BAL has embraced information technology to make immigration processing more efficient and immigration programs more effective. We have built our own technology platform, Cobalt®, discussed below, and our Technology Solutions Department develops customized applications of Cobalt and other technologies for many BAL clients.  We are avid proponents of the application of IT to the global immigration challenge, and are constantly pushing the envelope to use technology to make programs more efficient and more effective for our clients around the world.


Through Cobalt, we have created the premiere platform for global immigration management, providing automation for usability, speed, and quality. Additionally, Cobalt provides advanced features that enable operational excellence (including security) throughout the global mobility process.

Cobalt offers many benefits to our clients and to BAL:

-The industry’s first mobile immigration application, enabling anytime, anywhere case management across Android and iOS devices
-A secure, cloud-based platform that is ISO/IEC 27001 certified
-An intuitive, user-friendly interface
-Powerful and easy-to-use case management
-Highly configurable and adaptable user-centric questionnaires
-“Smart” document assembly processes that automate the creation of form-based documents
-Modular and robust digital interfaces for exchanging data between common immigration systems (e.g., HRIS, I-9)
-Flexible and open architecture that accommodates changes
-Secure messaging for easily collaboration when dealing with sensitive personal and corporate information
-Reporting capabilities that support on-demand report creation to identify insights and track statuses and trends

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GlobalChek® Plus

Our proprietary global migration tool determines when travel activities may be accomplished as business and when those activities require issuance of a work permit. GlobalChek Plus draws upon our network of lawyers and consultants around the world to produce current and regularly updated visa information. GlobalChek Plus is tailored to your specific reasons for travel, travel policies, and risk tolerance level.

Benefits of GlobalChek Plus include:

-Automates sophisticated immigration assessment, both ensuring compliance and accelerating immigration actions
-Provides insight into short-term business travel through extensive logging and reporting
-Resides on the same platform as Cobalt for ease of integration and dynamic case initiation
-Allows you to customize content for purposes, outputs, and initiations that are specific to your culture and business needs.