James A. Bach

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Law Offices of James A. Bach
 | 100 Bush St Ste 1980, San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-800-1562
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Business
Attorney Profile

James A. Bach is a top immigration attorney who has decades of experience providing innovative solutions to companies and individuals to obtain U.S. immigration status and green cards. Located in the heart of the San Francisco financial district, Mr. Bach assists business clients in obtaining H-1B, O-1, E, L  and other working visas for professional employees, and permanent resident status for a range of clients including  engineers, executives, and investors. He also assists those with extraordinary ability in the arts and sciences, doctors, professional athletes, and researchers to obtain visas and green cards in special immigration categories.

Mr. Bach has written and lectured extensively on immigration-related matters. His books include "The HR Manager's Guide to Immigration Law" and "How to Secure Your H-1B Visa". Mr. Bach has also delivered presentations to groups of fellow attorneys at continuing legal education seminars. Highly regarded by his colleagues, Mr. Bach has been certified as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, and has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He is a former chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission of The State Bar of California, and he has appeared various immigration tribunals and courts, including the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Bach received his Bachelor's from Dartmouth College and law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Case-by-case and over many years, Mr. Bach has achieved a reputation for service, success, and above all integrity - with the firm's clients and with the government agencies from which they seek immigration benefits.  

 
Practice Areas
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Immigration (100%): Naturalization & Citizenship

Focus Areas

Naturalization & Citizenship

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018

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White Papers

  • Optional Practical Training for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Majors: An Employer's Perspective (2016) - A summary of new OPT STEM regulations, to assist employers in preparing OPT extension applications without an attorney.

  • A Closer Look At Employment-Based Immigration: First Preference EB-1 (2009) - Analysis of priority immigration for managers of multi-national companies and those with extraordinary ability.

  • Labor Certification Strategies (2009) - Focus on labor certification strategies in developing minimum job requirements and evaluating U.S. job applicants

  • What Is An "Affidavit Of Support"? (2007) - Discussion of potential liability that can be incurred when submitting an affidavit of support.

  • A Lie Can Exclude You From the United States Forever (2007) - Focus on the permanent bar for immigrating as a result of a material misrepresentation

  • PERM Changes Labor Certification Procedure (2005) - Overview of labor certification procedures and the role of the labor certification in obtaining permanent residence status.

  • Portability: Can You Change Jobs Without Jeopardizing Your Immigration Status? (2005) - Analysis of the laws permitting "portability", or change of employers, for applicants for nonimmigrant and immigrant visas based on employment.

  • About James Bach

    Admitted: 1980, California

    Professional Webpage: http://www.immilaw.com/Attorney%20Profile.htm

    Honors and Awards:

    • Most Trusted Employment Law Attorney - California, Global Mobility Immigration and Logistics Awards, 2015
    • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registers of Preeminent Lawyers

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Immigration and Naturalization Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Commissioner, State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Immigration and Nationality Advisory Commission, 2012
    • Chair, Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 2011
    • Commissioner, State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Immigration and Nationality Advisory Commission, 2009
    • Fee Arbitrator, The Bar Association of San Francisco, 2008
    • Federal laws allow him to represent clients in immigration matters in All 50 States
    • Hawaii
    • California
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • Panel Speaker, Immigration Options After College Graduation, Dartmouth Lawyers Association, 2017
    • Sole Author and Panel Speaker, Effective Responses To Fee Disputes and Claims Of Malpractice, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Author, The HR Manager's Guide to Immigration Law, CreateSpace, an Amazon company, 2011
    • Lecturer, Avoiding Liability in H-1B Cases, Center For Continuing Education, 2011
    • Lecturer, Immigration Opportunities for the World's, Center for Continuing Education, 2011
    • Chair, Bay Area Lawyers Network (leading and coordinating the delivery of 9 MCLE approved lectures each year), 2017
    • Forum Moderator, InfoNet Forum on Advanced Issues for Immigration Attorneys, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2017
    • Lecturer, Bay Area Lawyers Network, Dartmouth Lawyers Association, 2001
    • Lecturer, "Remedies for Illegal Immigrants and their Employers", MCLE, 2001
    • Lecturer, "The Homeland Security Act of 2002", MCLE, 2002
    • Lecturer, "Overview of Employment-Based Immigration and PERM Regulations", MCLE, 2003
    • Lecturer, "Immigration Strategies for the Very Rich and the Very Poor", MCLE, 2004
    • Lecturer, "Dual Representation of Clients with Potentially Conflicting Interests”, MCLE, 2005
    • Lecturer, "Implied Attorney/Client Relationship and Withdrawal as Attorney", MCLE, 2006
    • Lecturer, "The H-1B Visa: Working Status for Professionals", MCLE, 2007
    • Lecturer, "The Current State of Social Security No-Match Letters", MCLE, 2008
    • Lecturer, "Family Immigration Overview", MCLE, 2009
    • Lecturer, "Immigration Based on Extraordinary Ability", MCLE, 2011
    • Lecturer, "An Anatomy of an I-9 Audit", MCLE, 2013
    • Lecturer, "Visa Options for Investors", MCLE, 2014
    • Lecturer, "Texas v. United States: Immigration Politics, Policy, and the Law", MCLE, 2015
    • Lecturer, "The Immigration Battle in the U.S.", MCLE, 2016
    • Lead Author, How to Secure Your H-1B Visa: A Practical Guide for International Professionals and Their US Employers, Apress, 2012

    Verdicts and Settlements:

    • In the Matter of MELTWATER NEWS US1, INC. Prevailing party in published precedent decision with nation-wide impact: U.S. Department of Labor, Issue Date: 16 July 2014 Appeal from Department of Labor Prevailing Wage Determination in connection with PERM labor certification, 2014

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    Educational Background:

    • Dartmouth College, Bachelor's degree, Major: Literature and Creative Writing, 1975
    Office Location for James A. Bach

    100 Bush St Ste 1980
    San Francisco, CA 94104

    Phone: 415-800-1562

     

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    Last Updated: 5/17/2018

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