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Author: Jeff MacArthur

  • "Ready Lane" at Peace Bridge Speeds Inspection Process

    With the spring travel season upon us, we would like to remind you that Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) offers a “Ready Lane” to certain individuals. Motorists possessing Radio Frequency Identification (“RFID”) technology-enabled passports, enhanced drivers licenses, new permanent resident cards, and NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST program cards implanted within WHTI travel documents, may take advantage […]
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  • "Ready Lane" at Peace Bridge Speeds Inspection Process

    With the spring travel season upon us, we would like to remind you that Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) offers a “Ready Lane” to certain individuals. Motorists possessing Radio Frequency Identification (“RFID”) technology-enabled passports, enhanced drivers licenses, new permanent resident cards, and NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST program cards implanted within WHTI travel documents, may take advantage […]
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  • WHTI – Approved Border Entry Documents

    The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative establishes document requirements for travel by land or sea into the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Travel between the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands is not affected. The goal of the initiative is to strengthen border security while making entry into the United States for […]
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  • My Conviction has been Pardoned. Why am I still Inadmissible?

    Many people who have been convicted of crimes in their past are ultimately granted pardons by their government.  They are under the impression that a pardon “wipes their record clean.”  This is not the case however, for U.S. immigration purposes. Under U.S. immigration regulations, judicial expungements do not eliminate criminal convictions.  Further, an individual who […]
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  • CIS Now Accepting H-1B Petitions for FY 2013

    Effective April 2, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“CIS”) began accepting H-1B Petitions for fiscal year 2013 which begins on October 1st. CIS will consider cases “accepted on the date that CIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee.”  (As opposed to the date a petition may be postmarked or delivered to […]
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  • Easing the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Process

    Berardi Immigration Law, and our clients share the goal of an expedient and successful visa application process.  Achieving this vision relies on a myriad of factors, most importantly the expectations and requirements of the respective U.S. Consulate or Embassy. It is often difficult to navigate the varying information contained on Consular websites and nearly impossible […]
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  • Authority of CBP Agents: Oh Yes They Can!

    At ports-of-entry Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) Agents have the authority to search people and their personal affects such as purses, luggage, computers and vehicles.  This rule may also apply to outgoing traffic of people who are departing the United States.  CBP Agents do not need a warrant or even reason to suspect an individual […]
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  • Case Study: L-1A Status Granted to Canadian Executive

    Recently, Berardi Immigration Law was retained by a high-level Canadian executive who was stopped by CBP at the pre-flight inspection in Toronto.  This individual, who had been entering the U.S. once or twice a month was aggressively questioned in secondary inspection and missed his flight.  Reluctant to attempt entry again, he was unable to appear […]
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  • Traveling with Children

    Because of the ever-increasing incidents of child abductions in disputed custody cases as well as child pornography and abuse, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) recommends that unless a child is accompanied by both parents, a statement be provided which grants permission to individuals traveling with their children. While CBP may not necessarily ask for this type of […]
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  • One Year Admission to the U.S. for Unmarried Domestic Partners

    CBP has recently provided guidance on the admission of unmarried, cohabitating domestic partners of nonimmigrant aliens coming to work or study in the U.S. An individual presenting a valid passport and B-2 visitor’s visa who is accompanying a nonimmigrant alien entering the U.S. in long-term status for employment or study reasons should be admitted to […]
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