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Category: Study In The US

  • Extension of Interview Waivers for Certain Nonimmigrants

    The Department of State (DOS) recently announced that it is extending its policy to waive in-person consular interviews for certain nonimmigrant applicants through December 31, 2023. Consular officers will have the authority to waive the interview requirement on a case-by-case basis for both first-time and renewing applicants. Individuals who hold the following nonimmigrant visa categories […]
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  • Premium Processing Expansions for Certain Visas

    On January 12, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is implementing its final phase of premium processing expansion for Form I-140, Immigration Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 preference categories. This final phase applies to all new (initial) petitions, in addition to all previously filed Form I-140 petitions […]
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  • Work Authorization for Students in the U.S.: Post-Completion Optional Practical Training [Part 3]

    If you’re a student in the United States, there are a few different ways you can get authorization to work. In this video, we’ll discuss the Post-Completion Optional Practical Training program for students with F-1 visas. We’ll cover who’s eligible, how to apply, and what to expect. This program allows students who have completed their […]
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  • DOS Updates Visa Appointment Wait Times Page

    The Department of State (DOS) has recently updated its Visa Appointment Wait Times page to include estimated wait times for nonimmigrant visa applications eligible for an interview waiver. After discussing concerns with members of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA), the DOS confirmed that it would review potential enhancements to provide more visibility to applicants. The additional fields […]
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  • Work Authorization for Students in the United States: Curricular Practical Training [Part 2]

    Are you a foreign student studying in the United States? Wondering how you can get work authorization? Watch this video to learn about Curricular Practical Training, a program that allows students to gain valuable work experience while still in school! This video will teach you everything you need to know about Curricular Practical Training, including […]
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  • Work Authorization for Students in the United States: Pre-Completion OPT [Part 1]

    Are you a student in the United States who is looking for work authorization? Watch this video to learn about pre-completion OPT, which can allow you to work while you are still a student! This video will explain who is eligible for pre-completion OPT, what the process is, and how long you can stay on […]
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  • Favorite Places: Semester at Sea

    In our Favorite Places series, our attorneys are share places they love to visit. Here, Partner Jennifer Behm talks about her wonderful experience spending a semester at sea. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, whether it’s universal visa services, a business/recreational B visa, and whatever other legal assistance you need, Berardi Immigration Law can […]
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  • Client Approval: H-1B Cap Exempt

    Watch Associate Attorney Erica Chiodo’s client approval story in the video below relating to an H-1B cap exemption. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We would love to hear from you.
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  • 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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