rights for consumers that could have a significant impact on how companies treat customer information.

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What to Expect Under the New FinCEN Beneficial Ownership Rule

September 4, 2018

The May 11, 2018, implementation deadline for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s Beneficial Ownership Rule has now passed, and there are fundamental changes in the daily customer due diligence obligations of banks and other financial institutions.

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Suspension of Premium Processing Extended Beyond Cap-Subject H-1B’s

August 29, 2018

Beginning September 11, 2018, USCIS has announced that it will be expanding the temporary suspension of premium processing beyond cap-subject H-1B petitions to include certain additional H-1B petitions. 

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