DHS Temporarily Shuts Down H1-B Program

by admin on March 7, 2017

The stall will delay the visa program by 6 months

Source: http://www.uscg.mil/ 

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the fast track processing of H1-B visas will be temporarily shut down.

According to Breitbart, Homeland Security officials have requested DHS chief John Kelly to shut the “premium processing” loophole for six months which will, according to employers and U.S immigration lawyers,  likely delay approval of H-1B visa requests for months.

The decision has brought about mixed reactions and comes four weeks before the deputies were required by law to quickly distribute roughly 65,000 more H-1B visas.

Employers and companies have slammed the decision because the visa program allowed for U.S. and foreign companies to import cheap white-collar contract-workers into the U.S. labor market.

However many viewed the H1-B program as a measure designed to take jobs away from Americans.

Canceling the H1-B visa program has been one of Trump’s major campaign promises.  “I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program,” he said in a March 2016 statement. “No exceptions,” he added.

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Indonesia Amends Trademark Law

by admin on December 6, 2016

The law hopes to boost trade of Indonesian products in international markets

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Lexology reports Indonesia’s trademark law has been amended to enhance “trademarks in line with international conventions and standards” and to boost the creative economy development as well as the trade of Indonesian products in international markets.

Thailand’s leading trademark lawyers assist in registration and enforcement of trademark and copyright in Thailand

The changes under New Trademark Law include, as reported by Lexology;

  1. “Introduction of Non Traditional Marks. The New Trademark Law introduces protection to Non Traditional Marks in the form of (a) Sound Marks, (b) 3D marks and (c) Hologram Marks.
  2. Simplification in the trademark application process whereby the New Trademark Law introduces minimum requirements for filing a trademark application.
  3. Changes in the trademark application procedures will be implemented.
  4. The New Trademark Law allows submission of a renewal application within 6 months after the end of the registration period.
  5. Introduction of heavier criminal sanctions, in particular with respect to trademark infringement that will endanger human health, the environment and will cause death.
  6. Provision on the protection of Geographical Indications.”

The law came into effect on November 27th.

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