Berardi Services at the Peace Bridge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) encourages first time TN and L1 applicants to go to one designated ports of entry where applicants will receive optimized processing. There are fourteen total ports designated for optimized processing. This includes the Peace Bridge...
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Immigration and Extreme Weather: What to Know

Natural catastrophes, such as extreme weather, can affect the processing of your USCIS application, petition, immigration request, or USCIS appointment. USCIS has the discretion to take the following measures, upon request, if you have been affected by a natural catastrophe or other extreme situation: Extensions & Changes of Status You may apply for an extension or change of status due to a special situation, such as extreme weather, that prevented your planned and timely departure. USCIS has discretion to take into consideration how the special situation prevented your departure. If you do not apply for the extension or change of status before your authorized period of admission expires, USCIS may excuse the delay if it was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond your control.  Fee Waiver If you cannot pay the fee for a USCIS service or benefit due to circumstances directly related to extreme weather or a natural catastrophe, you may request a waiver of the fee for certain forms by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or submit a written request to USCIS. Appointment or Failure to Respond to a Request for Evidence  If you have not appeared for a scheduled interview or appointment or did not submit […]
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Fee Announced for H-1B Electronic Registration

USCIS announced yesterday the fee involved with the newly required electronic registration of H-1B cap petitioners. The fee is $10 for each electronic registration, and it is intended to recover the costs spent on the new H-1B registration system. The proposed fee for electronic registration is...
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Back to School: Tips for International Students

As summer break comes to an end for many F-1 international students, it is important to keep in mind a few tips for a smooth entry into the U.S. for the upcoming school semester.  What to Have Ready at the U.S. Port of Entry  When you re-enter at a U.S. Port of Entry, you should carry the following documents: Your valid passport; Your signed Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” from your SEVP-certified school you are attending;   Proof of financial support for the duration of your stay in the U.S.  This can be the same evidence used during your visa interview; Proof of payment for the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee; and Name and contact information of your designated school official (DSO).  What to Bring into the U.S.  It is also important to know what you can and cannot bring into the United States.  In addition to inspection at the U.S. Port of Entry, you must complete a CBP Declaration Form 6059B, which lets the CBP officer know what you packed.  Please refer to the CBP Know Before You Go page for more information as you prepare for your arrival in the United States. If you are flying, […]
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E-2 Visa Eligible Treaty Countries

The E-2 treaty investor visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows investors from treaty countries to work in the U.S. through their investment in a U.S. enterprise. To qualify for an E-2 visa, the enterprise must be bona fide and the investment must be a significant percentage of the value of the enterprise...
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What You Might Not Know About the E Visa

Those looking to invest in the U.S. or those who work for a business that is at lease 50% owned by citizens of the same treaty company may be eligible for an E Visa. Our office regularly helps owners and employees navigate their E visa options and have collected these important facts...
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First Time Entry with An Immigrant Visa

Whether you are pursuing a marriage based green card, immigrating for your work, or being sponsored by a family member, obtaining a visa to enter the United States can be a time-consuming, stressful, and frustrating process. Every step of the way...
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