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US Department of State Issues Guidance on National Interest Exceptions to Visa Bans Under Presidential Proclamations 10014 & 10052

Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052 suspended the entry of certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants to the United States through December 31, 2020. Both proclamations provide exceptions for individuals whose entry to the U.S. would be “in the national interest” according to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees; however, the proclamations provided little […]

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Ban on Trusted Traveler Programs Reversed for New Yorkers

On July 23, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it has reversed the ban on New York residents from applying for membership and renewal to Trusted Traveler Programs. The ban was first implemented over six months ago and impacted roughly 80,000 New Yorkers. Now, New Yorkers are no longer prohibited from applying […]

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Trump’s Executive Order on the 2020 Census

On July 21, 2020, Trump signed an executive order declaring undocumented immigrants not be counted in the 2020 Census. The basis of Trump’s order stems from how a “person” is defined in the U.S. Constitution, which requires “persons in each State” to be counted in the census. What is the impact of the Census? The U.S. Census […]

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WGRZ Welcomes Berardi to Discuss Census & Immigration Law

Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, was invited by Buffalo’s WGRZ Channel 2 TV to join their Town Hall to provide insights on census and immigration law. Her segment starts around the 4m30s mark in the video and she comes on at roughly the 5 minute mark (you can go fullscreen after hitting the Play button […]

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How to Fix U.S. Immigration Once & For All

Every four years, the U.S. presidential candidates promise to “fix immigration.” And yet, they have all failed miserably despite their political affiliation. Why? To start, U.S. immigration law is a political nightmare. The current law, which hasn’t been changed since 1997, doesn’t accurately address the realities of U.S. labour needs of 2020. Despite this, no […]

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Department of State Confirms Phased Resumption of Visa Services via Tweet

In a mid-morning tweet posted on July 13, @Travel-Gov (Official Twitter for U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs) confirmed the following: “US embassies and consulates are beginning the phased resumption of routine visa services. The dates for each embassy or consulate will depend on local conditions. We are unable to provide details for […]

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Canada Day is approaching! Can I Travel to Canada?

In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders, as part of a North American approach to stop the spread of the virus. These measures were implemented on March 21, 2020 and were originally in place for 30 […]

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