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Administrative Processing "Waiting Game" Can Lead to Frustration

Applying for a visa or green card at U.S. Consular posts can sometimes prove to be a long waiting process, especially when you hear the adjudicating officer say, “Your case needs further administrative processing.”  The Administrative Processing process is a key tool in ensuring careful consideration and screening of individuals admitted legally to the United […]

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Rosanna Berardi on Employment Visas – Buffalo Law Journal Oct. 11, 2012

Buffalo Law Journal recently interviewed our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, regarding a hot topic in today’s economy: grim employment figures and a conflicting shortage of skilled workers in the science, medical and IT fields. In an article published on Thursday, October 11, several Buffalo attorneys commented on a “system that is short-serving the region and […]

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New CBP/USCIS Inspection Procedures for Trucks Crossing Peace Bridge

On Monday, October 8, 2012, it was announced that Canada and the United State have entered into a preliminary agreement that would allow Buffalo bound trucks preclearance in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.  This new initiative which seeks to improve traffic flow across the Peace Bridge would allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs […]

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New Filing Option for Canadian TN Nonimmigrants

Effective October 1, 2012, changes to filing procedures for TN classification have changed.  These changes impact both individuals and employers of foreign nationals.  Filing of L petitions are not effected by these changes. Canadian TN Nonimmigrants USCIS is now accepting Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Workers, filed on behalf of Canadian citizens seeking TN classification […]

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How will the Beyond the Border Implementation Affect You?

In February of 2011, U.S. President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper announced the Beyond the Border Action Plan under which both countries work together to achieve security on our borders while facilitating the lawful movement of people and goods. Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Canaddian Border Services Agency […]

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How are Federal Agencies Responding to Phase-Out of I-94 Card?

As an update from a recent blog: CBP Mulls Elimination of I-94 Card, the Office of Field Operations (OFO) is implementing an interim process to serve as a transition to the elimination of Form I-94. As reported earlier, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plans on eliminating the paper Form I-94 card. Instead, a foreign national’s nonimmigrant […]

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NEXUS helps time-strapped business travelers

If you frequently travel between Canada and the U.S. for business, you have probably grown accustomed to long lines and delays at airports and border crossings. For frequent business travelers, using a NEXUS card to cross the border is a great solution to avoid lines,

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HR Professionals Ask About their Employment-Based Immigration Concerns

Recently, Berardi Immigration Law reached out to a number of our corporate immigration clients to find out what some of the most frequently asked questions from their foreign employees are.   Here are some of those responses: Q: Can foreign employees working in the U.S. travel outside the U.S.? A: Generally yes but the requirements may […]

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Expatriate Immigration Issues

U.S. employers often assign U.S.-based employees to work in overseas operations as “expatriates.”  Not only can the costs of sending employees on overseas assignments be significant, but managing the process can be time consuming and confusing for employers. Of particular concern is resolving questions

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Fact or Fiction for B-2 Visitors

Questions persist about the amount of time that a foreign national may be present in the U.S. as a “visitor.”  Our post today will focus on identifying some common statements we hear from clients regarding B-2 admissions and determining if those statements are fact or fiction. Statement #1: A visitor to the U.S. can’t stay […]

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Diversity Visa Lottery Program Provides a Shot at U.S. Permanent Residency

Starting at noon (EDT) on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, the Dept. of State will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.  The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered annually to allow a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” to immigrant to the U.S. The diversity immigrants are ones who otherwise may […]

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Your Naturalization Interview

An application for naturalization (Form N-400), which has been filed with CIS, requires that the individual applicant (and in some instances, the spouse) be interviewed prior to adjudication. For many people, the prospect of being interviewed by an immigration officer can be stressful. However, for those who are prepared, an immigration interview should be straightforward […]

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Citizenship Through Permanent Residency (General Requirements)

If you are a green card holder of at least 5 years and meet the following requirements, you may apply for naturalization: Be 18 or older; Be a green card holder for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing the Application for Naturalization Have lived within the state, or USCIS district with […]

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Study Aids for U.S. Naturalization (Citizenship) Test

In order to become a Naturalized Citizen, an applicant must first pass the Naturalization Test given at their N-400 interview. This test is compromised of two parts: (1) the Civics Test and (2) the English Language Test. The Civics Test contains 100 questions but at the interview only 10 random questions will be asked. In […]

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Case Study: Get Me to the Church On Time!

Last week, Berardi Immigration Law successfully applied for humanitarian parole on behalf of our client, a UK citizen and permanent resident of Canada.  Humanitarian Parole is often a “last chance” for individuals who are not otherwise eligible for entry into the U.S., but request admittance for urgent medical or humanitarian reasons or other compelling emergencies.  Review of […]

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Heightened Security Measures in Place in Wake of Multiple U.S. Embassy Attacks

With the recent attacks at the U.S. Consulates in Benghazi, Libya; Cairo, Egypt; Kabul, Afghanistan; and Sana’a, Yemen, we urge all domestic and foreign applicants with appointments at any Consulate to use caution and follow the Consulate’s specific guidelines.  Since security will be increased at all Consulates, not just those affected by the recent attacks, […]

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Remembering

Eleven years ago today, The United States of America – her people and their foundation of freedom, equality and independence – suffered one of the most horrendous attacks in history.  Today, as we continue to heal as a nation, we remember the cherished lives of our family members, friends, co-workers, and volunteers lost on that […]

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