BAL Backgrounder: UNITED KINGDOM – Upcoming Election, Immigration State-of-Play and Look Ahead to 2020

Voters in the United Kingdom will head to the polls for a general election on Dec. 12. Brexit is the predominant issue in the election, and immigration, a key component of Brexit, promises to be a contentious issue at the polls and beyond, as the U.K. moves forward with plans to leave the European Union
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The talent pipeline: why U.S. companies should worry about declining foreign student enrollment

Foreign student enrollment at U.S. universities is on the decline for the first time in more than a decade. New enrollment of foreign students at U.S. universities dropped by 1% in the 2018-19 school year, 7% in 2017-2018, and 3% in 2016-17.1 This year, U.S. business schools saw a 13.7% drop in foreign student applicants,
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How does immigration law protect children from “aging out” of the employment-based green card process?

By Stephen D. Parker With continued unpredictability in the ever-growing green card immigrant visa backlog, employees are often concerned about their children turning 21 during the process and “aging out.” Children are typically included as “derivative” beneficiaries on their parent’s permanent residence process, and immigration law defines a child as unmarried and under 21. But
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BAL White Paper: Best Practices—How Healthy is Your Immigration Program?

In an increasingly complex and volatile U.S. and global immigration environment, assessing the health of your global mobility program is key. A successful immigration program is more than a set of policies that move people from point A to point B. In a successful immigration program, all parts are working together toward your company’s business
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Will the Supreme Court resurrect DACA? A 73-year old federal law will decide

By Martin Robles-Avila The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Nov. 12 about whether the Trump administration acted lawfully when it terminated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that has benefited roughly 700,000 Dreamers. Courts have kept DACA on life support and have required the government to continue accepting renewal applications while the
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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP Expands Tech Presence with Opening of Silicon Valley Office

Expansion into Santa Clara offers tech clients on-the-ground support in Silicon Valley DALLAS, Oct. 17, 2019 – Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) LLP, one of the world’s largest immigration law firms, is expanding its presence in the U.S. through the addition of a new office in Santa Clara, the heart of Silicon Valley. BAL is already
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Understanding the ebbs and flows of the green card backlog

Your employee’s visa priority date has become current and she has completed her medical exam, background check, fingerprints, and a visa interview. More than a year passes, and she still has not received her green card. What is the hold up? The most likely reason is visa bulletin retrogression. Because of annual green card quotas
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Heading to Burning Man? Don’t light up your immigration case.

This week, tens of thousands of people will flock to the Nevada desert to attend the Burning Man festival—an annual international attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world looking to take in the desert environment, artistic expression, and spectacular costumes. Locally, however, the event is also known for being a venue where the drug
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Twelve Berry Appleman & Leiden attorneys named “Best Lawyers in America” by Woodward White, Inc., for 2020

Best Lawyers recognized twelve Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP lawyers as “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2020. The BAL attorneys listed by Best Lawyers are: David P. Berry, San Francisco, Calif. (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2006) Kari Blackman, Houston, Texas (Recognized in Best Lawyers) Roberto D. Caballero, Houston, Texas (Recognized in Best Lawyers
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