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..

BMK Partner Deborah J. Notkin Admitted to Practice Law Before the Connecticut Bar

For over 25 years, partner Deborah J. Notkin of Barst Mukumal & Kleiner, LLP has served as a distinguished immigration attorney in New York. As of June 30, 2017, Ms. Notkin has been admitted to practice law in the state of Connecticut by the Connecticut Bar Association. As a lead attorney of BMK’s PERM unit, […] Read more..

Human Resource Executive Names BMK Partner Deborah Notkin one of the Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys

Once again, partner Deborah Notkin of Barst Mukumal & Kleiner, LLP has been named by Human Resource Executive as one of the Top 20 Most Powerful Immigration Attorneys in the country. Now in its tenth year, the Guide to the Most Powerful Employment Lawyers is compiled by Lawdragon and recognizes the top 100 employment lawyers […] Read more..

EB5 Immigrant Investor Program

We’re pleased to inform you that our partner, Emre Ozgu, Esq., will be a featured speaker at the EB5 Immigrant Investor Program webinar on Thursday, May 4th. Mr. Ozgu will be participating in a conversation regarding recent news and and upcoming events in the EB-5 industry with thought leaders in the field, including Arda Beskardes, […] Read more..

Executive Order Update

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled Buy American and Hire American.  In the Hire American section of the order, the President has directed the Department of State (DOS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review current laws applicable to the H-1B […] Read more..