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USMCA/NAFTA News Center

News, case studies, and more to help with your USMCA/NAFTA-related needs.

  • Employee Spotlight: NAFTA Paralegal Sam Tiranno

    Bringing decades of immigration experience to the team, we are proud to have Samuel J. Tiranno as our NAFTA Paralegal at Berardi Immigration Law. Sam joined the firm about five years ago after an exceptional career in the Immigration Service. After serving as an Immigration Inspector at the Peace Bridge, Sam is now on the […]
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  • A Busy Summer at the Border for BIL

    Over the last six weeks, BIL has met an impressive 34 clients at the Peace Bridge port of entry in Buffalo, N.Y., to present applications for temporary employment and admission into the U.S. A majority of these individuals were Canadian clients who were applying for TN and L-1 status to temporarily work and reside in […]
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  • CBP Will Now Adjudicate Dependent Classifications for Same Sex Couples

    In June of 2013, the Supreme Court decided in United States v. Windsor that restricting U.S. federal interpretation of “marriage” and “spouse” to apply only to heterosexual couples under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Since the repeal of DOMA, U.S. citizens and green card holders are able to petition for their same-sex […]
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  • BIL’s First Quarter Border Activity

    Berardi Immigration Law has had a busy first quarter at the U.S.-Canadian border. Since early January, we have appeared on behalf of at least 40 clients on 18 separate days at the Peace Bridge. Some of these appearances were entered on behalf of other attorneys, but most represent clients whose cases our office fully drafted […]
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  • An Interview with Original Peace Bridge NAFTA Officer Samuel Tiranno

    After serving more than 33 years as an immigration inspector, it comes as no surprise that our NAFTA paralegal, Samuel Tiranno, has a vast understanding of employment-based visa categories. Mr. Tiranno first began his career in immigration in 1973 with the Buffalo District Office of Immigration & Naturalization Services (INS). He then went on to […]
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  • Recapping Berardi Immigration Law’s Busy Week at the Border

    Last week, Berardi Immigration Law accompanied seven clients to the border to present their cases before Customs & Border Protection (CBP) at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, N.Y. Once again, we were successful in having all of our clients’ petitions approved. Renewal of L-1A (1) and L-1B Status (2) Among our many cases, we assisted […]
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  • CBP Addresses Many Interesting Points at AILA’s Annual Canada/U.S. Border Immigration Conference

    Several associates from Berardi Immigration Law attended AILA’s sixth annual Canada/U.S. Border Immigration Fall Conference on Oct. 17. The conference focused on the intersection of U.S. and Canadian law and celebrated the 20th anniversary of NAFTA. In staying true to this focus, several CBP officers from the local Buffalo Peace Bridge served on a panel […]
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  • Rosanna Berardi to Present at AILA’s 6th Annual Canada/U.S. Border Immigration Conference

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will host the 6th annual Canada/U.S. Border Immigration Fall Conference in Buffalo, N.Y., on Oct. 17, and among this year’s presenters will be Berardi Immigration Law’s Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi. The AILA conference gives leading immigration lawyers and other professionals the opportunity to discuss and analyze substantive and practical […]
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  • A Busy Week of NAFTA Petitions at the U.S.-Canada Border

    Once again, Rosanna Berardi and Jennifer Behm of Berardi Immigration Law have been busy at the Peace Bridge presenting NAFTA petitions with our clients. Here is a summary of some of our latest success stories at the border: • TN status under NAFTA’s Zoologist designation for our client who was offered a job working with birds […]
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  • Presenting your TN application at the border

    Have you received a great job offer, had your new employer provide you with an offer letter and instructed you to “go to the border” to present a TN application?  Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, offers some insight on the process and why you should consider using an experienced Immigration Attorney to assist you. http://youtu.be/OmxRf32jUY4 […]
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  • A Busy and Successful Week at the Peace Bridge

    Our attorneys presented a total of 5 L-1 applications and 1 TN application and all were approved! On Tuesday, Rosanna Berardi, managing partner, accompanied three business professionals applying for L-1A status as managers/executives.  Ms. Berardi was requested to meet the clients at the Peace Bridge and assist them in presenting the applications to the Customs […]
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  • Success at the Peace Bridge

    Last week, Berardi Immigration Law had a very busy schedule at the Peace Bridge.  Rosanna Berardi, our managing partner, and Jennifer Early, our associate attorney, met a total of six clients to present their applications for a U.S. work permit – and all were immediately approved.  Some of our cases included the following:  A TN […]
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  • Year End Review of the TN Category

    As 2012 is coming to an end, Berardi Immigration Law is taking a look at past TN blogs and videos and re-posting some of our “favorites” that we believe will help guide you in the TN process. Basic overview of the TN category: The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) makes temporary employment in the U.S. […]
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  • Management Consultant TN is a Closely Scrutinized Visa Category

    Last week, our Associate Attorney Jennifer Early represented a client at the Peace Bridge who works as a Management Consultant for the international developer of water, sanitation and hygiene programs. CBP inspectors consider the Management Consultant category under NAFTA to be an invitation for fraud and abuse. To qualify for TN status under most NAFTA […]
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