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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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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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Immigration Issues on Capitol Hill – Will Anything Get Done?

February 21, 2018 | Blog | By Barbara Chin

It appears that the Republican controlled Congress and the Trump Administration cannot get anything done on the contentious issues of immigration.
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This is a follow-up to the Supreme Court’s decision on June 26, 2017 which allowed the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban affecting nationals of six designated Muslim-majority countries to be partially implemented until its hearing on the merits in the fall.
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This is a follow-up to the Supreme Court’s decision on June 26, 2017 which allowed the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban affecting nationals of the six designated Muslim-majority countries to be partially implemented until its hearing on the merits in the fall.
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Effective upon publication by the Federal Register on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authorized the one-time issuance of an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for Temporary Nonagricultural Workers through September 30, 2017.
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2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Begins Today

October 1, 2015 | Alert | By Douglas Hauer, William Coffman, Barbara Chin

On October 1, 2015, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017), also known as the Green Card Lottery.
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The Department of State (DOS) has revised certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visa fees. DOS has adjusted the visa fees in the following categories:

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate has recently begun implementation of an L-1 site inspection program in response to an August 2013 report released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) titled “Implementation of L-1 Visa Regulations.”
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