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Barbara Chin

Practice Group Associate

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+1.617.348.4405

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Barbara has advised clients on corporate and business immigration matters for 30 years and has served as counsel for domestic and international Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.

Before focusing on immigration law, Barbara served as assistant district attorney in Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Education

  • Boston College (JD)
  • Wheaton College (BA)

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Revisions to National Interest Exceptions to Schengen Travel Ban

May 12, 2021 | Alert | By Barbara Chin, John Quill

This alert reviews the Department of State’s updated guidance, issued March 2, 2021, on the National Interest Exception (NIE) waiver to the COVID-related travel ban affecting individuals traveling to the US from the Schengen Area, the U.K. and Ireland.
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The 2019 Public Charge Rule Is Removed by DHS

March 29, 2021 | Alert | By Barbara Chin

On March 9, 2021 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will no longer enforce the Public Charge rule that took effect on February 24, 2020. This alert provides background on the rule and reviews who is impacted by the change.
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District Court Sets Aside DOL and DHS H-1B Regulations

December 3, 2020 | Alert | By Barbara Chin, John Quill

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This Mintz immigration alert examines President Trump’s July 14 Executive Order and what it means for individuals holding Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) passports.
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the numerous travel bans and “shelter in place” orders which have been recently announced, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will extend certain filing deadlines by 60 days.
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Increased Challenges for the H-1B

November 25, 2019 | Blog | By Barbara Chin

Anyone who works in legal or HR and handles work authorizations for their employees will agree that hiring foreign nationals or international transfers has become much more difficult under the current administration and its interpretation of President Trump’s Hire America/Buy America (BAHA) Policy, which he issued by Executive Order in April 2017. The latest statistics issued by USCIS confirm the difficulty of processing H-1B Petitions over the past three years.
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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing Today for ALL H-1B Petitions

March 12, 2019 | Alert | By Barbara Chin

This alert covers the USCIS announcement that it is resuming Premium Processing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 for all H-1B petitions.
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According to the State Department August Visa Bulletin, the Employment Based First Preference Category (EB-1) Final Action Dates for “Priority Workers” will retrogress for the month of August 2018.
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