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..
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..
BMKLLP immigration lawyer, Alexis S. Axelrad, will be a panelist at PLI’s 50th Annual Immigration & Naturalization Institute. This event will offer an outstanding faculty of leading practitioners who will discuss recent developments, key immigration trends, and hot topics. It will take place on December 6th and December 7th, 2017 and will be located at the […] Read more..
Alexis S. Axelrad of BMKLLP will be speaking at The AILA RDC EMEA Fall 2017 Conference. This event will take place from November 12 through November 15, 2017. For more information, please visit the AILA RDC EMEA website here. Read more..
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..
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..
What is EB-5? The EB-5 Program, launched in 1990, has been stimulating the U.S. economy by offering Conditional Permanent Residence to immigrant investors who create jobs for U.S. workers. The program has undergone many seismic shifts since its inception, which, combined with lengthy processing timeframes, has caused confusion and misinformation regarding the program to spread. […] Read more..
Leveraging her extensive knowledge and experience in the field of immigration law, BMK LLP partner Deborah Notkin recently served on an expert immigration panel during a two-day New York State Bar Association seminar. Entitled “U.S. Immigration Law – Where are we Now?” the seminar aimed to address a rise in legal questions resulting from a […] Read more..
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a notice of proposed rule-making to be published on January 13, 2017 to amend the regulations in relation to the employment-based, fifth preference (EB-5) immigrant investor classification and associated regional centers. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to modernize the EB-5 program. DHS will accept comments […] Read more..