President Biden Takes Significant Actions on Immigration Reform on Day One

The inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden heralded a significant shift in U.S. immigration policy. On his first day in office, the President signed five immigration-related executive actions, presidential memoranda, and agency directives and sent a sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress. In broad strokes, here’s a round-up of the President’s executive actions and the […] Read more..

How to Apply For an I-751 Petition (Removal of Conditions on Residence) After Divorce

A divorce causes tremendous upheaval under normal circumstances, but if your green card is conditioned on your marriage, the situation may seem more stressful and hopeless. But take heart: If you wish to remain in the United States, you may still apply to have the conditions on your residence removed. When permanent residence is contingent […] Read more..

U.S. Citizenship Test Gets Longer, More Complicated

The civics test to become a U.S. citizen just got more difficult.   To be approved  for U.S. citizenship through naturalization (N-400 Application), applicants must take a civics test to show their knowledge and understanding of American government and history, as well as an English test to demonstrate basic understanding of the language. Those naturalization […] Read more..

Proposed change to H-1B visa program would make it harder for U.S. employers to hire recent grads

A proposed rule change to the H-1B visa program would limit U.S. employers’ ability to hire recent foreign graduates of U.S. advanced degree programs and other entry-level workers from abroad. The modification would impact the process by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects the registrations of U.S. employers looking to file H-1B visa […] Read more..

Court to Decide Whether DOL Had “Good Cause” to Push IFR Through

The Department of Labor (DOL) pushed through a new rule that would make it considerably more expensive for employers to hire highly skilled foreign nationals. The Interim Final Rule (IFR), which impacts wage standards in the H-1B and other visa programs, was instituted October 8, 2020, without any preceding public notice and comment period to […] Read more..

Getting Around the Travel Bans to Get Where You Need To Go

International travel in the age of coronavirus is more complicated than ever. Because of pandemic-related travel bans, travelers face major challenges when journeying in and out of the United States and many other countries. Some people must travel, however, such as when there is a critical business issue or the death or illness of a […] Read more..


On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Proclamation suspending entry into the United States for certain employment-based nonimmigrant visa holders. The Proclamation is effective June 24, 2020,and it suspends such entry until December 31, 2020, pursuant to INA §§ 212(f) and 215(a), with exceptions as outlined below. The Proclamation also extends to December 31, […] Read more..


The quickly evolving COVID-19 public health emergency has had an undeniable impact on daily life worldwide. BMK continues to monitor these unfolding events and assessing issues that may impact our clients. Through this website, the firm will provide ongoing updates concerning such impacts including travel restrictions and related protocol, agency closures, and immigration benefit compliance […] Read more..

Barst Mukamal & Kleiner partner, Deborah J. Notkin, to Moderate Webinar at 2019 Trends in PERM and BALCA Cases: What You Need to Know

BMK partner, Deborah J. Notkin, will be moderating a Webinar for the American Immigration Lawyers Association entitled “2019 Trends in PERM and BALCA Cases: What You Need to Know” later this month. This program is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, live via webcast, at 2:00 pm ET with a 90-minute duration. Ms. […] Read more..