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Category: Study In The US

  • Canadian Post-Graduate Work Permit Extension

    Will foreign students still get to stay in Canada post-graduation? Our Canadian immigration lawyer is here with some answers. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We would love to hear from you.
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  • H-1B and OPT Considerations for Graduating International Students

    For many international students studying in the United States, there are quite a few options to stay in the country after graduation and work to gain experience. International students attending U.S. colleges and universities must have an F-1 visa to attend and can gain practical experience in their degree field after graduation by applying for […]
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  • What is “Cap Gap” and Are You Eligible?

    Qualified F-1 foreign student visa holders who are transitioning to an H-1B work visa may be able to extend their status and work authorization beyond the period initially authorized with a Cap Gap Extension. Since new H-1Bs do not become available each year until October 1st, students whose F-1 status ends between April 1st and […]
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  • Biden Administration Announces New Policies to Attract STEM Talent to Work in the U.S.

    U.S. immigration agencies and the Biden Administration are working together to provide new guidance, policies, and incentives to attract and retain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree holders to bolster the U.S. workforce. These goals are consistent with President Biden’s goal of removing barriers to legal immigration as evidenced by Executive Order 14012, Restoring […]
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  • Immigration Help for Those Affected by Natural Disasters

    USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by a natural disaster, such as the recent tornadoes in Kentucky and surrounding states. To seek relief because of a natural disaster, you must still file any regularly required USCIS form(s) for your specific request, and then explain how the natural disaster created a need for the […]
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  • Crossing the Border: H-1B for Students

    If you’re an international student studying in the U.S. and want to stay in the country after pursuing higher education, one option is to apply for an H-1B visa. In the video below, Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli tells us about current caps for H-1B, the lottery process, and recent trends. You can learn more […]
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  • Major Changes for Canadians Flying Into the United States

    U.S. vaccination requirement for air passengers worries Canadians with mixed vaccines U.S. currently doesn’t recognize people with some COVID-19 vaccine mixes as being fully vaccinated. Find out more in the video below and check out this related article from the CBC. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We would love to […]
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  • Crossing the Border: Updates to the H-1B Category

    A federal judge has ended a Trump administration regulation designed to make it difficult for international students to gain H-1B status. The H-1B program allows companies and other employers in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and […]
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  • USCIS Policy Change Regarding Change of Status to F-1

    Historically, USCIS has only approved applications requesting a change to F-1 status if it falls within 30 days of the program start date listed on the applicant’s Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status (Form I20). As such, USCIS has required nonimmigrants who are applying for a COS to continuously apply for and obtain nonimmigrant […]
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  • 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 […]
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