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US Department of State Issues Guidance on National Interest Exceptions to Visa Bans Under Presidential Proclamations 10014 & 10052

Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052 suspended the entry of certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants to the United States through December 31, 2020. Both proclamations provide exceptions for individuals whose entry to the U.S. would be “in the national interest” according to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees; however, the proclamations provided little […]

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TN Spotlight: Landscape Architect

The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. employer or entity.  Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify.  One such occupation is a Landscape Architect. How to Qualify as a Landscape Architect  To qualify for TN status […]

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Ban on Trusted Traveler Programs Reversed for New Yorkers

On July 23, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it has reversed the ban on New York residents from applying for membership and renewal to Trusted Traveler Programs. The ban was first implemented over six months ago and impacted roughly 80,000 New Yorkers. Now, New Yorkers are no longer prohibited from applying […]

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USCIS Fees to Increase October 2, 2020

On July 31, 2020, USCIS announced a final rule adjusting fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefits. The increase in fees is in response to recover costs of services for USCIS as the agency is experiencing a lack of funding.  Why does USCIS have to increase fees? USCIS is fee funded, meaning the fees collected […]

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Executive Order Overview: L-1 Visa

In today’s video, our Associate Attorney, Zach Ahlstrom, discusses the impact of President Trump’s executive order on certain nonimmigrant visa categories. One of these categories is the L-1 visa. However, as Canadians are visa-exempt, Canadians are still eligible to apply for and renew L-1 status at the border. When the executive order was initially issued […]

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TN Spotlight: Management Consultant

The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One of these occupations is “Management Consultant.” How to Qualify as a Management Consultant To qualify for TN status […]

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Temporary Freeze to the Public Charge Rule

On July 29, 2020 a federal judge for the Southern District of New York issued two rulings that put a temporary freeze on the Public Charge Rule, as implemented by the Trump Administration on February 24, 2020, while a national health emergency is in place. What is the Public Charge Rule? The Public Charge Rule […]

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Humanitarian Parole Request Case Summary: Funeral

In this video, Associate Attorney Zach Ahlstrom details our client’s successful humanitarian parole application presented to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge port of entry located in Buffalo, NY. Humanitarian parole is used when an individual is inadmissible to the United States and has an urgent need to enter. In this case, our […]

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Trump’s Executive Order on the 2020 Census

On July 21, 2020, Trump signed an executive order declaring undocumented immigrants not be counted in the 2020 Census. The basis of Trump’s order stems from how a “person” is defined in the U.S. Constitution, which requires “persons in each State” to be counted in the census. What is the impact of the Census? The U.S. Census […]

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How To Build A Corporate Culture That Encourages Free Time

Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, was featured in ForbesWomen to discuss how Berardi enjoys such an amazing team with very little turnover. The “secret” to this success? Supporting your employees by encouraging free time, which will not only boost morale, but also creativity, motivation, and loyalty. “Rosanna Berardi, the Managing Partner of Berardi Immigration Law […]

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WGRZ Welcomes Berardi to Discuss Census & Immigration Law

Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, was invited by Buffalo’s WGRZ Channel 2 TV to join their Town Hall to provide insights on census and immigration law. Her segment starts around the 4m30s mark in the video and she comes on at roughly the 5 minute mark (you can go fullscreen after hitting the Play button […]

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Humanitarian Parole Request Case Summary

In this video, Associate Attorney Zach Ahlstrom details his recent humanitarian parole case presented at the Peace Bridge port of entry here in Buffalo, NY. Humanitarian parole requests are a bit more rare than our TN or L-1 cases. A humanitarian parole request involves asking Customs and Border protection to admit an individual who would […]

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TN Spotlight: Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster

The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a disaster relief insurance claims adjuster.  How to Qualify as a TN Disaster Relief Insurance […]

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How to Fix U.S. Immigration Once & For All

Every four years, the U.S. presidential candidates promise to “fix immigration.” And yet, they have all failed miserably despite their political affiliation. Why? To start, U.S. immigration law is a political nightmare. The current law, which hasn’t been changed since 1997, doesn’t accurately address the realities of U.S. labour needs of 2020. Despite this, no […]

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Applying Discretion in USCIS Adjudications

USCIS issued a Policy Alert on July 15, 2020 regarding Officer’s use of discretion in adjudicating petitions and applications.  This policy alert comes after President Trump’s June 22, 2020 Proclamation addressing the Department of Homeland Security’s administration of employment authorizations. In response, USCIS has consolidated the existing guidelines of the policy into their Policy Manual.  […]

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TN Spotlight: Librarian

TN Category Overview The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Librarian.  How to Qualify for TN Status as a Librarian To […]

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Department of State Confirms Phased Resumption of Visa Services via Tweet

In a mid-morning tweet posted on July 13, @Travel-Gov (Official Twitter for U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs) confirmed the following: “US embassies and consulates are beginning the phased resumption of routine visa services. The dates for each embassy or consulate will depend on local conditions. We are unable to provide details for […]

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