Date: 6 April 2022
Time: 5:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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Worldwide: Employment-Based Green Cards: Current Issues & Processing Trends for Companies and Foreign National Employees

Green card processing continues to be backlogged, causing lengthy wait times, unpredictability and added stress for foreign nationals applying for U.S. permanent residency. With an unusually high number of employment-based green cards allotted this year due to unused visas during the pandemic, what should companies and employees anticipate this fiscal year? 

What is the outlook for Visa Bulletin movement this year? What are the policy and legislative proposals aimed at reducing green card wait times? What steps can the State Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services take immediately to reduce backlogs, streamline processing, and ensure that they use all of the available green cards?  

Join us for a timely update on the employment-based green card process. Hear from two BAL immigration attorneys, both former attorneys with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, on how companies should plan and budget for their green card programs and support their employees, and what employees in the green card process should expect.

Kelli Duehning

Kelli Duehning is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Kelli joined BAL after a 17-year career with the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) where she headed the agency’s legal strategies in the western U.S. Kelli currently leads BAL’s I-9 Practice, advising clients on immigration compliance and program strategy.

Steve Plastrik

Steve is a Senior Associate at BAL. As part of the Government Strategies team, he advises clients on a range of topics, including compliance with H-1B worker regulations and policies, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudication trends, and issues presented by mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate restructuring. Steve enjoys the complexity of immigration and likes to dive into the details to understand clients’ immigration programs and better address their needs.

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