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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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April Visa Bulletin Notes Movement in Many Employment-Based Categories

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for April 2019 notes that Final Action Date movement in many employment-based preference categories continues to be greater than might ordinarily be expected. This is anticipated to continue for at least the next few months.

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DOL Updates H-2A, H-2B Allowable Charges and Reimbursements

DOL announced an annual update to: (1) the allowable charges that employers seeking H-2A workers in occupations other than herding or production of livestock on the range may charge their workers when the employer provides three meals per day; and (2) the maximum travel subsistence meal reimbursement that a worker with receipts may claim under the H-2A and H-2B programs.

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Trump Administration Announces Extension of Liberian DED ‘Wind-Down’ Period, EADs

President Trump has extended the wind-down period for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for certain eligible Liberians for an additional 12 months, through March 30, 2020.

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Trump Administration Plans to Close USCIS International Operations

USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna told senior staff that the agency’s International Operations Division, which operates in more than 20 countries, will be closed down. The duties of those offices will be transferred to U.S. embassies and consulates and to domestic U.S. offices.

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Fredrikson & Byron Earns 100 Percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s LGBTQ Workplace Equality Scorecard

Fredrikson & Byron received a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

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Amazon’s Project Zero Initiative Seeks to Place Brand Owners in Control

Brand owners recently gained a new weapon for their arsenal in the ongoing fight against counterfeit products sold on online marketplace giant Amazon.com.

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U.S. Attorney Required? USPTO Proposes New Rule that Would Require Foreign Trademark Applicants to be Represented by a U.S. Attorney

The USPTO recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposing to amend the Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases to require all applicants, registrants and parties to be represented by a U.S. attorney.

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Premium Processing Resumed

USCIS resumed premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions.

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Trump Administration Moves Ahead on Reversing H-4 EADs

On February 20, 2019, the Trump administration sent a proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review that would halt work authorization for H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders in the United States.

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Trump Administration Increases Scrutiny, RFEs for H-1B Petitions

According to statistics released by USCIS, the percentage of H-1B cases with requests for evidence has greatly increased. 

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