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Does your short-term project in the U.S. require work authorization?

If you are coming to the U.S. to do “productive work,” even for a short period of time, you must be authorized by the U.S. government to do so. Berardi Immigration Law was recently retained by an independent film company who wanted to obtain work authorization for a Canadian Graphic Designer who has extensive experience […]

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Not using an Immigration Attorney… maybe you should be!

Why is it important to use a licensed immigration attorney? The simple answer- so you are fully informed, applications get filed properly, and most importantly your status in the U.S. is not jeopardized.  This week, Berardi Immigration Law, learned of two cases of how the negative consequences of not hiring a licensed immigration attorney can […]

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2013 Goal – Expand your Canadian business into the U.S.

Each new year brings promise, excitement, and goals of self-improvement.  If you are a small business owner in Canada, you might have plans to expand your company into new markets and industries this year.  The L-1 intracompany transferee regulations under the NAFTA treaty provides special rules allowing you to open a new office in the […]

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New Stateside Waiver

Beginning March 4, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start to accept the new provisional unlawful presence waiver of immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens (USC) stateside. Under the new rule immediate relatives (spouse, children under 21, and parents only) of USCs who have been unlawfully present in the U.S. may file this provisional […]

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Year End Review of Waivers

Have you ever been arrested in Canada or anywhere in the world?  If yes, then you may need a nonimmigrant U.S. waiver to enter the U.S.  if your offense is deemed to be a crime involving moral turpitude or CIMT.  This year end review will provide  an overview of U.S. Waivers.  At Berardi Immigration Law, […]

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U.S.-Canada Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement

U.S. and Canadian government officials signed a U.S.-Canada Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement on December 13, 2012. This agreement will enable Canada and the U.S. to share information about third country nationals who apply for a visa or permit to travel to either country. The agreement authorizes U.S. and Canadian border officers to send automated […]

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Year End Review of the L-1 Category

The L-1 visa category is available to individuals who have been employed on a full-time basis by a foreign corporation outside of the U.S. for at least one year during the preceding three-year period in either a managerial, executive (L-1A), or specialized knowledge (L-1B) capacity. This category allows an individual to “transfer” to the affiliated […]

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Year End Review of the TN Category

As 2012 is coming to an end, Berardi Immigration Law is taking a look at past TN blogs and videos and re-posting some of our “favorites” that we believe will help guide you in the TN process. Basic overview of the TN category: The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) makes temporary employment in the U.S. […]

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Maintaining Permanent Resident Status

After the time, care and financial investment it takes to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, care should be taken so that an individual not put their status in jeopardy.  You may lose your permanent resident status (green card) if you commit an act that makes you removable from the United States […]

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Tools to Help Foreign Entrepreneurial Businesses in U.S.

Earlier this week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas launched a new initiative called, Entrepreneur Pathways, to assist entrepreneurs who want to start a business and create jobs in the U.S.   This is part of the program started by USCIS in October 2011 called Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR). The EIR program draws on the […]

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Management Consultant TN is a Closely Scrutinized Visa Category

Last week, our Associate Attorney Jennifer Early represented a client at the Peace Bridge who works as a Management Consultant for the international developer of water, sanitation and hygiene programs. CBP inspectors consider the Management Consultant category under NAFTA to be an invitation for fraud and abuse. To qualify for TN status under most NAFTA […]

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Thanksgiving

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, we at Berardi Immigration Law would like to take the time and show our gratitude to our clients who entrusted us with their immigration needs over the years.  We strive to present all our client’s with their best options and then to fully prepare and help them through their immigration process.  […]

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How to De-Stress your Holiday Border Crossing

CBP in Buffalo, NY has issued a comprehensive news release with excellent information on dealing with busy holiday border traffic along the U.S./Southern Ontario border.  Busy border traffic is expected to begin the day before Thanksgiving and continue throughout December as the holiday season gears up. Here are some of the tips offered: Check traffic […]

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Careful consideration should be given to degree for TN application

In another successful TN border case, Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, represented a client who wanted to obtain a TN visa. The TN visa is available to Canadian or Mexican nationals seeking employment under the NAFTA Treaty.  The job position must be one of the approved professions set forth by NAFTA, like Accountant, Computer Systems Analyst, Engineer, and […]

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L-1A Status Granted to Canadian Exec Opening New Office in NYC

Berardi Immigration Law was recently retained by a Canadian professional who wished to enter the United States to open a new branch of his Canadian-based company in the United States. Our client is the President/Creative Director of a successful marketing corporation, and in order to successfully fulfill the demands of his U.S. customer accounts, as […]

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USCIS Offers Special Immigration Benefits to Military Personnel

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Berardi Immigration Law would like to provide some tips to members of military members who wish to sponsor a foreign spouse for U.S. permanent residency (“green card”): A member of the U.S. armed forces is able to apply for permanent resident status (“green card”) for their foreign national spouse.  The […]

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Information released with your FOIA request

What is The Freedom of Information Act? Enacted in 1966, The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that establishes the public’s right to obtain information from federal government agencies.  Any person can file a FOIA request, including U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, organizations, associations, and universities. Following the Watergate scandal, the Act was […]

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When NOT to listen to the little voice inside your head …

Often times clients come to Berardi Immigration Law once they have hit a problem in their immigration pursuits.  While most times, we are able to help the client and provide a solution to their problems; that may not always be the situation.  Therefore, to avoid extra undue stress, consider contacting us before you start your […]

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Some USCIS Services Temporarily Suspended Post-Sandy

Following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the East Coast is beginning a slow but steady recovery. Businesses and services in the north-eastern states are starting to reopen, including some federal offices, schools and the stock exchange. Limited flights have resumed to airports in New York, although major delays are still expected after the cancellation of […]

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