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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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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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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Requests for evidence: Should employers expect a curveball this cap season?

Just as barbecue and baseball are sure signs of summer, in the immigration world, decisions on H-1B cap cases are hallmarks of the summer months. While most companies will receive either an approval or rejection, a great many employers will also receive another type of notice: a request for evidence, or RFE. RFEs have surged
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US immigration officials are interested in your employees’ social media activity. Here’s why you should be too.

Employers in today’s workplace regularly review a potential candidate’s online profiles when making a hiring decision. Much like the modern job seeker, visa applicants should now expect the same screening from the U.S. government. Thanks to a new section the State Department has quietly added to the online visa application form (DS-160), the U.S. government is
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