H-1B employees brace for regulation eliminating spouses’ right to work

The Trump Administration is expected to propose a regulation that would take away the right to work of H-1B workers’ spouses, which will impact the ability of companies to attract foreign workers to high cost-of-living locations like Silicon Valley. Currently, spouses of certain H-1B workers who are already in line for a green card are
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BAL Backgrounder: Immigration Policy Guidelines for Global Mobility Professionals

All employers who send employees across international borders—whether to engage in business activities, carry out short-term assignments, or for long-term relocation—benefit from having a written immigration policy that covers the legal and practical issues of global travel and international relocation. A written policy helps compa­nies meet duty-of-care obligations, prevents border issues and detainments, and ensures
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Global Trends Report: Immigration Compliance & Enforcement

Around the world, governments, regardless of political persuasion, are stepping up compliance by more strictly enforcing their existing immigration laws. Increased fines, penalties, and criminalization of unauthorized working and expanded audit activities are more often focusing on companies—rather than workers—for illegal hiring, improper or invalid documentation, failure to complete mandatory procedures and other immigration infractions.
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2019 Immigration Law Firm of the Year – Continuing to Pursue the Exceptional

This November, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” named BAL the “Immigration Law Firm of the Year” for 2019. While this is the first time BAL has received the award, the achievement recognizes our quiet leadership in immigration law over the last several decades. The recognition caps a particularly extraordinary
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‘Public charge’ rule would have widespread impact

The Department of Homeland Security has published a proposed rule that would expand its ability to deny visas or green card applications on the basis of a “public charge” determination. Specifically, the regulation would broaden the types of public assistance that could render an individual inadmissible. The rule is currently open for notice and comment until
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BAL Named “Law Firm of the Year” in the Immigration Law Category for the 2019 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) LLP, one of the world’s largest immigration law firms, has been named “Immigration Law Firm of the Year” by US News – Best Lawyers®. Only one law firm per legal practice area receives this recognition, making the award a significant achievement. BAL has also received a First Tier ranking in
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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP Named “Law Firm of the Year” in the Immigration Law Category for the 2019 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

DALLAS, November 1, 2018 – Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) LLP, one of the world’s largest immigration law firms, has been named “Immigration Law Firm of the Year” by US News – Best Lawyers®. Only one law firm per legal practice area receives this recognition, making the award a significant achievement. BAL has also received
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Green Card Tip: Get the Medical Done Before Filing for Adjustment of Status

Employees often wonder whether they absolutely must obtain the required sealed medical exam by a certified U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services doctor prior to filing their adjustment-of-status application. While it is not absolutely required, we strongly recommend “yes” to getting it done before they file their application. Many are aware that USCIS guidelines allow for the
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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP Expand US Presence with Opening of New York City Office

Firms collaborated to move NYC-based immigration team from Epstein Becker Green to Berry Appleman & Leiden, giving clients on-the-ground support in the New York area DALLAS, October 2, 2018 – Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) LLP, one of the world’s largest immigration law firms, is expanding to New York City (NYC) through the addition of
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The end of H-1B premium processing: heightened anxiety and uncertainty for employers and employees

The government’s recent decision to suspend premium processing for H-1B cap petitions until February—effectively spelling the end to expedited service for most H-1B cases for the rest of this year and part of next—is more than a small processing tweak. It will exact a substantial toll on businesses and their employees by removing their ability to control
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