BAL is #1 on Law360’s Diversity Snapshot

Dallas, Sept. 3, 2020 –BAL has earned the #1 spot on the 2020 Diversity Snapshot by Law360, leading the legal industry on diversity and inclusion in yet another national ranking. BAL tops all other law firms of its size, scoring 98.85 out of 100 in Law360’s influential annual analysis of law firm diversity. “We are
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Employers More Likely to Fight Visa Denials Amid Pandemic

Even before COVID-19, companies were facing an increasingly challenging immigration environment as the Trump administration has tightened eligibility for common visa categories for high-skilled workers over the past three years. Denial rates for immigration petitions have now reached record levels. The pandemic has led to entry restrictions on travelers from more than 30 countries, and
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Supreme Court Ruling

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful and must be vacated. DACA was created under the Obama administration in 2012. President Trump announced the termination of the program in September 2017, but federal court injunctions
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The Legal 500 ranks BAL Tier 1 and Declares the Firm ‘At the Top of the Immigration Legal Market’

Dallas, June 11, 2020 – Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL) has earned the top “Tier 1 ranking” among all immigration law firms in the country per The Legal 500.  “BAL is widely considered to be at the top of the immigration legal market,” declared The Legal 500, which analyzes and ranks law firms worldwide.
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Meet “Ellie” – the First-of-Its-Kind Immigration Chatbot

Dallas, April 28, 2020 – Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL) is pleased to introduce an immigration chatbot to help demystify complex legal definitions and immigration concepts. The chatbot, who goes by the moniker “Ellie,” represents another first as BAL continues to lead the industry in using innovative technology to enhance the client experience. Ellie takes
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BAL Earns Prestigious ‘CIO 100’ Award for Innovative Use of Intelligent Automation in Immigration Services

Significant investment in AI and automation maintains BAL’s position as the technology and innovation leader in immigration law Dallas, April 7, 2020 – Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL), the leading immigration law firm in the world, will be honored at this year’s CIO 100 Symposium for its work bringing innovative AI and automation technology
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Ask Congress, Not Courts, For Immigration Reform

Ask Congress, Not Courts, For Immigration Reform The presidential race has brought heightened attention to immigration policy. One of the most important immigration issues has been quietly playing out in the courts and few people have noticed. Yet this one issue will have a ripple effect across the U.S. economy. In approving the Trump administration’s
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Green card interview tip: Expect questions about social media profiles

When I prep employees for their green card interview, I give them a list of do’s and don’ts: dress businesslike, speak clearly, and look the interviewer in the eye; don’t overshare or attempt to answer before you understand the question. A new warning now tops my list: be prepared for questions about social media accounts.
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Trump’s policy on H-4 spouses: A waiting game fewer are willing to play

The Trump administration’s policies toward H-4 spouses—delaying their work authorization while preparing to eliminate their work rights altogether—are disrupting the lives of high-skilled workers and the businesses that employ them. For over a year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been working to reverse the 2015 regulation that allows a subset of H-4 spouses to
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