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Author: Jeff MacArthur

  • Transgender Individuals: Adjudication of Immigration Benefits

    CIS issued a policy memo on April 10, 2012 providing guidance on the assignment of appropriate gender designations on immigration documents issued to transgender individuals and the adjudication of applications involving transgender marriages. ]]>
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  • KCC Set to Conduct Unannounced Audit of NIV Petitions

    DOS Decides to Create Base Petitioner Record for All First Time Petitioners Lack of information in the USCIS Computer Linked Information Management System (CLAIMS) has resulted in a Department of State decision to create a “base petitioner record” for all first time petitioners.  The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) has begun the process of creating these […]
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  • Persistence Pays Off

    Berardi Immigration Law’s Universal Visa Services Division was recently retained by a production company that needed to secure a nonimmigrant visa appointment for one of their key personnel on an expedited basis. ]]>
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  • Tips for KCC Telephonic Reviews of Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions

    Click here for background information on this topic. These preparation tips are similar to those offered in our previous article: H-1B Visa: Unannounced Site Inspections Expected to Increase Five-Fold in 2010 Proper preparation of employers in the event of an unanticipated site visit or telephonic interview is important.  Please ensure that the designated representative from your company is […]
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  • H-1B Visa: Termination of H-1B Employment

    If an employer terminates an H-1B employee before the end of that employee’s period of authorized stay, the employer is responsible for “reasonable costs” of return transportation of the employee to his or her last country of residence.  Further, regulations require notification to USCIS “immediately.”  This notification is required whether the termination was voluntary or […]
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  • The H-2B Category: A Brief Overview

    The H-2B is designated for foreign workers to come to the U.S. temporarily to perform nonagricultural services or labor on a one time, seasonal, peak-load or intermittent basis. ]]>
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  • Is the U.S. Truly "Open for Business"?

    On March 22, 2012, a letter was sent to President Obama by a number of organizations representing a variety of industries and small, medium and major corporations expressing their concerns about the recent increase in requests for evidence and denials with respect to the L-1 visa category.  The Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of State and […]
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  • Case Study: L-1B Previously Denied at Service Center Later Approved

    Berardi Immigration Law successfully implemented a long-term strategy in order to secure L-1B, specialized knowledge status for an individual whose petition had been previously denied by CIS at a service center. ]]>
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  • Letter to President Obama Regarding L-1 Processing at CIS Service Centers

    Letter-to-president-Obama.pdf <<click on text to view letter.
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  • CIS Rolls Out New Notices of Action (Form I-797C)

    CIS has recently began issuing Notices of Action (Form I-797C) with a new look and feel.  The form will now be printed on plain bond paper, which should save the agency more than $1 million annually and will prominently include the disclaimer “THIS NOTICE DOES NOT GRANT ANY IMMIGRATION STATUS OR BENEFIT.” ]]>
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