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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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Expansion of International Students Adjudicated Without In-Person Interviews

The DOS has authorized consular officers through the end of 2021 to expand the categories of F, M and “academic J visa applicants” whose applications can be adjudicated without an in-person interview in their consular district of residence.

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October Visa Bulletin Includes Outlook for Next Several Months

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for October 2021 includes information on potential movement in visa availability for the next several months.

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FY 2022 H-2B Cap Count Updated

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updated its “approximate” cap count for H-2B visas for fiscal year 2022.

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USCIS Extends Evidence of Status for Conditional Permanent Residents

USCIS is extending the time during which receipt notices can be used to show evidence of status from 18 months to 24 months for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status.

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Resolution to Fund Government Includes Provisions to Aid Afghans at Risk

The continuing resolution to keep the federal government open until December 3, 2021, was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden on September 30, 2021.

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Biden Administration Ordered to Hold Thousands of Diversity Visas Past Expiration

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta ordered the Biden administration to hold 7,395 diversity visas for lottery winners who were still awaiting processing when fiscal year 2021 ended and the visas were set to expire.

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DHS Publishes Proposed DACA Rule

Following a U.S. district court ruling in Texas, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a new rule on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on September 28, 2021.

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Croatia Designated for Visa Waiver Program

DHS, with the DOS, added Croatia to the list of countries eligible for participation in the Visa Waiver Program on September 30, 2021.

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Is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Right for Your Business?

Many business owners, especially owners who are thinking of selling their business, wonder if an ESOP is a good ownership transition option for them. The answer is not always easy to determine but an ESOP is something that should be explored.

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Attorney Lawrence Bender Elected Chair of the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s Board of Directors

Lawrence Bender, Fredrikson & Byron Attorney Lawrence BenderThe North Dakota Petroleum Council recently elected Fredrikson & Byron shareholder Lawrence Bender to serve a two-year term as the new chair of its board of directors.

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