Despite the closure of U.S. Embassies and Consulates due to the pandemic, visa retrogression which delayed the issuance of work permits and Green Cards for most of the year, and an immigration process that changed daily, BDV was still able to accomplish a great deal within this past year.
In 2020, 319 of our clients were granted approval of their I-140s, 107 Green Cards were granted to main applicants (and hundreds of approvals for their dependents), 620 Labor Certifications were approved, and 188 of our clients were hired by an employer. These statistics reflect our perseverance and dedication to our work in the face of whatever challenges we faced. We also played an integral role in delaying harmful immigration proposals, such as the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act.
In the past four years, we have dealt with the Muslim Ban, proposed student visa restrictions, limits on postgraduate work opportunities, the increase in visa denials and processing times and more than 400 immigration changes that the Trump Administration enacted. Yet through it all, BDV has been the leading consulting company in EB-3 unskilled positions. This year alone, we added four new employees (Mariam, Holly, Isaiah, and Huma) to BDV as we continue to grow, improve, and adapt.
In this New Year, we are more confident than ever that we will continue to assist our clients navigate an ever-changing immigration landscape. We have hope for improved immigration opportunities for both our clients and our partner employers with the incoming Biden Administration and we hope, above all, that the pandemic will end. Whatever happens though, BDV will be here for our clients and for our employers every step of the way.
Britt Vergnolle, CEO