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  • 472,000 Venezuelan Migrants now eligible for TPS

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended and re-designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. DHS determined that this extension was necessary after reviewing Venezuela’s country conditions. According to DHS, the country continues to lack stability and safety because of social, political, and environmental conditions.  TPS helps provide relief to individuals who […]
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  • Form I-601 FAQ

    Form I-601 is a form for immigrants that are faced with inadmissibility to the United States and want a status adjustment, immigrant visa, certain nonimmigrant statuses, or certain other immigration benefits. You can file this form to apply for a waiver of certain grounds of inadmissibility.  Who may file Form I-601? Whether you are eligible […]
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  • USCIS Celebrates Constitution Week by Welcoming More Than 6,900 New Citizens

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day during a weeklong celebration from September 17th to September 23rd. Throughout “Constitution Week,” USCIS will welcome more than 6,900 new citizens in more than 130 naturalization ceremonies across the nation. Constitution Week is a way for citizens old and new […]
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  • Can You Hold Nonimmigrant Status AND TPS?

    Many people are unsure if they can hold nonimmigrant status and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) simultaneously. The short answer is yes, you can hold both statuses at the same time, as long as you remain eligible for both. This means, in order to maintain both statuses, you must comply with each of the separate guidelines […]
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  • USCIS Clarifies Guidance for EB-1 Eligibility Criteria

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making strides to simplify the application process for EB-1 immigrant visa classifications. In a recent policy update, USCIS has issued guidance in its Policy Manual to provide greater clarity regarding the types of evidence considered when evaluating eligibility for the extraordinary ability (E11) and outstanding professor or researcher […]
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  • USCIS Issues New Guidance for EB-1 Category

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is issuing policy guidance in its Policy Manual to clarify the types of evidence that it may evaluate to determine eligibility for extraordinary ability (E11) and outstanding professor or researcher (E12) EB-1 immigrant visa classifications. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We would love to hear […]
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  • Visa Dropbox Appointment: Everything You Need to Know

    When applying for a U.S. visa, one necessary step involves attending an in-person visa interview. During this session, a consular officer will evaluate your qualification for the visa. You may be asked about several topics such as the purpose of your travel, employment, financial standing, educational background, and your familial and residential circumstances. The primary […]
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  • USCIS Updates Voter Registration Guidance for Naturalization Ceremonies

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it is updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to provide clarification on voter registration access at the agency’s administrative naturalization ceremonies. The updated guidance: For consistency and efficiency, USCIS also created the Form N-401, Voter Registration Services Attestation, for non-governmental agencies to submit a one-time […]
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  • Unveiling the Refugee, Asylum, and Migrant Reality

    Watch this video to get an in-depth look at the paths and processes that refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants must navigate in the United States. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We would love to hear from you.
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  • USCIS Updates “Sought to Acquire” Requirement Under the CSPA

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify how the agency will apply the extraordinary circumstances exception to the “sought to acquire” requirement under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).  This policy manual update: The CSPA, a crucial safeguard for certain immigrant visa beneficiaries, aims […]
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  • Berardi Immigration Law Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Best Lawyers Rankings

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Berardi Immigration Law Attorneys Recognized in the 2024 Best Lawyers Rankings Buffalo, August 24, 2023 – Berardi Immigration Law is thrilled to announce that three of its accomplished attorneys have been honored in the prestigious 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America rankings. […]
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  • What is the Definition of a Child According to U.S. Immigration Law?

    The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and the United States Code (U.S.C.) list the qualifications that establish the definition of a “child” under U.S. Immigration Law. This definition serves as a guideline for aliens who wish to come to the U.S. with their children. Under these laws, there are six different types of children: The […]
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  • DHS Modernizes the Cuban and Haitian Family Reunification Processes

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced updates aimed at providing greater convenience and hope for those seeking family reunification. In an effort to embrace modern technology and meet current demands, DHS has released notices in the Federal Register detailing the modernization of the Cuban and Haitian family reunification parole (FRP) processes. These updates […]
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  • Don’t Leave Home Without These Essential Travel Apps

    Planning a trip but don’t know which travel apps to bring? Learn the essential apps you need when traveling from Berardi Immigration Law! With almost 20 years of experience in immigration law, we help make your journey stress-free and enjoyable. Don’t leave home without these must-have travel app recommendations from Berardi Immigration Law (including Mobile […]
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  • Main Differences Between National and Citizen

    Generally, people consider the term national as a synonym for the term citizen, and vice versa. However, the two terms have different meanings. The main difference between national and citizen is that nationality relates to the place you are born, and citizenship relates to title given to you by the government of a state after […]
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  • USCIS Updates Receipt Process for Form I-129S

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has recently introduced a significant change that will expedite and enhance the processing of L-1 nonimmigrant intracompany transferee petitions. These changes are set to streamline the issuance of receipts for L-1 nonimmigrant executives, managers, or specialized knowledge professionals under a previously approved blanket L petition.  When filing Form I-129S, […]
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  • New Pathways for Stateless Individuals

    Today marks a milestone in the field of immigration as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), issued new guidance specifically targeting the plight of stateless individuals residing in the United States. Who Are Stateless Individuals? Stateless individuals are those who are not legally considered a citizen of any […]
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  • Key Updates on the H-1B Cap for FY 2024: Additional Registrations To Be Selected

    As the fiscal year 2024 gets underway, there are important updates from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding the H-1B visa program. These changes may impact both applicants and employers, offering additional opportunities for foreign professionals in specialty occupations to work in the United States. Here is what you need to know. March […]
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  • Navigating the Interview & Hiring Process with Foreign Nationals

    For any business looking to employ foreign nationals, understanding the specifics of work authorization is critical. It’s vital to know that potential employees have the necessary legal documentation to work in the United States but, at the same time, you must also ensure you do not discriminate based on national origin during the interview process. […]
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  • USCIS and DHS Announces Revisions to Form I-9 and Remote Examinations

    We have big news to share with you today! This past Friday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a monumental decision regarding Form I-9 and remote inspections. On August 1st, 2023, USCIS will publish a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The purpose of Form I-9 is to document that each new […]
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