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..

New York City SHRM 2018 Annual Legal Update

Join BMK LLP Partner Alexis S. Axelrad at the New York City SHRM’s Legislative and Legal Special Interest Group’s 2018 Annual Legal Update. The Update will be particularly interesting to Human Resource practitioners involved in labor, employment, and immigration law. Alexis will present on a variety of important immigration-related topics. Topics include the H-1B lottery, […] 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..

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 and Deborah Norkin 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..

Turkey US Immigration Update: Suspension of Nonimmigrant Visas.

On October 8, 2017, the United States suspended all nonimmigrant visa services at U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey.  The United States aims to reevaluate the security of its U.S. Mission facilities and personnel during the suspension.  The suspension has been implemented for an indefinite period of time. In response, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has suspended […] Read more..

USCIS & SSA Information Sharing Partnership

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in collaboration with the Social Security Administration (SSA) have established a new information-sharing partnership allowing for foreign nationals in certain categories to apply for work authorization and a Social Security number using an updated Form I-765. Previously, to lawfully work in the United States, applicants in certain categories […] Read more..

How to Respond to the Increase in H-1B RFEs

Each year, employers file H-1B petitions on behalf of Applicants during the first week of April for a proffered start date of October 1.  However, this year, an added hurdle has slowed the H-1B adjudication process.  As recently reported by Reuters, data shows that USCIS has issued 45% more Requests for Evidence (RFEs) for H-1B petitions […] Read more..

EB-5 Extension Through 12/8 Part of Congress/White House Spending Deal

Yesterday, Congress reached a deal with the White House that, once passed at some point this September, would extend existing funding levels and other program authorizations (such as EB-5) included on the last “continuing resolution” (“CR”) through 12/8/17. The EB-5 authorization comes in Section 105 text of the deal released yesterday which: Continues all authorities, requirements, […] Read more..

BMK LLP Founding Partner Steven S. Mukamal

It is with great sadness that Barst, Mukamal & Kleiner, LLP announces the passing of one of its founding partners, Steven S. Mukamal. On Wednesday, July 19th at 7:11 in the evening, Mr. Mukamal died suddenly at age 76 of complications related to end stage renal disease at Aventura Hospital with his wife Kathleen by […] Read more..