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Diamonds are Forever, But I Have a Theory that Roger Moore’s James Bond Killed the Three-Martini Lunch

May 27, 2021

Could the latest amendment to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 mark the return of the “three martini lunch”? Maybe, at least through 2022.

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Minnesota Appeals Court Clarifies Borrowers Entitled to Surplus After Foreclosure by Action

May 26, 2021

Deficiency judgments are common occurrences in mortgage foreclosures and typically arise when the amount bid at sale is less than the amount due on the mortgage debt. It is rare, however, when the amount bid at sale exceeds the mortgage debt.

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USCIS Will Accept Requests for Additional FY2021 H-2B Visa Numbers

May 24, 2021

On May 21, 2021, USCIS and DOL announced they will issue a joint temporary final rule on May 25, 2021, making available 22,000 additional H-2B visas for certain foreign national workers and U.S. businesses.

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USPTO Launches Additional Programs for COVID-19-Related Trademark Applications

May 24, 2021

The USPTO is launching a Pilot Prioritized Review Program for Appeals Related to COVID-19 where the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) will expedite the review and issuance of ex parte appeal decisions for applications examined under the COVID-19 Prioritized Trademark Examination Program.

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Can you electronically sign IRS Forms?

May 19, 2021

To alleviate burdens on taxpayers and their representatives, the IRS allowed temporary use of electronic signatures for a limited number of tax forms.

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President Biden Suspends Entry of Noncitizens/Non-LPRs Traveling From India; U.S. Mission in India Announces Limits on Visa Services

May 13, 2021

President Biden has issued a proclamation suspending the entry of non-U.S. citizens who were physically present within India during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States, with some exceptions.

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State Department Announces Global National Interest Exceptions to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

May 13, 2021

Students seeking to start studies in the fall, certain academics, journalists and individuals who provide critical infrastructure support in countries affected by a geographic COVID-19 restriction may now qualify for a national interest exception.

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USCIS Reverses Trump Policy, Instructs Adjudicators to Resume Granting Deference to Prior Determinations in Petition Validity Extension Requests

May 13, 2021

Effective immediately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updated its policy guidance to generally restore its 2004 instructions directing officers to defer to prior determinations of eligibility when adjudicating petition extensions involving the same parties and facts as the initial petition.

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State Department Announces Tiered Immigrant Visa Prioritization

May 13, 2021

On April 30, 2021, the Department of State announced a tiered prioritization approach to “triage” immigrant visa applications in light of reduced operating capacity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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