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Author: David Lewis

  • Client Approval: Canadian L-1B Work Permit at the Border

    Immigration attorney Erica Chiodo shares a client approval story. The client was looking for help with her L-1B renewal. We scheduled a prep call with the client to ensure a smooth experience. And we’re happy to report she was granted a three year renewal. If you need help to apply for status, contact Berardi Immigration […]

  • Supreme Court Issues Opinion Regarding Temporary Protected Status

    On June 7, 2021, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling and stated that certain individuals who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) may not qualify for Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR). In Sanchez v. Mayorkas, the Court concluded that individuals who entered the US illegally and subsequently gained legal status through the TPS program are not […]

  • DHS releases Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization

    On July 2, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the “Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization”. This strategy was developed in response to President Biden’s Executive Order No. 14012, which required government agencies to work together to improve and promote naturalization in the United States. The purpose of this new strategy is to remove […]

  • NIEs Automatically Extended for 12 Months

    On July 6th 2021, the Department of State released guidance confirming that, “existing National Interest Exceptions (NIE) will be valid for 12 months from the date of approval and for multiple entries, as long as they are used for the purpose under which they were granted.” The 12-month extension applies retroactively to all existing NIEs […]

  • What’s Going On At The Canadian Border?

    This week, the Canadian government announced the first step towards re-opening its international borders. Through a positive lens this is the first steps towards easing the restrictions that have been in place since March 2020. Through a more pointed lens, no plan or targets were announced which has led to outcries of frustration on both sides of […]

  • A Path Forward for the Canadian Border?

    The Canadian border has been restricted since March 2020. For the last 16 months or so, all inbound travellers (essential travellers or returning citizens/permanent residents) to Canada have been subject to a mandatory 14 day isolation period, in addition to testing requirements. In February 2021, the Federal Government introduced the mandatory “hotel quarantine” which required […]

  • The Name Change Process for Naturalized Citizens

    The United States offers several different processes for people to legally change their name. There are different procedures that must be followed based on your citizenship or immigration status. In addition, many states have different rules governing name changes. For example, some US states do not even require native US citizens to file with the government […]

  • Phased Reopening to the US-Canadian Border

    On Wednesday, Canadian authorities announced a phased reopening of the U.S.-Canadian border. No official schedule or start date has been released, but once implemented, this will represent the first opportunity for non-essential travel across the border in over a year. It is anticipated that the first phase will loosen the 14-day mandatory quarantine period for […]

  • Lawsuit Challenges Using Wages as an H-1B Selection Factor

    A lawsuit has been filed in the D.C. District Court which challenges a final rule affecting the H-1B lottery process. This rule would give preference to H-1B applicants who make the highest salaries in their respective field. Those who filed the lawsuit, as well as those who support it, claim this rule is unfairly advantageous […]

  • DHS Issues Final Rule to Remove Vacated H-1B Rule from Code of Federal Regulations

    On May 19, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule which removes constraints put on H-1B applications from the 2020 interim final rule “Strengthening H-1B Non-Immigrant Visa Classification Program.” What is an H-1B Non-Immigrant Visa? The H-1B is a visa available to individuals who wish to work in a specialized occupation […]