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The Public Charge Rule: How Nimble Is Your Immigration Program in Adapting to Sudden Changes?

Sponsor(s):  Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

The rapid pace of regulatory changes requires that your immigration program maintain its adaptability. The public charge rule took effect on Feb. 24 on short notice and significantly expands the types of public benefits that could disqualify certain nonimmigrants and immigrant applicants, as well as the types of personal information employees must disclose on their applications.

Using the public charge rule as an example, this webcast will examine how HR professionals can improve their response at the program level when the government implements new regulations, directives or other changes to the way it adjudicates immigration petitions and applications.

You will learn:

  • What new information does the public charge rule require applicants to disclose?
  • Has your company calculated the added costs in dollars, time and risk involved in complying with the public charge rule?
  • How quickly was your program able to react and adapt to the public charge rule? Were you able to assess which employees will be affected by the new disclosure requirements and set expectations accordingly?
  • How can you use your experience with the public charge rule as a springboard to look at your immigration program and assessing its agility in responding to sudden regulatory and adjudicatory changes?

CE Credit (fees may apply):  CRP GMS

The Speakers

Senior Counsel

Martin R. Robles-Avila

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

Marty is Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. He works on the full spectrum of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant matters, including crafting appeals, motions to reopen and reconsider, and responses opposing government challenges, such as requests for evidence and notices of intent to deny. Prior to joining BAL, he was an accomplished immigration litigator, working independently and for several boutique immigration firms in Texas, Louisiana, and California.


Carla Tarazi

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

Carla Tarazi is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Carla formulates and implements comprehensive immigration programs, delivering real solutions to real challenges for some of the largest multinational Fortune 500 companies. She provides strategic direction and implements best practices for clients in the information technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries. Carla focuses on all aspects of employment-based immigration, policy design and program management to align with clients’ global business objectives. She and her legal teams enable global mobility professionals to optimize their companies’ worldwide immigration programs. Carla is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and she has spoken at both regional and national AILA conferences on employment-based immigrant visa issues. Carla has also served on the AILA/California Service Center Liaison Committee; and she has served as a member of the San Francisco Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program which provides pro bono legal services. Carla speaks French and Arabic.