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  • William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008

    On December 23, 2008, the President signed into law the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (WWTVPRA) of 2008.  The Act makes several changes to nonimmigrant visa classification criteria, visa processing requirements, and the ground for inadmissibility under INA section 212(a)(2)(H),  A Department of State cable to all Diplomatic and Consular Post was issued in June […]

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  • TN Nonimmigrant Visa: Employing Canadian and Mexican Nationals Under NAFTA

    Basic Information about the TN Visa TN Visas are available to citizens of Canada and Mexico who meet certain requirments. This visa category was created under the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canadian and Mexican citizens can work in the U.S. in positions listed in Appendix 1603.d.1. The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement […]

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  • NAFTA Nonimmigrant Visas (TN and L-1): A Comparison

    NAFTA Visas: A Comparison L-1 Status TN Status Summary 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.  Individual “transfers” to affiliated U.S. entity. […]

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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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  • Visa Granted to Sister of New Jersey Girl with Cancer

    Fox News reported yesterday that federal officials will provide a humanitarian visa so a 5-year-old New Jersey girl can get a life-saving bone marrow transplant from her Salvadoran sister. ]]>

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  • Temporary Alien Labor to Meet Temporary or Seasonal Needs (H-2A & H-2B)

    U.S. employers may petition for skilled or unskilled alien workers to meet temporary or seasonal needs in positions for which qualified U.S. workers are not available. It is important to note that the employer’s need for such services must be temporary . There is currently an annual cap of 66,000 visas for H-2B workers. There […]

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  • Most illegal immigrants deported last year were criminals

    The U.S. deported nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants last year, and an increasing number of them were convicted criminals, according to figures set for release Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security.   Click here to read the USA Today article. ]]>

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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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  • American Bar Association urges Congress to reject birthright law

    August 9, 2011 – The American Bar Association passed a resolution Tuesday urging the U.S. Congress to reject any changes to the Constitution that would eliminate automatic citizenship for anyone born in the United States.   Click here to read the article in on the ABA website. ]]>

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  • Justice Department sues to block Alabama immigration law

    August 1, 2011 – Brian Lyman from the Montgomery Advertiser reported that the Justice Department went to court to block Alabama‘s pending immigration law from taking effect next month.   Click here  to read the article posted in the Montgomery Advertiser. ]]>

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