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Updates & Events

Recent News and Events

Fredrikson & Byron strives to provide clients current business developments and legal updates. See the list below for our most recent updates and events.

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“Chicago Mix:” Generic or Trademark?

The heat is rising in a battle that pits small popcorn manufacturer Candyland, Inc. against industry giants Cornfields and Snyder’s-Lance. 

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The United States and China Reach Agreement to Extend Visas for Short-Term Business Travelers, Tourists, Students, and Exchange Visitors

During his recent visit, President Obama announced that the U.S. and China have reached an agreement to extend the visa validity of visitor visas.

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Handling Procedures Related to Entry of Foreigners for Short-term Work Tasks in China

On January 1, 2015, Handling Procedures Related to Entry of Foreigners for Short-term Work Tasks (for Trial Implementation) took effect. 

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State Dept.’s NVC Is Now Handling All Domestic Visa Inquiries

The National Visa Center (NVC) has begun handling all domestic email and telephone inquiries from the public on nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases.

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USCIS Revises Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker

Starting on May 1, 2015, USCIS will accept only the October 23, 2014, edition of the I-129.

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State Dept. Anticipates Visa Number Movement in Some Employment-Based Categories

Forward movement is possible in some employment-based categories in the coming months.

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DHS Considers ‘Known Employer’ Program To Aid Business Travel

DHS expects to launch a pilot by late 2015 to test the program.

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DOL Announces 2015 H-2A Adverse Effect Wage Rates

The 2015 AEWRs, broken down by state, range from a low of $10 (Alabama) to a high of $13.59 (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota).

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USCIS Adds Five Countries To H-2A, H-2B Visa Program Participation

The Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal, and Sweden were added to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs for the coming year.

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President Announces Thaw in Relations with Cuba

The measures President Obama announced included, among other things, initiating discussions to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, and facilitating an expansion of travel.

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