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Criminal Waivers

Were you convicted of a minor criminal offense many years ago? If so, you may be inadmissible to the U.S. Prior Convictions—Options and Relief The Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”) contains several criminal-related provisions related to admission to the U.S. Specifically, one provision of the INA renders foreign nationals inadmissible if they are convicted of […]

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Deportation/Removal from the United States

The Immigration and Nationality Act contains several provisions regarding the deportation of non-citizens. Non-citizens may be deported for a variety of reasons including criminal issues or illegal entry/employment issues. Long-time “green card holders” or lawful permanent residents of the U.S. are also subject to such provisions. Rosanna Berardi is a former Trial Attorney for the […]

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Impact of a Criminal Conviction on Your Immigration Status

The U.S. government does not recognize foreign pardons when determining admissibility. This means that even if your past conviction was pardoned, you may still need a criminal waiver to enter the U.S. In this video, Attorney Rosanna Berardi discusses when a criminal waiver may be needed. Did you take a plea agreement without realizing you […]

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Inadmissibility to the U.S. & the Petty Offense Exception

Even if advised by CBP that you need to obtain a criminal waiver, you may qualify for the Petty Offense Exception. Don’t go to the time and expense of filing for an unnecessary waiver. Call Immigration Attorney Rosanna Berardi for a consultation to determine if you qualify for this exception. Do you think that because […]

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Tips for Peace Bridge Appearances

US Immigration Attorney, Rosanna Berardi, discusses issues relating to entering the United States. Topics include waivers, entry documents, role of immigration officer, search and seizure rights and other best practices. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), certain applications and petitions that are employment-based may be presented for adjudication by a CBP officer at […]

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Job Duties of a CBP Officer

If you are applying for admission to the United States, you will encounter a CBP Officer at one of the more than 300 land, sea or air ports-of-entry.  CBP Officers are responsible for facilitating trade and travel while simultaneously enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations which include customs, immigration and drug laws. CBP Officer’s screen all […]

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The Faces Within the Department of Homeland Security

More than 230,000 men and women work for DHS on a daily basis with a common goal of maintaining the security of the United States.  Part of this important mission involves security and management of the nation’s borders as well as enforcement and administration of immigration regulations. Agencies that might typically be encountered include U.S. […]

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L-1 Nonimmigrant Visa: Intracompany Transferees

Is it time to expand your foreign business in the U.S.? Do you work for a foreign corporation that is looking to transfer you to the U.S.? If so, you may qualify for L-1 nonimmigrant status. The L-1 visa category is used to transfer foreign employees to U.S. affiliated companies. Berardi Immigration Law has successfully handled hundreds […]

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Cultivating a new crop of farmhands

With the fall apple-picking season upon Western New York farmers, finding workers has become a concern for those who need to have crops picked. Buffalo News reporter Maryellen Tighe’s front page story addresses problems farmers face because of tougher immigration laws, local people changing to other work, the lack of an effective guest worker program, […]

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Mexican Journalist Wins Asylum in Texas

Last summer, Alejandro Hernandez Pacheco was almost certain he was going to die before he miraculously fled Mexican drug cartel members that had kidnapped him.  Read his story in the Texas Tribune by clicking here . ]]>

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States Introduce Record Number Of Immigration Bills

Homeland Security Newswire reported that, in trying to find solutions to the nation’s immigration problems, nearly 1,600 immigration bills have been introduced in state legislatures this year. To read the article on the Homeland Security Newswire website, click here . ]]>

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Undocumented immigrants face checks on Amtrak, Greyhound

August 14, 2011 – Miami Herald reporter, Sarah Gonzalez, reports that federal agents appear to have stepped up checks for undocumented immigrants on Amtrak trains, Greyhound buses and other forms of public transportation. Click here to read the entire article from the Miami Herald. ]]>

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