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  • Federal Judge Rules US Cannot Stop Issuing Visas During Travel Bans

    A US federal judge has declared it unlawful for the State Department to use travel bans issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as a reason to stop processing visas for otherwise eligible travelers. Find our more here. Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli tells us what this means for your travel plans to the United […]

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  • U.S. District Court finds the U.S. Department of State acted improperly in suspending visa issuance based on the Regional Ban Proclamations

    On October 5, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a group of non-citizens summary judgment in their suit against the U.S. Department of State (the “Department”), finding the Department acted improperly in suspending visa issuance pursuant to the Regional Ban Proclamations.  Background In response to the ongoing pandemic, both Former-President […]

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  • Virtual Zoom Weddings for Partners Living in Different Countries: Are They Recognized under U.S. Immigration Laws?

    In November 2020, Utah became the first state to allow virtual Zoom weddings for long-distance couples seeking to get married. This option is especially salient to cross-border couples who have been separated for the past year and a half due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. Utah’s marriage option is considered a proxy marriage and allows […]

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  • Things Are Tough At The Canadian Border Right Now

    Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi explains why things are so tough at the Canadian border right now, and what you can do to make your application for status much easier. Whether it’s a TN or an L-1, there are steps you can take to make your American Dream a reality. If you have any questions, contact […]

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  • Our Q4 Charity Is…

    Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli is selecting Berardi Immigration Law’s Q4 Charity. Berardi Immigration Law believes in supporting our community and encourages our employees to do the same. The firm’s core values include supporting the community, having fun, and functioning as a team both in and outside the office! Our goal is to make positive […]

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  • Major Changes for Canadians Flying Into the United States

    U.S. vaccination requirement for air passengers worries Canadians with mixed vaccines U.S. currently doesn’t recognize people with some COVID-19 vaccine mixes as being fully vaccinated. Find out more in the video below and check out this related article from the CBC. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We would love to […]

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  • Building a More Dynamic Economy: The Benefits of Immigration

    Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, talks about the benefits of legal immigration in the video below. U.S. immigration laws are often restrictive, complex, and inflexible when it comes to the legitimate needs of businesses to employ Canadian and foreign workers. Our team of lawyers will help you navigate the ins-and-outs of your immigration matter. Rest […]

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  • USCIS Once Again Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

    On September 24, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will once again be extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, USCIS announced it would give certain applicants, petitioners, and requestors more time to respond to […]

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  • TN Spotlight: Avoid These Pitfalls When Applying For Trade NAFTA Visa Status

    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 current regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Computer Systems Analyst. There are many pitfalls you need to avoid when applying for […]

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  • It’s Not WHAT We Do That’s Memorable, It’s HOW We Do It

    I’ve been an immigration lawyer for 24 years. I’ve had thousands of clients over my career. Last week, a client from 2009 contacted me for her U.S. citizenship application. She currently lives in San Francisco and could’ve contacted hundred of qualified immigration lawyers. Today, a client from 2010 reached out to me about obtaining U.S. […]

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  • U.S. District Court Judge Vacates DHS Regulation that sought to replace the H-1B Cap Lottery with Wage Level Prioritization System

    On September 15, 2021, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White granted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s (“Chamber”) motion for summary judgment in the Chamber’s lawsuit– U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Department of Homeland Security— challenging a regulation that sought to replace the current H-1B cap lottery system with a wage level prioritization system. The […]

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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 current regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Management Consultant. Watch the video below and you can learn more in our in-depth […]

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  • Crossing the Border: Updates to the H-1B Category

    A federal judge has ended a Trump administration regulation designed to make it difficult for international students to gain H-1B status. The H-1B program allows companies and other employers in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and […]

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  • Green Card vs. Citizenship: Should You Keep Your Green Card or Become a U.S. Citizen?

    Here’s a question we get often. There are many advantages of becoming a U.S. Citizen. If you’re a Lawful Permanent Resident and are thinking about applying for U.S. Citizenship, contact Berardi Immigration Law today.

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  • In celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, USCIS welcomes 21,000 new citizens in the U.S.

    On September 17, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will be celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by welcoming 21,000 new citizens in 335 naturalization ceremonies across the country between September 17 and September 23.  Each year, USCIS celebrates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by holding special naturalization ceremonies across the […]

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  • Crossing the Border: Entering Canada with Children Under 12

    We’ve been getting a ton of questions about traveling to Canada via land border with young children. Here’s what you need to know! If you have any questions about crossing the border, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We’d be happy to help.

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  • Why Is The Border Still Closed For Canadians?

    It’s been 18 long months since the U.S.-Canada border closed. While U.S. citizens and green card holders can enter Canada for non-essential travel, the same cannot be said for our friends north of the border. In this video, Berardi Immigration Law Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi has the latest. If you have any questions about crossing […]

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  • U.S. Government announces relaxed restrictions for vaccinated international travelers starting this November

    On September 20, 2021, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients announced the U.S. will be lifting pandemic-related travel restrictions for select countries that were imposed at the beginning of last year. Specifically, the U.S. will re-open for air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil, and a majority of Europe if they […]

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  • Crossing the Border: Vaccinations & Testing Requirements for U.S. Entry

    Whether you’re entering the U.S. by land or air — or applying for Green Card status at the border – there are different testing and vaccination requirements. And they are changing regularly. Berardi Immigration Law is here to help. If you have any questions about testing or vaccination requirements for U.S. entry, feel free to […]

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  • Biden administration appeals Texas court ruling finding DACA unlawful

    On September 10, 2021, the Biden Administration appealed a Texas court ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen that found the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful. While the Texas ruling does not automatically cancel current permits for Dreamers, it does block the government from approving all new DACA applications.  The DACA program […]

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