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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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Backlog Relief Actions, Expansion of Premium Processing, Relief for Work Permit Holders Announced

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a “trio” of efforts, including setting new agency-wide backlog reduction goals, expanding premium processing, and working to improve timely access to employment authorization documents.

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FY 2023 H-1B Cap Season Updates Announced

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released several updates related to the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap season.

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USCIS Again Extends Flexibilities for Responding to Certain Agency Requests

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is once again extending certain flexibilities through July 25, 2022, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors.

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Public Comment Period for Form I-9 Extension/Revisions Extended

The Department of Homeland Security invites public comments on its proposed extension and revisions to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, before it expires on October 31, 2022.

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E-Verify Records Disposal Date Extended to May 6, 2022

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will dispose of E‑Verify records that are more than 10 years old; E-Verify employers have until May 5, 2022, to download case information.

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‘X’ Gender Marker Available on U.S. Passports Starting April 11, 2022; State Dept. Updates LGBTQI+ Traveler Advice

Starting April 11, 2022, U.S. citizens will be able to select “X” as their gender marker on their U.S. passport applications.

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USCIS Updates Guidance in Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Professor or Researcher Visa Classifications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it has updated its policy manual, effective immediately, to align existing guidance on certain first preference immigrants with a recent manual update relating to nonimmigrants of extraordinary ability.

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Guidance Updated on Employment Authorization Class of Admission Codes for E and L Nonimmigrant Spouses

Agencies began issuing Form I-94, Arrival-Departure records, with new Class of Admission codes for certain E and L nonimmigrant dependent spouses who are employment authorized based on their status.

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E-Verify Releases New Case Features

E-Verify announced in an email sent March 21, 2022, that users can now close a case from the document upload page in E‑Verify by providing one of the following reasons.

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DHS to End COVID-19 Temporary Policy for I-9 List B Documents on May 1

The Department of Homeland Security announced that beginning May 1, 2022, it is ending the COVID-19 temporary policy for List B identity documents.

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