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Barst Mukamal & Kleiner partner Deborah J. Notkin quoted in Bloomberg Law

Barst Mukamal & Kleiner partner Deborah J. Notkin has been quoted in Bloomberg Law. Read the full article, “Big Immigration Impact Could Come From Modest Deficit Proposal,” here. For over 25 years, partner Deborah J. Notkin has served as a distinguished immigration attorney in New York. Learn more about Ms. Notkin here. Read more..

Partial Government Shutdown 2019: Implication on US Immigration

The debate over border security funding continues as we enter the fourth week of 2019. There has been little to no sign of compromise or resolve between President Trump and Congress. Approximately 25 percent of government functions are currently shut down. How does this affect future and existing immigration cases? While the answer still remains […] Read more..

Recent USCIS Policy Memos on RFEs/NOIDs & Notices to Appear (NTAs) to Impact a Wide Range of Visa Holders

POLICY UPDATE Implications of USCIS Policy Memos concerning (1) Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens and (2) Issuance of Certain RFEs and NOIDs; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.5(a), Chapter 10.5(b) Two recent policy memoranda issued by the […] Read more..

USCIS Policy Change has Serious Implications for Students & Exchange Visitors in F, J, or M Status

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued policy guidance that changes the way it calculates unlawful presence for foreign students and exchange visitors in F-1, J-1, and M-1 nonimmigrant status, as well as their F-2, J-2, and M-2 dependents. Under the previously established policy, the accrual of unlawful presence for F, J, and […] Read more..

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 in order to understand this process and get organized to make your permanent residency through employment a success. From the applicant’s perspective, there are […] Read more..