What to Expect When Crossing the Border

Holiday travel can be stressful if travelers do not plan ahead of time. With the holiday season in full swing, it is important to be prepared before you depart for your holiday travel destination. Everyone arriving at a port of entry to the US is subject to inspection by Customs and Border Protections officers for compliance with immigration, customs, and agriculture regulations. The more international travelers know about what to expect, the easier and quicker the process becomes.  For example, travelers should prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. Travelers should have their crossing documents available for inspection and should be prepared to declare all items acquired abroad. All travelers arriving at the US-Canada border, including US and Canadian citizens, need to present documentary proof of citizenship. These documents include a Passport, U.S. Passport Card, trusted traveler card (NEXUS, Global Entry, SENTRI or FAST), Permanent Resident Card or an Enhanced Drivers License. Children under the age of 16 can present an original or copy of their birth certificate to border officials. Members of the traveling public should consult the CBP website, apps.cbp.gov/bwt, to monitor border wait times at ports of entry. This information is updated hourly […]
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Meet Nichole & Jennifer!

In preparation for the new year, our team is growing!  We are so excited to welcome new Chief Financial Officer, Nichole Herr, and new Administrative Assistant, Jennifer. To learn a bit more about who they are, we interviewed them on their careers, home, and things they love. Nichole What led you to finance?  I fell in love with finance at my first job out of college. My desk was located right outside the CFO’s office, so I got to listen to him work and learn from him.  This triggered my passion for finance, and I decided to go back to school to take a few accounting classes. Then we I moved back to Buffalo, I was an Office Manager for Altus Management, LLC, where I oversaw the establishment of the accounting and human resources departments. Plus, I reported to the CFOs of each hospital in our network.  This is where I really got my hands-on training.  What is something you love about where you live? I am originally from Cuba, New York which is about an hour and a half southeast of Buffalo in the Southern Tier, Allegany County. We are known for Cuba Cheese, not Cuban cigars—which seems to disappoint some people. It is […]
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B Visa: What is it? What can you do with it?

In general, when a citizen of a foreign country wishes to enter the United States, the foreign national must first obtain a visa. The visa allows a foreign national to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission of a U.S. immigration official to enter the United States. While Canadian Citizens are required to present a valid passport at the port of entry, they typically do not need a visa to enter the United States directly from Canada for the purposes of visiting or studying...
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Entering Canada with DWI: FAQs

Here at Berardi Immigration Law, we offer a wide variety of services to assist our clients. One such service is helping individuals with a DWI or DUI on their record enter Canada. Below is a list of the most common scenarios our office sees and some information on next steps…
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Holiday Travel to Canada

Avoid any extra stress during the holiday season by taking care of any immigration issues before travelling. If you have an impaired driving conviction on your record and would like to travel to Canada, our team may be able to help...
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Meet Lucrecia!

We are so excited to have new attorney Lucrecia Knapp join our team! Lucrecia brings years of immigration experience and is already fitting in with our team atmosphere. To learn a bit more about who she is, we interviewed Lucrecia on food, home, and what it’s like being an immigration attorney...
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New EB-5 Rule Nearly Doubles Minimum Investment

USCIS has recently published a final regulation changing the EB-5 Program that awards permanent resident status to certain investors who create at least ten new jobs for U.S. workers. This new EB-5 rule will be effective for I-526 filings arriving at USCIS on or after November 21, 2019. The new EB-5 investments must be at least $900,000...
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