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USCIS Announces H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

USCIS has announced that it has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the fiscal year 2021 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap). Properly submitted registrations were randomly selected. All petitioners have now been notified of the selected registrations as of today. Selected registrations are now eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition […]

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Canada’s Mandatory Travel Quarantine: What You Need to Know

On March 25, 2020, Canada announced that it will be invoking the Quarantine Act to impose mandatory self-isolation for international travelers entering the country. Individuals must self-quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine went into effect at midnight last night. This includes individuals crossing at land ports of entry between Canada and the U.S. This is […]

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DHS Announces Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that due to the physical proximity complications associated with COVID-19, DHS will exercise discretion to defer the physical requirements associated with Form I-9. Employers with employees working remotely due to COVID-19 will not be required to review the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in the employee’s physical […]

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Berardi: Committed To Our Clients

At Berardi Immigration Law, our focus has always been on our clients. That remains the case even in these uncertain times. Given Governor Cuomo’s recent stay-at-home order, the attorneys of our firm are now working at full capacity from home. We want to assure you that if you currently have a case in process with […]

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Berardi on Spectrum News r.e. Coronavirus

Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, spoke with Spectrum News out of Buffalo about the recent United States/Canada border crossing closing to non-essential travel. “They had to do it out of an abundance of caution. There is so much movement that goes back and forth every single day. The Peace Bridge is one of the busiest […]

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Breaking: “Essential Travel” for US/Canada Border Defined

This morning, U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins announced new restrictions at the U.S./Canadian border in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new restrictions will go into effect at 11:59 pm tonight, March 20, 2020.  The new restrictions now define “essential travel” allowable at land ports of entry, which includes the following individuals: U.S. citizens and lawful […]

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COVID-19 & US Immigration

I hope you are well and staying healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.  We know that there is much worry and uncertainty for our clients during this time, especially for businesses with foreign national workers and cross-border employees. We’ve taken the time to address some of the most common concerns during this time, outlined below. Please feel […]

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H and L Status Employees and COVID-19

The global outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in many employers recommending or implementing work-from-home policies for their employees, especially those returning from travel. These policies aim to reduce the transfer of the virus and avoid unnecessary spread in the workplace. Employees on H and L work visas have specific worksite requirements, but these […]

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ICE Releases Coronavirus Guidance for Student & Exchange Visitors

This morning U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued guidance for all student and exchange visitors surrounding the recent developments of the coronavirus or COVID-19. ICE has stated that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is focused on ensuring that the nonimmigrant students presently in the U.S. are able to continue their full course of […]

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USCIS Updates Guidelines for Naturalization Requirement of Good Moral Character

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires naturalization applicants to demonstrate good moral character (GMC). Some offenses, such as murder and aggravated felony, can permanently bar applicants from establishing GMC. Lesser offenses can conditionally bar applicants from proving GMC, requiring them to wait until they have established the statutory period without an offense to reapply […]

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TN Zoologist Case Summary 2.7.2020

Partner Jennifer Behm discusses a nontraditional TN application for a Zoologist that we’ve represented as a client for many years now. It’s fun for Jennifer to prepare this case because of her interesting background and scope of duties. In this case, our client was unable to travel because of some work restrictions and a tight schedule. We […]

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New Public Charge Rule: How Will It Work?

On February 24, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began implementing the “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” final rule nationwide.  USCIS will apply this final rule to all applications and petitions postmarked (or, in applicable, submitted electronically) on or after that date.  USCIS will reject any affected applications or petition that does not adhere to the […]

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L-1 Manager Case Summary 2.7.2020

Partner Jennifer Behm is back with a recap of a recent L-1A approval for a Canadian Manager who had been promoted into a role that requires increased travel to the U.S. along with direct reports in the U.S. The company contacted Berardi Immigration Law to ensure their employee was able to cross the border with confidence, […]

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TN Graphic Designer Case Summary 2.7.2020

Partner Jennifer Behm discusses a recent TN Graphic Designer success story. Our client does digital design work for a well-known talk show and designs the graphic for the business’s YouTube station. This candidate has a master’s degree in digital design and a similar bachelor’s degree from a reputable Canadian institution. Since this was our client’s third TN […]

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E-1 Visas for Canadian Consultants & Professional Service Companies

Canadian citizens can often gain entry to the US with greater ease than others; this preferential treatment for our friends across the border is linked to treaty provisions within the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of the first visa categories considered when analyzing U.S. employment authorization options for Canadian nationals is the TN […]

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Employee Spotlight: Nichole Herr

Nichole Herr joined Berardi Immigration Law in November 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. She oversees all aspects of the accounting and financial areas of the firm including payroll, compliance, ledger activity, expenses, and receivables. Prior to starting with Berardi Immigration Law, Nichole was Director of Finance at Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham LLC, where she managed […]

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