Consul General's Award
Kenneth J. Harder -Mr. Harder is the head of the immigration section of the law firm of Dunbar Harder, PLLC. He has been practicing immigration law for over twenty five years. Mr. Harder has a JD degree and an LL.M. degree in International Economic Law from the University of Houston Law Center. He is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law and a distinguished member of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Advisory Council. As well, he is an esteemed member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee.
Most importantly, he has contributed and shared his vast immigration expertise by providing extensive immigration services to foreign companies and foreign nationals, particularly companies and citizens from the U.K.
In this regard, Mr. Harder provided critical immigration information for the British Consulate’s website. By providing the Consulate’s website with information regarding U.S. immigration options and corresponding requirements, U.K. companies, seeking to establish a presence in the U.S., were able to prepare more comprehensive and realistic marketing and business plans.
In addition, by providing educational seminars for Scottish trade delegations visiting Scottish Development International (“SDI”) offices in Houston, Mr. Harder has taken a leadership role in advancing relations between the U.K. and the United States. To further promote trade and business between the U.K. and the United States, Mr. Harder offers initial pro bono consultations to British companies referred by the BABC, the SDI and the Energy Industries Council of the U.K. These initial pro bono consultations frequently offer far more than just immigration advice, Mr. Harder also provides British companies with assistance in finding competent legal advice on corporate law, banking facilities, and other business related services. This information and assistance is exceeding helpful to British companies both prior to the initial formation investment, as well as after the company is formed and seeking growth opportunities. Moreover, Mr. Harder has consistently provided immigration advice and guidance to various British delegations during the annual Offshore Technology Conference.
He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the British American Business Council and has devoted considerable time in promoting and advancing the interests of U.K. companies in the Houston area. For example, Mr. Harder traveled to the U.K. to meet with U.S. Consular Officers in London to discuss the difficulties caused by the overly burdensome Treaty Investor requirements on U.K. investors attempting to form and grow businesses in the U.S. By highlighting the negative implications these requirements had on U.K. businesses, Mr. Harder was pivotal in convincing the U.S. Consular Officers, adjudicating Treaty Investor applications, to reconsider their previous positions and practices.
This type of behind the scene work combined with his financial supported for the British American Foundation of Texas gala events, the BABC website sponsor and the sport shooting day for Energy Industries Council of the U.K. exemplifies Mr. Harder’s dedication and generosity in contributing to enhancement of U.K. U.S. relations. As a member of the ExPats Society, Mr. Harder realizes the importance and significance of assisting both British businesses and, most importantly, the employees during formation and transition phases. There is no question that Mr. Harder’s work, in helping British companies, the British employees and their family members, has improved experiences, bottom lines and lives in the community