L-1 Case Summary 10.18.2018

Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli recently had an L-1A renewal application successfully approved by Customs and Border Protection at the Vancouver International Airport in Canada. This was our client’s second L-1A application. This case was unique because unlike traditional managers, our client managed a function of the company, rather than managing people. In the application we were able to prove that our client managed an entire sales division in the United States worth more than $1.9 million. This was a huge contribution to the company’s successful operations in the U.S. and we were able to argue that our client clearly has a managerial role with great responsibility. In this instance, our client lived on the West Coast and was unable to meet us Fort Erie in Canada in order to prepare for the submission. Rather, Gabriella had a very in-depth phone call with our client thoroughly reviewing her application and answering all of her last minute questions. Our client was successfully approved L-1A status for a three year period. If you are interested in working in the United States, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!

L-1A Case Summaries 10.15.2018

Last week, Associate Attorney Catherine Dines Kettner had two successful L-1A applications presented to Customs and Border Protection by our clients at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York. Both clients worked for the same company.  These applications were a bit different in terms of their corporate taxes. Often times, as a form of viable operations of both the foreign and U.S. entity, we will include tax returns. However, for tax purposes in this particular case, it appeared that neither entity had ongoing operations. Because of this, we instead included invoices and other documents as evidence of ongoing viable operations for both entities. Both clients had straightforward managerial roles and Catherine was able to detail this in the applications. Our clients met with our NAFTA Paralegal Sam Tiranno in Fort Erie, Canada immediately before presenting their applications. Sam went through the applications with them and answered all of their last minute questions. Both applications were successfully approved for the full length of time requested! If you are interested in applying for an L-1 application or have questions about it, please contact our office today!

L-1 Case Summary 10.08.2018

Last week, Associate Attorney Catherine Dines had a successful L-1A application approved by Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge, located in Buffalo, New York. The L-1A visa requires that the applicant hold a managerial or executive role. This application was a bit unique in that our client didn’t manage people but rather a function. As a functional manager, our client manages a large revenue stream of sales which is vital to the business in the U.S. After assessing our client’s role and job duties, Catherine determined that the L-1 application was the best fit. She drafted the application in full and stressed the importance of the functional manager role in the letter of support. Our NAFTA Paralegal, Sam Tiranno, then met our client in Fort Erie, Canada in order to prepare her for presenting her application to Customs and Border Protection. We are happy to report that our client was approved for the full three-year period requested. If you are interested in applying for an L-1A visa or have questions about it, please contact Berardi Immigration Law to set up a consultation today!

L-1 and TN Case Summary 09.28.2018

Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli recently had three cases that were all approved at the border. The first two were both L-1 applications from the same company. They were both high-level individuals who will need to periodically enter the United States in order to help set up a new division of the company. After Gabriella assessed their job duties and roles, she determined that the L-1 was the best fit. She fully prepared both applications and had a thorough phone call with them in order to prepare them for presenting their applications on their own in Champlain, New York. Both applications were approved for the full period requested. The TN application was for a management consultant. These applications can be very difficult as there is a lot of fraud in this particular category. We were able to prove that the applicant was indeed working on a project by project basis for a U.S. consulting company. She was also approved for the full requested period. If you are interested in applying for an L-1 or TN visa, please contact Berardi Immigration Law today toll-free at 1-877-721-6100!

L-1 Case Summary 09.18.2018

Berardi Immigration Law recently had another L-1 applicant success story! This application had several possible sticking points that made it a bit of a difficult application. The L-1A category is for executives or mangers, which typically involves the management of people and direct reports. However, in this application, our client was a functional manager, meaning rather than direct people, he directs an entire function of the business. The application was also a bit different in that, since the initial application, the company had a major restructuring. The financial structure of the company had also changed due to that restructuring. Lastly, the U.S. petitioning company had not yet filed tax returns for this year. Our Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli was able to overcome all of these issues in drafting the application. We are happy to report that our client was successfully approved for an additional three year period. If you have questions on the L-1 visa category or would like to learn more about it, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!

L-1 Case Summary 09.17.2018

Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli recently had a successful L-1A application at the border. This application was unique in that the applicant had spent almost the full time allotted in L-1A status in the United States. The L-1A visa allows applicants to remain in the United States for a full seven years. Our client presented her application at the border in order to obtain that remaining time. In the application, we explained that our client had recently had a promotion, explained the number of direct reports she has in the states, and detailed her robust job duties in her managerial role. After presenting the application to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, NY, she was successfully approved for the remaining time in L-1A status. If you are interested in applying for L-1 status or would like to learn more about it, please contact our office to schedule a consultation today!

TN Case Summary 09.10.2018

On September 10, 2018, our NAFTA Paralegal Sam Tiranno met two of our clients in Fort Erie, Canada in order to prepare them to present their TN applications to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. The applications were fully prepared by our Associate Attorney, Catherine Dines Kettner. One of these TN applications was very unique. Generally, when submitting a TN application, the application is submitted by a U.S. Petitioner. In this case, however, a Canadian company petitioned for the beneficiary to enter the U.S. in order to perform prearranged activities for U.S. entities. Specifically, the beneficiary was a Management Consultant engaged to provide prearranged consulting services through his Canadian consulting company. Both TN applications were successfully approved by Customs and Border Protection for the full time requested. If you are interested in applying for a TN visa, please be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law today!