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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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State Department Issues Guidance on National Interest Exceptions for Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom and Ireland

DOS recently released guidance on national interest exceptions for travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom and Ireland. Certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders, academics, students and journalists may qualify for national interest exceptions under related Presidential Proclamations.

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Federal Judge Rules on DV-2020 Visas

A U.S. district court judge ruled in Gomez v. Trump that the Department of State intentionally misinterpreted the Trump administration’s entry ban by not issuing diversity visas.

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October Visa Bulletin Shows Major Movement in Employment-Based Cases; USCIS Applies Filing Date Rather Than Final Action Date to Certain Adjustment Applications

USCIS issued guidance the same day stating that the Filing Date, rather than the Final Action Date, applies to employment-based I-485 adjustment of status applications.

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ICE Proposes a Fixed Time Period of Admission and Extension-of-Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Students, Exchange Visitors, Foreign Media Representatives

ICE proposes to amend its regulations by changing the admission period of F, J and I individuals from duration of status to admission for a fixed time period.

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DOL Announces Permanent Adoption of Electronic Issuance of PERM Labor Certifications

The Department of Labor announced that it is permanently adopting the electronic issuance of PERM labor certifications to employers and their authorized attorneys or agents.

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CBP Publishes Notices Extending Travel Restrictions at Land Ports of Entry Between the United States and Canada, Mexico

CBP issued notices extending temporary restrictions on travel of individuals from Canada and Mexico into the United States along land ports of entry at the border. Such travel is limited to “essential travel,” as defined in the notice, effective through October 21, 2020.

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U.S. Revokes More Than 1,000 Visas for Chinese Students, Researchers

The revocations appear to result from President Trump’s proclamation in May 2020 suspending the entry of certain students and researchers from China.

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Attorney Bridget Penick Appointed to Merit Selection Panel

Fredrikson & Byron attorney Bridget Penick

The judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa have appointed Fredrikson & Byron shareholder Bridget R. Penick to its Merit Selection Panel.

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Attorney Karen Grandstrand Receives Concordia College Alumni Achievement Award

Fredrikson attorney Karen Grandstrand

As the college’s highest honor, the AAA is conferred upon alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and service to others.

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Question of the Day: COVID-Related OSHA Reporting Requirements

Do employers have any reporting requirements under OSHA with respect to COVID illnesses and death?

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