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2015 Global Mobility Immigration and Logistics Awards - Most Trusted Employment Law Attorney - California



California State Bar Membership Confirmation

Member, United States Supreme Court

MCLE-approved Lectures by Mr. Bach:

"Immigration Opportunities for the World's Top Athletes, Artists, Performers, and Scientists"

"Avoiding Liability in H-1B Cases"

"Visa Options For Investors"

"An Anatomy of an I-9 Audit"

“The maze of immigration statutes and amendments is notoriously complicated and has been described as ‘second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.’ ”  Singh v. Gonzales, 499 F.3d 969, 980 (9th Cir. 2007).




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Law Offices of James A. Bach
Business & Family Immigration

Since 1990

Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Located in the heart of the San Francisco Financial District, the A/V rated immigration Law Offices of James A. Bach has decades of experience providing trusted legal services such as H-1B visas, labor certifications, EB-1 petitions, and the entire range of employment- and family-based immigration solutions.

Less than 8% of California immigration attorneys are certified by the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Less than 5% are selected by Super Lawyers.

Our firm represents both corporations and individuals in all aspects of immigration law, and is dedicated to providing the highest level of service and personal attention to each of our clients.  

Mr. Bach has been preparing H-1B and labor certification applications for several decades, and has been granted the highest A/V rating by Martindale-Hubbell.*  This rating “identifies a lawyer with very high to preeminent legal ability” reflecting “expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence” and “the highest professional and ethical standards.”  Mr. Bach is also included in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  While we appreciate this recognition, we also see it as a benchmark to live up to on a daily basis and in every single case. 

Mr. Bach is certified as a Legal Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and was one of the first certified specialists when the certification program was started.  Currently there are 179,000 active members of the California State Bar, and only 177 are Certified Specialists in Immigration and Nationality Law.  Mr. Bach is a past Chair of the California State Bar Immigration and Nationality Advisory Commission, responsible for writing and grading the immigration specialty exam for lawyers. 

The firm provides comprehensive counseling to businesses employing foreign-born professionals, families seeking reunification in the U.S. (including all types of marriage-based petitions and waivers), and complex analysis and solutions in all other areas of immigration and nationality law.  The firm's clients include multinational and local companies in a broad range of industries and sectors including all engineering fields, software, IT consulting, health care, biotechnology, colleges, architecture, financial services, publishing, manufacturing, construction, food services, and transportation.  Our expertise includes: 

·       Permanent residence (“green card”) based on PERM labor certifications.  Mr. Bach has been preparing labor certifications continuously since 1980.

·       Visas for H-1B professionals.

·       Blanket and Individual Petitions for L-1 intracompany transferees.

·       TN status for professionals from Canadian and Mexican.

·       E-3 Visas for Australians.

·       Comprehensive counseling and planning for high technology companies to provide immigration benefits to professionals and managers from all over the world.

·       Investor and import/export visas based on treaty (E-2 and E-1).

·       EB-1 permanent residence for extraordinary scientists, artists, athletes, and entertainers.

·       EB-5 permanent residence based on $500,000 investment in a "Regional Center."

·       Immigration based on $1 million investment in your own business.

·       Visas and permanent residence status for doctors, nurses and other health professionals.

·       J-1 waivers, H-1B status, and permanent status for primary care physicians working in medically underserved areas.

·       Labor certification for doctors who are not subject to the J-1 two-year return requirement.

·       The entire alphabet of temporary visas, including K, E, R, P, Q, and O visas.

·       Expedited green card status for "Transferring Managers and Executives."

·       Expedited Immigration for Outstanding Researchers and Professors (EB-1).

·       National Interest Waivers.

·       Representation in I-9 audits and investigations.

·       Marriage-based immigration, and immigration based on other family relationships.

·       Waiver of the J-1 two-year return requirement.

·       Labor certification, H-1B petitions, and L-1 cases in all fifty states.

·       Adjustment of Status applications in USCIS offices throughout the United States, and applications for Consular Processing of Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world.

·       Visas for professional athletes.

·       Waivers of inadmissibility, including waivers for alleged misrepresentation based on hardship to family members.

·       Naturalization.

·       Administrative appeals.

·       Immigration Expert Witness.

·       Litigation in all courts.

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We have practiced 100% immigration law at the same location since 2002:


Law Offices of James A. Bach

Shell Building

100 Bush Street, Nineteenth Floor

San Francisco, California 94104

(415) 248-3100 


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Visa Bulletin for September 2020

New H-1B Lottery System (Feb 2020)

Marijuana Use Can Defeat Immigration Applications (April  2019)

USCIS Now Accepts Credit Cards To Pay Filing Fees (Feb. 14, 2018)

USCIS Plans To End Employment Authorization for H-1B Spouses (Dec. 2017)

USCIS Rescinds Policy of Deferring to Prior Approvals (Oct. 23, 2017)

USCIS Announces Stricter H-1B Guidelines for Computer-Related Jobs (March 31, 2017)

Marijuana and Immigrants (Jan. 2017)

Know Your Rights If ICE Visits Your Home

New Rule Allows Start-Up Entrepreneurs To Remain In The U.S. (1/17/2017)

New USCIS filing fees (12/23/2016)

New USCIS regulations affect employment-based nonimmigrant status (11/18/2016)

USCIS Expands Waivers For Those Who Have Been Out Of Status (7/29/2016)

USCIS Issues Policy Memo Clarifying I-140 Portability (3/18/2016)

New Rule Extends STEM OPT To 24 Months

White House announces new immigration proposals (7/15/2015)

New DMV List of Docs for CA Driver License (6/30/2015)

Voting In A U.S. Election Can Get You Deported (May 7, 2015)

Some Spouses of H-1B Employees Will Be Able To Work (February 24, 2015) 

Undocumented residents will be able to get California Driver's License (beginning Jan. 1, 2015)

New US State Department Visa Fees (Sept. 12, 2014) 

How H-1B Limits Hamper U.S. Economy (June 5, 2014)

A Short History Of U.S. Immigration (Wall Street Journal, 9/20/2013)

New Automated Electronic I-94 Form

Deferred Action (DACA) for Undocumented Young Adults (September 2012)

Indians Seeking Visa Renewal May Not Need To Go To Interview (August 23, 2012)

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Parts of Arizona Immigration Law (June 25, 2012)

Dept. of State Explains Employment-Based Quota Backlog (1/12/12)

USCIS Makes It Easier For Entrepreneurs To Get Green Cards (8/2/2011)

I-9 FAQs (6/8/2011)

USCIS Launches New Site For I-9 Information (5/13/2011)

Cap Gap FAQs (4/1/2011)

ICE Enforcement Priorities (3/2/2011)

State Dept. Memo on L-1B Visa Eligibility (Jan. 2011)

"No Match Letters" (Nov. 2010)

U.S. Attorney Seeks Felony Convictions of Employers of Illegal Workers (4/15/10)

ICE Summarizes I-9 Investigations and Penalties 11/19/09

E-Verify Required for All Federal Contractors (9/1/09)

HIV No Longer A Bar To Immigration (7/1/09)

Spotlight on Immigration Reform (4/14/09 article in the Recorder, a legal newspaper)

Registration Requirements (ESTA) for Visa Waiver travelers

EAD Validity Increased To Two Years

Immigrants can report change of address online

State Dept. Issues Passport Guidelines For Visa Waiver Travelers (August 2006)


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