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Temporary Closure of Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment Centers Extended

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) extended closure of its Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers until at least July 6, 2020. The extended closure applies to all Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST enrollment locations with public access.  Scheduled interviews for conditionally approved Trusted Traveler Program applicantshave been cancelled and must be rescheduled using the […]

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TN Spotlight: Economist

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. employer or entity.  Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify.  One such occupation is an Economist. How to Qualify as an Economist  To qualify […]

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USCIS to Resume Public Services at Some Offices on June 22

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its plan to resume offering public services at some of its domestic offices on June 22, 2019. USCIS has been offering only emergency in-person public services for almost three months since it temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers on March […]

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U.S. Travel Ban Exemption for Professional Athletes Announced

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump issued a series of proclamations prohibiting the entry of all aliens who were physically present in China, Iran, the Schengen Area (comprised of 29 European countries), the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland during the 14-day period prior to their entry or attempted entry to the […]

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TN Spotlight: Computer Systems Analyst

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 Computer Systems Analyst. How to Qualify as a Computer Systems Analyst […]

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Employee Layoffs & PERM Labor Certifications: Things to Know

What are PERM Labor Certifications? A permanent labor certification (hereinafter “PERM” or “PERM Labor Certificate”) is issued by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) which allows a U.S. employer to hire a foreign worker to work permanently in the United States.  In most instances, the U.S. employer must submit a labor certification application to the DOL’s […]

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TN Spotlight: Architects

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.  A TN visa or status request may be approved for Canadian and Mexican Architects who intend […]

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USCIS to Impose 10% Surcharge to Application Fees in Coming Months

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is presently set to run out of money this summer and will begin attaching a 10% surcharge to application fees. Unlike most federal agencies, USCIS operates almost entirely on the money it raises from collected fees. A steep drop in applications for green cards, […]

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TN Spotlight: Physicians

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.  A TN visa or status request may be approved for Canadian and Mexican physicians who intend […]

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TN Spotlight: Accountant

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. employer or entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is an Accountant.  How to Qualify as an Accountant To qualify […]

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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

USCIS announced on May 1, 2020, that due to COVID-19, it will be extending the flexibilities previously announced on March 30 to assist applicants and petitioners who need to respond to agency requests. These requests include: Requests for Evidence; Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); Notices of Intent to Deny; Notices of Intent to Revoke; Notices of […]

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Berardi Supports Alicia at Ronald McDonald House

We very much appreciate our clients, and in honor of your support of Berardi Immigration Law during the COVID-19 crisis, we have donated meals and toys to our friend, Alicia, who is staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Western New York. Alicia is nine years old and has been staying at RMH since October. […]

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Termination of H-1B Employees: Impact on Employers & Employees

Whether for performance issues or for lack of work, the termination of H-1B employees presents special challenges to both the employer and the employee. In today’s blog, we will take a closer look at these challenges.  H-1B Employer Obligations Notify USCIS of termination  Regulations require an H-1B employer to notify USCIS “immediately” of “any material […]

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USCIS Offices Prepare to Reopen June 4

USCIS announced last Friday that it is presently readying offices to reopen on or after June 4, 2020. USCIS temporarily suspended all in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers beginning March 18, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential […]

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DHS Extends REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting national emergency, several states have closed or restricted services at DMV offices, precluding millions of people from applying for a REAL ID. As such, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the deadline for the enforcement of the REAL ID Act would be extended by one […]

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How to Run an Immigration Law Firm During Coronavirus

Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, was invited to speak on the podcast “You’re the Expert Now” about running a law firm during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the intro and listen to the full episode below… “All the borders are closed and Rosanna Berardi, owner of Berardi Immigration Law is still open for business. In this […]

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