TN Case Summary 03.27.2019

Berardi Immigration Law is happy to share that we recently had another TN management consultant application approved by Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge port of entry located in Buffalo, New York. This application was a renewal. Our client works directly under a U.S. consulting company to consult their clients and organizations on ways to improve operations, leadership, change management and more. This case was a bit different than your typical management consultant case as this client also occasionally providing training to other employees of the consulting company. While government officers do not always like to see this, it is permissible under the regulations. Our client had a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and we were also able to prove that she had more than five years of related consulting experience. She was successfully approved for an additional three-year period of TN status. If you are interested in applying for a TN or have questions about this category, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law today!

TN Case Summary 03.26.2019

Zach Ahlstrom, an Associate Attorney here at Berardi Immigration Law, recently had two successful applications presented to Customs and Border Protection located at the Peace Bridge port of entry in Buffalo, New York. Both applications were for management consultants. The first application was a renewal with the same employer. We were able to overcome the challenges in this case by proving to the government that our client would be consulting on a completely different aspect of the petitioning employer’s business. It was not a continuation of his previous assignment. CBP successfully approved his case for another one-year period. The second application was a bit unique. In this case, the petitioner was a car dealership in the U.S. hiring a management consultant from another dealership in Canada. The applicant had significant experience operating and running car dealerships in Canada. We were able to prove that the applicant possessed vast knowledge of car dealerships which would make him the perfect candidate for this consulting assignment. The government agreed and our client was approved for an 18-month period. If you are interested in applying for TN status or have questions about this visa category, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys today!

TN Case Summary 03.22.2019

Gabriella Agostinelli, Senior Associate Attorney at Berardi Immigration Law, recently had a client present a successful TN Management Consultant case to Customs and Border Protection located at the Peace Bridge port of entry in Buffalo, New York. This client was applying for the renewal of his current TN under the management consultant designation. Renewals in this particular category can be tricky as CBP often questions how the applicant can be a consultant if they weren’t able to complete the consulting assignment on the original TN. In a situation like this, we need to prove that the project the applicant was consulting on simply has not completed yet and therefore, the consulting services are still necessary. In this case, we were able to prove that the client was in fact consulting on a new phase of a project for a third-party entity. Our client’s TN was successfully renewed for a nine-month period. If you are interested in applying for a TN under the management consultant category, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys today!

TN Case Summaries 03.11.2019

Gabriella Agostinelli, our Senior Associate Attorney, recently had two successful TN applications submitted to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry, located in Buffalo, New York. The first TN application was a bit complex in that unlike most TN applications, our client’s degree was not an exact match for the category he was applying under, the Computer Systems Analyst category. While our client’s degree was in Economics, we were able to highlight within his transcripts that he had actually taken several computer-related courses. Our client was successfully approved for the full requested TN period. The second TN application was for a Management Consultant case. These applications can be difficult in nature. However, unlike in some cases, our client was being retained by a Management Consulting firm located in the United States. This enables us to easily prove the continued need for our client’s services as a management consultant in the United States. This client was also successfully approved for the full three-year period requested. If you are interested in applying for a TN under the Computer Systems Analyst category or the Management Consultant category, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!

L-1 and TN Case Summary 02.01.2019

Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli recently had two successful applications presented to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry, located in Buffalo, New York. The first case was an L-1 renewal application. This client was applying for the last three years of eligible L-1 status remaining out of seven. Because this was a renewal application, we provided evidence that the U.S. entity is still in business including client contracts, invoices, and financial statements. The client met our NAFTA Paralegal, Sam Tiranno, in Fort Erie, Canada to review the application immediately before presenting. The client was successfully approved for L-1 status for the full three years requested. The second application was for a TN for a Mechanical Engineer. In this application, we proved that the applicant had all of the required credentials in order to qualify for this category including the necessary license, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. This application was also successfully approved for the full time period requested. If you would like to learn more about the TN or L-1 visa category, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law to schedule a consult with one of our attorneys!

Tn and L-1 Case Summary 02.05.2019

Rosanna Berardi, the Managing Partner of Berardi Immigration Law, recently had two successful cases presented to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York. The first case was a TN application. This case was unique because this client had previously been denied at the border when trying to apply for TN status. TN applications can be complex and this is why we always recommend discussing your options with an experienced immigration attorney before trying to do it yourself. Our firm prepared her package and Rosanna met her in Fort Erie in order to review her application and answer all of her last minute questions. The client was successfully approved for TN status for a one-year period. The second case was for an L-1 application. This case was also unique in that the U.S. entity was incorporated in 2014 but did not yet have any ongoing business. Our office tackled this issue by treating the application as a “new office” application. We were able to provide a business plan and U.S. office lease and this application was also successfully approved by CBP. If you are interested in learning more about the L-1 or TN visa, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law today!

L-1 Case Summaries 11.28.2018

Gabriella Agostinelli, our Senior Associate Attorney, recently had two L-1 applications successfully approved by Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge, located in Buffalo, New York. The first L-1 application was a bit different from our average L-1 application, as it was for a new office in the United States. The company was well established in Canada, but had only been recently incorporated in the United States. To prove the new office’s ongoing business we provided the government with the lease agreement, business plan, and incorporation documents. This L-1 application was successfully approved for one year, which is the maximum approval period for a new office application. The second application was for an individual who was renewing his L-1 status. This application was also a bit different than the standard L-1 application as in this scenario the U.S. operations were a bit smaller than is usual. We were able to provide enough documentation to prove that the U.S. business has sufficient operations. The application was successfully approved for a three year period. If you are interested in learning more about the L-1 category, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law to schedule a consultation with an attorney today!