Skip to main content

Berardi Blog

The Berardi Immigration Law blog – find all our posts here.

  • Getting Closer: U.S. Vaccine Requirement May be Ending Soon

    Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) has submitted an amendment under consideration this week, which would end the requirement for showing proof of vaccination for Canadians entering the United States along land ports of entry. Find out more in the video below. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We would love to hear […]
    Read More
  • FY 2024 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon (Eastern Time) on March 1 and run through noon (Eastern Time) on March 17, 2023. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations […]
    Read More
  • Extension of Interview Waivers for Certain Nonimmigrants

    The Department of State (DOS) recently announced that it is extending its policy to waive in-person consular interviews for certain nonimmigrant applicants through December 31, 2023. Consular officers will have the authority to waive the interview requirement on a case-by-case basis for both first-time and renewing applicants. Individuals who hold the following nonimmigrant visa categories […]
    Read More
  • When It’s a Minor Offense Where You Live But a Serious Crime in Canada

    Just because your criminal criminal is considered “minor” where you live, doesn’t mean Canada treats it the same way. Some crimes are considered serious offenses in Canada and could keep you out of the country as a visitor. Find out more from Canadian Immigration Lawyer Tiffany McKenzie in the video below – and you may […]
    Read More
  • BREAKING: NEXUS at the Border Could Get a Whole Lot Better

    If you’re a frequent traveler between the United States and Canada, this news will be music to your ears. The NEXUS trusted traveler program could get a lot better and eliminate the backlog (currently 12-14 months) to schedule an interview for NEXUS. Check out the news release from Rep. Brian Higgins and if you have […]
    Read More
  • Higgins’ “Make Nexus Work Act”

    Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY 26th District) was in Buffalo on Monday, January 30, 2023, to talk about his new bill proposal. The proposed bill is called the “Make NEXUS Work Act” and will allow individuals to attend virtual NEXUS interviews. Under Higgins’ bill people who are applying for NEXUS will be able to connect through […]
    Read More
  • Denied Entry to Canada? Criminal Inadmissibility & Rehabilitation

    Canadian Immigration Attorney Tiffany McKenzie continues her discussion of criminal inadmissibility and rehabilitation in the video below. Even if you have a criminal record and are worried about how it will impact your ability to travel, you can still vacation in beautiful Canada this summer – just don’t wait till the last minute. Watch below […]
    Read More
  • USCIS Extends Green Card Validity for Conditional Permanent Residents with Pending I-751 or I-829

    In response to increasing processing times, USCIS is extending green card validity for permanent residents with pending I-751 or I-829 forms. Beginning on January 11, 2023, for Form I-829 and January 25, 2023, for Form I-751, green cards for those who properly file either form will be valid for 48 months beyond the card’s expiration […]
    Read More
  • USCIS Advises Family-Based I-485 Applicants to Include I-693 at the Time of Filing to Potentially Speed Up Processing Time

    Recently, USCIS announced that it is expanding potential interview waivers for family-based adjustment cases. Given the potential interview waivers, USCIS advises applicants filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to include Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, at the time of filing to potentially speed up processing times. […]
    Read More
  • If You Have a Criminal Record, NOW is the Time to Apply to Enter Canada

    Attorney Tiffany McKenzie further discusses entering Canada with a criminal record. Invited to a wedding in Canada this summer? Want to catch a baseball game? Or attend a concert in Toronto? If you have a criminal record and are worried about how it will impact your ability to travel, don’t worry! You can still vacation […]
    Read More
  • How to Avoid a Costly Mistake When Crossing the US/Canada Border

    If you’re planning to cross the US/Canada or US/Mexico border for work or pleasure, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and costs involved. In this video, immigration lawyer Rosanna Berardi explains how to avoid making a costly mistake when crossing the border. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. […]
    Read More
  • Premium Processing Expansions for Certain Visas

    On January 12, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is implementing its final phase of premium processing expansion for Form I-140, Immigration Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 preference categories. This final phase applies to all new (initial) petitions, in addition to all previously filed Form I-140 petitions […]
    Read More
  • Don’t Worry, You Can Still Vacation in Canada with a Criminal Record!

    Invited to a wedding in Canada this summer? Want to catch a baseball game? Or attend a concert in Toronto? If you have a criminal record and are worried about how it will impact your ability to travel, don’t worry, you can still vacation in beautiful Canada this summer. But don’t wait until the last […]
    Read More
  • Biden at the North American Leaders’ Summit

    On January 10, 2023, President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met for the annual North American Leaders’ Summit. A prominent part of their discussion was about border security and the influx of migrants at the United States-Mexico border.  The number of migrants crossing the United States-Mexico […]
    Read More
  • New DHS Processes Implemented for Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans, Elimination on Cap for Venezuelans

    On January 5, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new processes for qualifying Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans with U.S. based supporters to travel by air and temporarily stay in the United States. Those coming in under this process may also apply for work authorization. In addition, DHS announced the removal of the numerical […]
    Read More
  • This Requirement To Enter The U.S. Has Been Extended

    Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, talks about the U.S. entry vaccine requirement extension. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We would love to hear from you.
    Read More
  • DHS’s Public Charge Final Rule Goes Into Effect

    As of December 23, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility final rule has been in effect. This final rule provides clarity and consistency for noncitizens on how DHS will administer the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The rule restores the historical understanding of a “public charge” that had been […]
    Read More
  • Canada Brings Back Testing for Flights from China, Hong Kong & Macau

    Following the US and the UK, Canada has brought back in COVID testing for people traveling from China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Watch the video below for more details and you may also be interested in our post on what being unvaccinated means for you at the US border. If you have any questions, contact […]
    Read More
  • Proposed Adjustment of Certain Immigration and Naturalization Fees

    On January 3, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a proposal to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees. These new fees would allow USCIS to more fully recover its operating costs, reestablish and maintain timely case processing, and prevent the accumulation of future case backlogs.  USCIS receives a majority of its […]
    Read More
  • How to Renew Your L-1 Visa Status After the 5 or 7 Year Limit

    Have you reached the 5 or 7 year limit on your L-1 visa? Don’t worry, you may be able to renew your status. In this video, we’ll talk about how to renew your L-1 visa after the limit has been reached. We’ll also offer some tips for making the process as smooth as possible. You […]
    Read More

Do you have questions?

Want to know if our team is a good fit for your needs?

Contact Us

Recent Blog Posts

Our Services