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Category: Green Cards

  • USCIS Confirms Form I-693 Medical Examination Edition Date is Determined by Civil Surgeon’s Signature Date

    As of Friday October 1, 2021, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a new edition of Form I-693, the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.  This new version of Form I-693 requires all green card applicants to receive a full series vaccine for COVID-19. The new form is dated 9/13/2021 and as of October 1, 2021, USCIS will only accept the 9/13/2021 […]

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  • How To Get A Green Card

    Having a Green Card, officially known as a Permanent Resident Card, allows you to live and work permanently in the United States. Berardi Immigration Law’s Associate Attorney Zach Ahlstrom explains the two most common ways to get a green card in the video below. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We […]

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  • Virtual Zoom Weddings for Partners Living in Different Countries: Are They Recognized under U.S. Immigration Laws?

    In November 2020, Utah became the first state to allow virtual Zoom weddings for long-distance couples seeking to get married. This option is especially salient to cross-border couples who have been separated for the past year and a half due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. Utah’s marriage option is considered a proxy marriage and allows […]

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  • Green Card vs. Citizenship: Should You Keep Your Green Card or Become a U.S. Citizen?

    Here’s a question we get often. There are many advantages of becoming a U.S. Citizen. If you’re a Lawful Permanent Resident and are thinking about applying for U.S. Citizenship, contact Berardi Immigration Law today.

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  • Crossing the Border: Vaccinations & Testing Requirements for U.S. Entry

    Whether you’re entering the U.S. by land or air — or applying for Green Card status at the border – there are different testing and vaccination requirements. And they are changing regularly. Berardi Immigration Law is here to help. If you have any questions about testing or vaccination requirements for U.S. entry, feel free to […]

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  • CDC Requires COVID-19 Vaccination for Most Green Card Applicants Beginning October 1

    Beginning October 1, 2021, green card applicants will be required to establish that they have received a complete COVID-19 vaccine series in order to be deemed eligible for permanent residence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The COVID-19 vaccine has been added to the existing list of vaccinations already required of […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • What to do if you lost your Green Card but you’re eligible to Naturalize

    You’re approaching your fifth year as a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and decide it may be time to apply for U.S. citizenship, but to your dismay, you realize your Green Card is expired, lost or stolen, or even expired and lost.  You are now wondering if you are still eligible to naturalize or if you […]

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  • The Visa Bulletin: Final Action Dates vs. Dates for Filing

    Anyone waiting to receive an employment-based or family-based green card is likely already familiar with the visa bulletin. The visa bulletin is published by the U.S. Department of State each month and serves as a waiting list for foreign nationals whose immigrant visas are subject to a yearly quota. Because the number of green card […]

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  • EB-2 National Interest Waiver Green Cards

    The employment-based second preference immigrant visa (EB-2) is reserved for individuals holding advanced degrees or for those who possess exceptional ability. Generally, EB-2 petitions must be accompanied by an approved labor certification from the Department of Labor. That lengthy process, however, can be waived by requesting a National Interest Waiver (NIW). A NIW permits an […]

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