Policy Updates

Immigrant Visa Ban Lifted, but Processing Capacity Remains Limited Due to Pandemic

President Joe Biden has lifted a freeze on green cards for new immigrants outside the United States that the Trump administration had put in place early in the pandemic. Claiming immigrants were a “risk to the U.S. labor market” in a pandemic-ravaged economy, the former President issued a Proclamation banning new Immigrant Visas (with limited […] Read more

Best Form I-9 Practices in the Age of COVID-19

As an employer, you must complete and retain a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification for everyone you hire to work for pay. For workplaces with remote operations due to the pandemic, the federal government has temporarily relaxed the in-person requirements involved in the Form I-9 process. However, you’re still required to fulfill your Form I-9 […] Read more

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

Deborah Notkin to Speak at New York State Bar Association Business Immigration Update 2019

BMK partner, Deborah J. Notkin, will be a presenter at the New York State Bar Association Business Immigration Update 2019.  Ms. Notkin will be presenting on the Immigrant Visas Part 1 (Business Immigration Visas) Panel. The program is scheduled for November 8, 2019 and will be located at the Convene Conference Center in New York […] Read more

Barst Mukamal & Kleiner partner, Alexis S. Axelrad, to speak at the Practicing Law Institute’s Basic Immigration Law 2020 Program.

BMK partner, Alexis S. Axelrad, has been invited to speak at the Practicing Law Institute as part of their Basic Immigration Law Program.  This program is scheduled to take place Thursday, February 6, 2020, live via webcast from PLI’s New York City Conference Center. Ms. Axelrad will speak on immigrant (permanent) visa categories, such as […] Read more
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