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  • How To Build A Corporate Culture That Encourages Free Time

    Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, was featured in ForbesWomen to discuss how Berardi enjoys such an amazing team with very little turnover. The “secret” to this success? Supporting your employees by encouraging free time, which will not only boost morale, but also creativity, motivation, and loyalty. “Rosanna Berardi, the Managing Partner of Berardi Immigration Law […]

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  • WGRZ Welcomes Berardi to Discuss Census & Immigration Law

    Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, was invited by Buffalo’s WGRZ Channel 2 TV to join their Town Hall to provide insights on census and immigration law. Her segment starts around the 4m30s mark in the video and she comes on at roughly the 5 minute mark (you can go fullscreen after hitting the Play button […]

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  • Navigating the PERM Recruitment Process

    One of the key points within the PERM process is the recruitment phase. The recruitment process is an essential step to the PERM process because it tests the labor market to prove there are no authorized and qualified U.S. workers available for the job an employer is trying to hire a foreign national to fill. […]

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  • Humanitarian Parole Request Case Summary

    In this video, Associate Attorney Zach Ahlstrom details his recent humanitarian parole case presented at the Peace Bridge port of entry here in Buffalo, NY. Humanitarian parole requests are a bit more rare than our TN or L-1 cases. A humanitarian parole request involves asking Customs and Border protection to admit an individual who would […]

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  • TN Spotlight: Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster

    The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a disaster relief insurance claims adjuster.  How to Qualify as a TN Disaster Relief Insurance […]

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  • How to Fix U.S. Immigration Once & For All

    Every four years, the U.S. presidential candidates promise to “fix immigration.” And yet, they have all failed miserably despite their political affiliation. Why? To start, U.S. immigration law is a political nightmare. The current law, which hasn’t been changed since 1997, doesn’t accurately address the realities of U.S. labour needs of 2020. Despite this, no […]

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  • Applying Discretion in USCIS Adjudications

    USCIS issued a Policy Alert on July 15, 2020 regarding Officer’s use of discretion in adjudicating petitions and applications.  This policy alert comes after President Trump’s June 22, 2020 Proclamation addressing the Department of Homeland Security’s administration of employment authorizations. In response, USCIS has consolidated the existing guidelines of the policy into their Policy Manual.  […]

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  • ICE Rescinds Modifications to Temporary Exemptions for International Students Taking Online Courses

    On July 6, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced modifications to temporary exemptions for international students taking online classes that it had enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The modifications asserted that students taking fully online course loads would be ineligible to receive visas or enter the U.S., and those already present […]

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  • Adjustment of Status or Immigrant Visa Processing: Which is Better?

    The last step in the green card process is asking the U.S. government to create the physical green card. This can be done in two ways, either through Adjustment of Status (AOS) or through Immigrant Visa Processing (IVP). Each option has their own benefits and faults, it is important to look at current processing times […]

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  • TN Spotlight: Librarian

    TN Category Overview The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Librarian.  How to Qualify for TN Status as a Librarian To […]

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  • Department of State Confirms Phased Resumption of Visa Services via Tweet

    In a mid-morning tweet posted on July 13, @Travel-Gov (Official Twitter for U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs) confirmed the following: “US embassies and consulates are beginning the phased resumption of routine visa services. The dates for each embassy or consulate will depend on local conditions. We are unable to provide details for […]

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  • Are you a U.S. Citizen seeking a NAFTA Professional work permit in Canada?

    Tiffany McKenzie is a Berardi Immigration Law Canadian Attorney who represents individuals and corporations seeking to obtain work authorization in Canada.  She also represents our clients at Visa Centres and ports-of-entry to come to Canada to present their criminal rehabilitation applications.  This blog focuses on the NAFTA/USMCA Professional category.  You can also check out our […]

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  • What is a Priority Date? The Visa Bulletin Explained

    Congress limits the number of foreign nationals that may immigrate permanently to the U.S. each year. Since there are more people who apply than the number of immigrant visas that will be issued on an annual basis, a backlog is created. In addition to setting an overall limit on the number of green cards that […]

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  • TN Spotlight: Hotel Manager

    TN Category Overview  The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. employer or entity.  Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify.  One such occupation is a Hotel Manager. How to Qualify as a Hotel Manager  […]

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  • ICE Modifies Temporary Exemptions for Online Class Allowances for Fall 2020 Semester

    During the Spring 2019 semester, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) temporarily reduced the restrictions on online courses permitted under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The reductions allowed students in F-1 or M-1 status to participate in online or alternate learning procedures and count them towards a full course of study without risk […]

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  • Q&A: Canadian Alternatives to the U.S. H-1B Visa

    Tiffany McKenzie is a Berardi Immigration Law Canadian Attorney who represents individuals and corporations seeking to obtain work authorization in Canada.  She also represents our clients at Visa Centres and ports-of-entry to come to Canada to present their criminal rehabilitation applications.  The focus of this blog is on work permits but you can also check […]

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  • TN Spotlight: Graphic Designer

    TN Category Overview The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Graphic Designer. How to Qualify as a Graphic Designer To qualify […]

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  • PERM: Successor in Interest

    If a company has been acquired, merged or had a significant change in its ownership, this may have an impact on a foreign national’s PERM application.  If the legal entity of the employer changes while the PERM application is pending with DOL, the application may become invalid unless the new company meets several criteria to qualify […]

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  • White House Amends Order Suspending Entry of Foreign Nationals Under Certain Work Visa

    On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation prohibiting foreign nationals  from entering the U.S. under H-1B, H-2B, J (if participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work program), or L nonimmigrant visa status.  The original proclamation applied the prohibition on entry to foreign nationals who are outside the […]

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  • Canada Day is approaching! Can I Travel to Canada?

    In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders, as part of a North American approach to stop the spread of the virus. These measures were implemented on March 21, 2020 and were originally in place for 30 […]

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