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  • The H-2B Category: A Brief Overview

    The H-2B is designated for foreign workers to come to the U.S. temporarily to perform nonagricultural services or labor on a one time, seasonal, peak-load or intermittent basis. ]]>

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  • Is the U.S. Truly "Open for Business"?

    On March 22, 2012, a letter was sent to President Obama by a number of organizations representing a variety of industries and small, medium and major corporations expressing their concerns about the recent increase in requests for evidence and denials with respect to the L-1 visa category.  The Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of State and […]

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  • Case Study: L-1B Previously Denied at Service Center Later Approved

    Berardi Immigration Law successfully implemented a long-term strategy in order to secure L-1B, specialized knowledge status for an individual whose petition had been previously denied by CIS at a service center. ]]>

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  • Letter to President Obama Regarding L-1 Processing at CIS Service Centers

    Letter-to-president-Obama.pdf <<click on text to view letter.

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  • CIS Rolls Out New Notices of Action (Form I-797C)

    CIS has recently began issuing Notices of Action (Form I-797C) with a new look and feel.  The form will now be printed on plain bond paper, which should save the agency more than $1 million annually and will prominently include the disclaimer “THIS NOTICE DOES NOT GRANT ANY IMMIGRATION STATUS OR BENEFIT.” ]]>

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  • Sample of Updated Form I-797C

    Sample_Notice_of_Action_New_Version   <== Click here to view the updated Notice of Action  

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  • Statistics on U.S. Naturalization

    Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon foreign citizens or nationals after fulfilling the necessary requirements.  Once an individual is naturalized, they enjoy nearly all of the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born Americans, including the right to vote. ]]>

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  • Statistics on Lawful Permanent Resident Status

    A lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) or “green card” holder is a person who has been granted legal permanent residence in the United States.  This status confers the ability for an individual to live and work permanently in the U.S.  In addition, a LPR may own property, attend school and join the Armed Forces.  Green card […]

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  • Fees for Consular Services Set to Change Effective April 13, 2012

    The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs will be changing processing fees for border crossing cards, nonimmigrant visas, and immigrant visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates globally.  Individuals with pending consular appointments should be prepared to pay these new fees. ]]>

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  • Introduction to General Wellness Programs by Rogan Morton Law

    Wellness programs are all the rage and could be the future of many employers’ benefit programs.  This is especially true given the skyrocketing costs of health care and prescription drugs, the uncertainly created due to health care reform (PPACA), and reported unhealthy behavior trends among adults in the United States. I receive calls every week […]

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  • Case Study: L-1A Status Granted to Foreign Executive

    Recently, Berardi Immigration Law was retained by a high-level Norwegian executive working for an existing corporation who wanted to expand into the United States. Rosanna Berardi reviewed the facts and concluded that because there would be affiliated foreign and U.S. corporations, as well as other pertinent requirements being met, the business person qualified for L-1A, […]

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  • Q and A: What Goes Into Preparing an Employment-Based Petition Filed with CIS?

    Q.  Can I prepare an immigration petition by myself? A.  The CIS website contains a wealth of information regarding various nonimmigrant classifications, forms, fees, regulations and policies.  However, to the layperson, navigating and interpreting this information correctly can sometimes prove to be difficult.  In fact, U.S. Immigration regulations are one of the most complex areas […]

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  • B-1/B-2 Visas: Visitors to the U.S.

    Are you planning to visit the U.S. for a vacation, to attend a seminar or to visit relatives? If so, there are specific immigration provisions you should be aware of. Qualifying for a Visa Applicants for visitor visas must show that they qualify under provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The presumption in the […]

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  • Sales People as Business Visitors to the U.S.

    Many Canadians enter the U.S. for business reasons in B-1 status which allows for a wide range of business-related activities to be conducted.  However, some areas of permissible business activities are unclear. B-1 status which allows Canadian business people to enter the U.S. temporarily on an intermittent basis requires that the visitor maintain his or her Canadian […]

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  • Visa Services to be Limited at U.S. Embassy in London

    The U.S. Embassy in London is expecting to drastically limit their visa services this summer and is encouraging applicants to apply for their non-immigrant visas this spring and early summer in an effort to avoid delays. The summer months tend to be busy for all U.S. Embassies and Consulates and due to the Olympic Games, the U.S. […]

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  • Imposter Arrested at Peace Bridge

    Earlier this month, CBP Officers encountered an individual traveling by car from Canada to Buffalo who presented a valid U.S. passport and claimed that he was a U.S. citizen.  Ultimately, it was determined that this person was using a false identity.

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  • Job Duties of a TSA Officer

    If you are traveling domestically within the United States, you will encounter Transportation and Security Administration or “TSA” Officers at one of the more than 450 airports located across the country.  There are approximately 43,000 TSA Officers who are responsible for facilitating travel while simultaneously providing frontline security and protecting the traveling public. TSA Officers […]

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  • Job Duties of a CIS Information Officer

    While the CIS website is comprehensive and contains information regarding applications, government fees, filing procedures and case status, individuals who are not familiar with  immigration regulations and practices or who have encountered difficulties with their case, may seek the advice of a CIS Information Officer.

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  • Job Duties of a CIS Adjudications Officer

    If you will be applying for an immigration benefit such as a petition for nonimmigrant worker, application to adjust status to a permanent resident or U.S. citizenship, your petition or application will be reviewed by an Adjudications Officer. Adjudications Officers work from several large CIS service centers positioned in various geographic regions within the U.S. […]

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  • Holiday Weekend Border Crossing Refresher

    Berardi Immigration Law would like to remind you that if you are planning a trip across the border for the Presidents Day/Family Day long weekend to plan for heavier than usual traffic and to ensure that you have the proper documents necessary for travel. Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), U.S. and Canadian citizens […]

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