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!

L-1 Case Summary 08.14.2018

Associate Attorney Catherine Dines Kettner recently met one of our clients in Fort Erie, Canada in order to assist him in presenting his L-1A application to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York. This was our client’s first L-1A application to CBP. After assessing the client’s eligibility for a U.S. work visa and determining that the L-1A was the best fit, Catherine fully prepared the L-1 application. When meeting with the client in Fort Erie, Catherine answered all of his last minute questions and reviewed the application in full with him. She also reviewed some of the questions that CBP may ask him. This application was unique in that we had to get creative with proving the company’s financials, as the financial structure was a bit different and straightforward financial statements were unavailable. We were instead able to successfully use invoice and contracts for work. We are happy to report that our client was approved for the full L-1 period requested. If you are interested in applying for an L-1, be sure to contact our office to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys today!
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L-1A and TN Case Summaries 07.19.2018

Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli recently prepared two L-1A applications and one TN application for our clients to present to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York. The first L-1A applicant was a senior level sales executive who needed to come to the United States for a lengthy project. We fully prepared his application, made sure that he was fully equipped to present the application, and he was successfully approved for the full three-year period. The second L-1A application was a renewal from a new office L-1 application. We were able to show that during his one year of L-1 status he was able to grow the employee count and the sales force of the company and he was also successfully approved for a three-year period. The last application was for a TN economist. By proving that the client would in fact be performing economist related duties and he possesses a degree in economics, he was successfully approved for a three-year period. If you are interested in applying for an L-1 or TN application, be sure to contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!

L-1 Case Summaries 07.10.2018

Associate Attorney Catherine Dines recently met two clients in Fort Erie, Canada in order to review their L-1 applications before submission to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York. After reviewing each client’s credentials and assessing their eligibility for the L-1 category, Catherine fully drafted the petitions. In Fort Erie, she went over the applications with the clients in-depth to help them understand the types of questions that Customs and Border Protection may ask. The first client applied for the L-1A visa as a Manager and the second client applied for the L-1B visa as an individual with specialized knowledge. Both clients were approved for the full three-year period requested. If you are interested in applying for an L-1A or L-1B visa, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys today!

June Cases at the Border 06.29.2018

In June, the attorneys at Berardi Immigration Law met 17 clients in Fort Erie, Canada in order to prepare them in presenting their TN and L-1 applications to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York. We are happy to report that all 17 applications were successful. Many of these clients were applying for L-1A status. The L-1A allows managers and executives of a foreign entity with at least one year of managerial/executive employment with the foreign entity to transfer to a U.S. related entity.  Several of these managers/executives were also beyond the capped 7 years of eligible L-1 status. However, an L-1 applicant that has spent less than 183 days in the United States is still able to renew status beyond the 7 year limit. To document this, we provide one full year of credit cards bills and mortgage or utility bills as evidence of permanent ties to Canada. If you are interested in applying for TN or L-1 status, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law to set up a consultation today!

TN Management Consultant Case Summary 06.12.2018

On June 12, 2018, Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi met one of our long-standing clients in Fort Erie, Canada to assist him in preparing to present his TN application to Customs and Border Protection. Our client was filing a renewal application as a Management Consultant. Renewals in the Management Consultant category can be difficult, as CBP typically finds that a consultant who has been working for a U.S. company for several years may now be employed by that company rather than performing consulting. Luckily, in this instance, we were able to prove that the client was in fact consulting on several different ongoing projects for the U.S. company. Our client was successfully approved for another three-year period. If you are interested in applying for a TN Management Consultant visa, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law toll-free at 1-877-721-6100 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!