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Family-Based Immigration: FAQs

Family-based immigration continues to be the primary vehicle used to gain U.S. citizenship and lawful permanent residence. Both citizens and legal permanent residents, commonly called LPRs, have the lawful right to sponsor others for visas if they meet the family member criteria under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Currently, family visas, or “Green […] Read more..

Family-Based Immigration: The Current Environment

Family-based immigration continues to be the primary way people gain lawful residency in the U.S., but recent policy shifts and potential future changes to the system have made the process increasingly worrisome for those contemplating this process. For example, during fiscal year 2016, more than 800,000 people — upwards of 70 percent of all immigrants — […] Read more..

Attorney Alexis S. Axelrad Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary at Barst Mukamal & Kleiner

One of New York’s top immigration attorneys celebrates 20 years of dedicated service. Alexis S. Axelrad joined Barst Mukamal & Kleiner two decades ago, starting her career with the firm as a writer of the second edition of the firm’s treatise on US Immigration law. At one of New York City’s most well-established immigration law […] Read more..

Permanent Residency Through Employment: An Introduction

Permanent Residency through Employment can be a daunting undertaking for even the most organized immigrant trying to gain a green card  in the United States. Take some tips from BMK LLP Senior Associate Samuel Newbold in order to understand this process and get organized to make your permanent residency through employment a success. From the […] Read more..

Our own Sam Newbold discusses H1-B and EB-5 with Floyd Mitchell of EB5 Investor Portal

The EB-5 Visa program is an increasingly popular way for immigrants from India to procure a Visa. On this recent podcast from EB-5 Investor Portal, LLC, Barst Mukamal & Kleiner, LLP’s own Sam Newbold discusses H1-B and EB-5 Visas with a focus on India with Floyd Mitchell of eb5eb5.com. One of the big questions for […] Read more..

DHS Update: New Regulations Affecting H-1B Workers Being Considered

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reportedly considering new regulations that would limit the ability of H-1B workers who are in the lawful permanent residence (LPR) process to obtain an extension of their H-1B status beyond the usual six-year limit of authorized stay pursuant to AC21 (The American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act). […] Read more..

Clem Turner and Samuel Newbold Named to 2017 Top 25 EB-5 Attorneys List by EB5 Investors Magazine.

Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys Clem Turner and Samuel Newbold have been named to the list of the 2017 top 25 EB-5 lawyers in the country by EB5 Investors Magazine. According to the publication, attorneys are selected through a careful process of EB-5 community member votes, input from EB5 Investors’ […] Read more..

BMK Attorneys Highlighted in New York Law School Magazine

The most recent issue of New York Law School Magazine features information regarding the establishment’s high-profile work in immigration law and features their network of alumni who lead in all areas of this critical and ever-changing field. BMK immigration attorneys Alexis Axelrad, Deborah Norkin, and Samuel Newbold are highlighted within the issue. You can view it here. Read more..

Have you recently received a RFE from the USCIS? Here’s what you should do.

There has been an uptick of RFEs being issued by  United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) under the Trump administration. RFEs, or Requests for Evidence, refer to a formal request by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requiring employers to provide additional evidence related to the petition they filed on behalf of […] Read more..

USCIS Policy Update affecting Virtually all Nonimmigrant Classifications Filed using Form I-129.

USCIS has issued updated policy guidance this week which directs officers to apply the same level of scrutiny when adjudicating both initial petitions and extension requests. The updated policy guidance applies to virtually all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129. Previously, officers were to give deference when a petition had been approved and an extension […] Read more..