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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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Flexibilities Extended for Responding to Certain USCIS Requests

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS is extending to September 30, 2021, previously announced flexibilities to assist applicants, petitioners and requestors responding to certain requests.

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CBP Continues Temporary Travel Restrictions From Canada, Mexico Into United States via Land POEs and Ferries

Temporary limits on nonessential travel of individuals from Canada or Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the border, including ferry service, will continue through July 21, 2021.

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Labor Department Announces H-2B Application Filing Timeline for 2021 Peak Filing Season

The three-day filing window to submit an H-2B Application for Temporary Employment Certification requesting a work start date of October 1, 2021, will open on July 3, 2021.

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H-2B Employer Data Hub Launched

USCIS launched the hub to provide information to the public on employers or agents petitioning for H-2B workers.

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Final Action Dates Advance in Visa Bulletin for July; Possible Expiration of Employment Fifth and Regional Center Visa Categories Noted

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for July includes advances in final action dates for China and Vietnam. The bulletin also notes that because there has not yet been legislative action to extend the EB-5 program, final action dates for the I5 and R5 categories are listed as “Unavailable” for July.

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USCIS Reports on FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registration Process

USCIS reported that the H-1B cap electronic registration process was “again well-received by users, who provided a high satisfaction score with the system for FY 2022 (4.87 out of 5).” USCIS received 308,613 H-1B registrations during the initial registration period and selected 87,500 registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2022 numerical allocations.

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Vermont Service Center Address Changes

As of June 25, 2021, the Vermont Service Center will no longer receive any incoming mail at the St. Albans, Vermont, facility, which is being decommissioned. Mail sent to the previous address will be forwarded for one year.

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USCIS Updates Policies to Improve Immigration Services: Expedited Processing, RFEs/NOIDs, EADs

USCIS issued new policy updates to clarify the criteria and circumstances for expedited processing; improve guidance for requests for evidence and notices of intent to deny; and increase the validity period for initial and renewal work authorization documents for certain noncitizens with pending adjustment of status applications.

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I-9 Guidance Released for H-2B Workers Seeking to Change Employers

USCIS issued guidance on the Form I-9 Employment Authorization Verification process, for H-2B workers seeking to change employers.

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Support Animals, Eviction Moratorium Phaseout, and More in Minnesota’s New Omnibus Housing Bill

Landlords will want to pay close attention to the requirements found in this new law before filing any residential evictions.

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