L-1 Case Summary 10.11.2019

One of applicants applied at the Derby Line point of entry in Vermont.  The first time applicant managed teams in the U.S. and Canada.  Our team overcame the challenge of establishing the affiliation between the two teams, including translating voluminous documents and highlighting what information from those the documents was important for the case.  Attorney Sarah Michalek shares how our team was successful, and the applicant was promptly approved.

L-1 Renewal Case Summary 10.11.2019

Attorney Sarah Michalek tells us a bit about a recent applicant’s success at the border. The applicant was a long time L-1A holder, and our team was able to show that he was within the limits for days spent in the U.S., had permanent ties to Canada, and that he held a managerial role. Border officers granted a three year approval!

TN Case Summary 07.31.2019

Associate Attorney with Berardi Immigration Law, Zach Ahlstrom, recently had a successful TN application presented by one of our clients to Customs and Border Protection located at the Peace Bridge port of entry in Buffalo, New York. This client was applying under the Graphic Design designation. In order to qualify under this designation, the beneficiary must possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field. The applicant had a Bachelor’s Degree in  the Fine Arts from a U.S. institution. The applicant provided a description of prior work experience and was approved for the TN visa. If you are interested in pursuing a TN visa, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!

TN Visa Case Summary 07.17.2019

Associate Attorney with Berardi Immigration Law, Zach Ahlstrom, recently had a successful TN application presented by one of our clients to Customs and Border Protection located at the Peace Bridge port of entry in Buffalo, New York. This client was applying under the Economist designation. In order to qualify under this designation, the beneficiary must possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, or another related field. Our client had a Bachelor’s Degree in commerce.

While the beneficiary’s degree was not specifically in economics, we were able to highlight in our client’s transcripts the many economics, finance, and economics courses that they had in fact completed. All of these courses related directly to the prospective Economist job position.  Our client was approved TN status for the full three-year period.

If you are interested in pursuing a TN visa, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!

TN Visa Case Summary 07.05.2019

Zach Ahlstrom, an Associate Attorney here at Berardi Immigration Law, recently had a successful TN-visa application presented to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Peace Bridge located in Buffalo, NY. The applicant was applying for a job in the U.S. as an economist. Generally, with an economist designation, an applicant has to show that he or she has a bachelor’s degree in the related field. In our case, the applicant had a degree in commerce.

Although it was not specifically in economics, we were able to obtain an approval of this application by highlighting the specific courses that our client has completed during his undergraduate studies that were related and qualified him for the position in the U.S. During the interview, the CBP officer asked our client about his education, but our client was able to explain how he was qualified for the position. As a result of our successful preparation, this application was approved for a three-year period.

If you are interested in applying for a TN visa, be sure to contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!

L-1 Case Summary 07.05.2019

Zach Ahlstrom, an Associate Attorney here at Berardi Immigration Law, recently had a successful L-1 application presented to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Peace Bridge located in Buffalo, NY. This L-1 application was for a manager who didn’t necessarily manage people. Instead, this applicant managed an essential function or component within the organization itself.

In this situation, we had to show that the applicant managed a core segment of the company/petitioner’s customer base. We had to show that the applicant was exercising autonomous decision making over the day-to-day activities of the sales team. Although, he didn’t have direct reports, his decisions and guidance affected other departments or employees within the company. Ultimately, he was able to explain his managerial authority to CBP and his application was approved for a three-year period.

If you are interested in applying for an L-1 visa, be sure to contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!

L-1 Case Summary 06.26.2019

Gabriella Agostinelli, Senior Associate Attorney with our firm, recently had a successful L-1 application presented to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge port of entry in Buffalo, New York. This L-1 was for a first time applicant. We were able to submit this application as our client had just recently reached his one full year of employment with the Canadian company abroad.

One quirk in this case was that while the U.S. operations were in existence, they have been rather slow growing since incorporation in 2016. We needed to show that the company is in fact doing business in the U.S.  To do so, we included invoices and payroll records from the company’s other U.S. employees. We also included financial statements to prove that revenues have been steadily increasing over time. Customs and Border Protection found all of this information to be helpful and our client was successfully approved for the full three-year period requested.

If you are interested in applying for an L-1 visa, please be sure to contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!