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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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Temporary Travel Restrictions to Canada and Mexico

On December 22, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued two notices extending temporary travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and applicable to land ports of entry and ferry service between the United States and Canada, and between the United States and Mexico.

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Ninth Circuit Rejects USCIS Reasoning on H-1B Computer Programmer

The Ninth Circuit ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ denial of a visa for a computer programmer on the basis that it was not a “specialty occupation” was arbitrary and capricious, and the Circuit  remanded the case.

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USCIS Issues Lockbox Updates re Recent Delays

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that its lockbox facilities “have received a significant increase in filings in recent weeks.”

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Cato Institute Proposes 30 Deregulatory Actions for Biden Administration

The Cato Institute recommended 30 deregulatory actions for the Biden administration to consider, to “lessen the costs of America’s outdated immigration laws.”

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USCIS Pauses ‘Blank Space’ Rejection Policy

As a result of litigation challenging USCIS’s blank-space rejection policy, where the agency rejected applications because of blank spaces, USCIS agreed to pause implementation of the rejection policy starting December 24, 2020.

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USCIS Issues DACA Guidance Under Court Order

Following litigation related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that resulted in a U.S. district court order issued December 4, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released guidance effective December 7, 2020.

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TPS ‘Document Validity’ Extended for Six Countries

DHS is automatically extending the validity of temporary protected status-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras and Nepal for nine months from the current expiration date of January 4, 2021, through October 4, 2021.

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No Change in Spring 2021 Guidance for International Students

A spokesperson for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that spring 2021 guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic for international students in programs in “hybrid” or online modes will remain the same as before.

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IRS OK’s Deductions for PPP-Funded Expenses

The IRS has officially reversed its prior guidance and will allow a federal income tax deduction for expenses paid with a forgiven PPP loan.

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Former Minnesota State Senator Jeff Hayden Joins Fredrikson & Byron

Jeff Hayden, Fredrikson & Byron Government Relations Specialist Jeff HaydenHayden brings the perspective of an experienced State Senator with a demonstrated history in the government administration industry to his government relations and policy work.

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