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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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SSA Resumes Issuing “No-Match” Letters

The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing notifications to employers identified as having at least one name and Social Security Number combination submitted on the wage and tax statement (Form W-2) that do not match SSA’s records.

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Enforcement of Unlawful Presence Memo Targeting International Students Temporarily Blocked by Federal Judge

A federal judge issued a nationwide order requiring USCIS to temporarily suspend the enforcement of a policy under which F-1/M-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors would begin to accrue unlawful presence as soon as they violate the terms of their visa status.

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E-2 Investor Visa Program Opened to Israelis May 1

Effective May 1, 2019, the E-2 investor visa program has opened to Israelis under a reciprocal treaty investor agreement signed between the United States and Israel.

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USCIS Responds to Congressional Letter Asking for Info on Backlog Causes

The letter asked the agency to explain the reasons for backlogged cases and how certain policies such as “extreme vetting” affect processing times and contribute to the backlog.

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Visa Bulletin Shows Slight Forward Progress in Some Backlogged Preference Categories

Regarding EB-1 for China and India, the bulletin notes a continued “extremely high rate of demand” that may require temporary retrogression until October.

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New USCIS Policy Guidance Clarifies Marijuana-Related Activities Bar

Certain marijuana-related activities generally bar naturalization even if they are decriminalized under applicable state laws

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USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020, Reaches Advanced Degree Exemption Cap

On April 10, 2019, USCIS used a computer-generated random process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for FY 2020.

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New Study Shows Companies Pay Billions in Job Training, Scholarships for U.S. Students Through H-1B Fees

The study by the National Foundation for American Policy also details how expensive it has become to petition for an H-1B professional.

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USCIS Launches Data Hub on H-1B Employers

The data hub allows the public to search for H-1B petitioners by fiscal year, NAICS code, employer name, city, state or zip code.

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USCIS Outlines Changes in InfoPass Appointment Process, Reducing In-Person Support

A goal is to limit in-person support to those who truly need assistance that can be provided only in person, the agency said.

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