Policy Updates

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

Barst Mukamal & Kleiner Attorneys Are Listed as Super Lawyers

BMKLLP is pleased to announce that three of our distinguished partners have been selected as Super Lawyers in the New York metro area for immigration again in 2018. Deborah J. Notkin, Alexander G. Rojas, and Alexis S. Axelrad are recipients of this honor due to their deep expertise, outstanding dedication, and advocacy on behalf of […] Read more

Deborah Notkin is recognized as one of the top 20 Business Immigration Attorneys in the US

Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP is pleased to announce that Ms. Deborah Notkin has been recognized as one of the Top 20 Business Immigration Attorneys in the United States by Human Resource Executive.  HRE is the premier publication focused on strategic issues in HR.  It is written primarily for vice presidents and directors of human […] 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

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

Register for the Diversity Visa Lottery Starting October 18, 2017

The Department of State closed the Diversity Visa (DV) entry period for Fiscal Year 2019 which began on October 3, 2017 due to a technical issue.  Entries which were submitted between October 3, 2017 and October 10, 2017 are not valid and the Department of State has excluded these entries from the lottery system.  However, […] Read more

Alexis S. Axelrad to present EANYC Harvard Club Luncheon, US Immigration Policy and Travel Update

BMKLLP immigration lawyer Alexis S. Axelrad will be presenting the following program: US Immigration Policy & Travel Update: discussion of the latest US Immigration law trends and policies impacting US employers, their employees and families. This will include a discussion of the increase in compliance and enforcement for all workers, proper completion and maintenance of […] Read more
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