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  • USCIS Announces Indefinite Validity for Form I-693: Key Updates & Exceptions

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no longer has an expiration date if signed by a civil surgeon on or after November 1, 2023. This form can be used indefinitely to show that the applicant is not inadmissible on health-related grounds. CDC & […]
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  • Online Passport Renewal Now Available

    Starting June 12, 2024, travelers can conveniently renew their passports online! This new service aims to simplify the renewal process and save you time and effort. Read on for what you need to know. Eligibility & Process Travelers aged 25 and older with a valid passport issued between 2009-2015 are eligible for renewal. It is […]
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  • Building Success: How Our Client Established a U.S. Property Management Business with an E-2 Visa

    At Berardi Immigration Law, we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their business dreams in the United States. We are thrilled to share the success story of one of our clients who recently obtained an E-2 visa to establish a property management business in the U.S. Client’s Vision & Initial Steps Our client approached […]
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  • Navigating Labor Certifications for I-140 Petitions: A Guide for Employers

    Before being able to file an I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, USCIS now requires that employers obtain a labor certification from the Department of Labor. Under Schedule A, the DOL has two designated groups of occupations: registered nurses and physical therapists (Group I); and beneficiaries with exceptional ability in the performing arts, or the […]
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  • USCIS Introduces Third Gender Option ‘X’ on Form N-400 for Naturalization

    As of April 1, 2024, Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, has added a third gender option, ‘X,’ defined as ‘another gender identity.’ This is the only form for the USCIS that provides an alternative gender option besides ‘male’ or ‘female.’ Additionally, N-400 certificates are the only issued secure documents that can reflect Gender X. This […]
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  • E-1 Visa Approval for Canadian CEO

    We are pleased to announce that one of our clients was recently granted an E-1 “Treaty Trader” visa at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto. This particular client is a Canadian citizen who owns and runs his own professional marketing company in Canada. This visa approval will allow our client to travel to the U.S. over […]
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  • Navigating Immigration Challenges: Understanding Visa Inadmissibility

    Immigrating to a new country can be a complex process, and immigration attorneys play a crucial role in guiding their clients through the legal maze. However, there are certain unforeseen issues that attorneys may not always anticipate, especially when it comes to visa applicants with a history of driving under the influence (DUI) or operating […]
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  • From O-1 Visa to Physician National Interest Waiver: A Journey to Success

    Navigating the complex terrain of U.S. immigration can be daunting, particularly for foreign physicians. One of our Physician client’s long but inspiring journey from an O-1 visa holder to securing a Physician National Interest Waiver (PNIW) exemplifies the persistence and dedication required to achieve success in this challenging process. A Journey of Dedication & Expertise […]
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  • E-2 Visa Success Story: Expanding a Canadian Manufacturing Company to the US

    Our client, a successful manufacturing company based in Canada, approached our firm with the ambition of expanding their operations to the U.S. market. Driven by growing demand, the client sought to establish a U.S. subsidiary to better serve their customers and tap into new opportunities. The Journey Begins To start this exciting venture, the client […]
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  • E-2 Visa Success Story: Bringing Natural, Plant-Based Supplements & Clean Skincare Products to the US

    At Berardi Immigration Law, we take pride in helping our clients realize their entrepreneurial dreams in the United States. One such success story involves a visionary client who approached our firm with an innovative business idea: to develop and distribute natural, plant-based supplements and clean skincare products. The Vision Our client envisioned a company that […]
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  • Bridging Borders: Celebrating a 3-year TN approval for a Civil Engineer

    Our firm is proud to announce a recent TN approval for a Canadian citizen who needs to come to the U.S. periodically to work on projects as a Civil Engineer on behalf of a U.S. engineering firm. This approval marks a pivotal step in the engineer’s career and reinforces the bridge of talent and expertise […]
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  • USCIS Updates Policy Manual on Immigrant Visa Petitions

    Family immigration petitions can be complex due to a variety of factors such as legal requirements, documentation, and the various steps involved in the process. Understanding the intricacies of filing a petition for immigration will help to make sure the process is smooth and as fast as possible.  Understanding the New Updates USCIS has made […]
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  • E-2 Visa approval for an Australian citizen in the US Fiberglass Pool Industry

    Our firm recently had the pleasure of guiding an Australian client to a successful E-2 visa approval, paving the way for their influential role as a manager with a growing U.S. fiberglass pool company. This achievement not only underscores our commitment to facilitating impactful business ventures but also highlights the potential for international professionals to […]
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  • E-2 Visa Success Story: Opening a Hotel in the US

    At Berardi Immigration Law, we recently had the pleasure of guiding a Canadian entrepreneur through the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa process. This client’s journey not only underscores the potential of the E-2 visa for business expansion but also showcases our commitment to stress free and successful immigration experiences. Client Background Our client, an experienced hotel […]
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  • Understanding the Guam-CNMI Cap Exemption under Public Law 110-229

    The Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) cap exemption is a specific provision under U.S. immigration law that affects H-1B and H-2B visas. Established by Public Law 110-229, known as the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, this exemption was created to play a crucial role in the economic and developmental strategies of Guam […]
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  • E-2 Visa Success Story: Launching a U.S. Animation Studio

    At Berardi Immigration Law, we assist clients in achieving their business goals in the U.S. through strategic immigration pathways. Recently, we successfully helped a client establish a production company specializing in high-quality animated shows. Here’s a look at our collaborative journey. Consultation and Business Formation Our client approached us with the idea of starting an […]
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  • Navigating the H-1B Cap Gap: Understanding Its Limitations & Coverage

    Congratulations to those who have recently been selected in the H-1B visa lottery! This is a significant milestone, and as you prepare for the next steps, it’s crucial to understand the concept of the “Cap Gap” and its implications for your status and travel plans. The Cap Gap extension is an important provision designed to […]
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  • E-2 Visa Success Story: Opening a Modern Indoor Sports Training Facility

    Our team at Berardi Immigration Law recently assisted a client with an exciting venture: establishing a modern indoor sports training facility in the United States. This facility focuses on comprehensive athlete development, offering programs that enhance physical abilities like speed and strength alongside mental skills. Client’s Vision & Business Setup The client envisioned a temperature-controlled […]
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  • Understanding the National Interest Waiver (NIW): An Effective Pathway for US Immigration

    The National Interest Waiver (NIW) is a valuable tool within the U.S. immigration system, particularly under the EB-2 visa category, which includes professionals holding advanced degrees or individuals with exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business. Unlike traditional employment-based visa processes, the NIW allows eligible individuals to bypass the labor certification process, commonly known […]
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  • Understanding the O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa for Physicians Subject to 212(e) Due to J-1 Status

    International physicians who come to the United States on a J-1 visa for their medical residency often find themselves facing a significant hurdle at the end of their training: the two-year home-country residency requirement under Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. For highly credentialed physicians seeking to continue their medical careers in the […]
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