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  • President Biden Signs 6 Immigration-related Executive Orders his First Day in Office

    On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders, including six immigration-related directives that focus on reversing the “Muslim travel bans,” halting construction of the border wall, preserving protections for “Dreamers,” and more. This is the beginning of President Biden’s efforts to unravel former President Donald Trump’s restrictive immigration measures and […]

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  • PERM Update: Processing Times and Employer Audits Have Increased in the Wake of COVID-19

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put a strain on U.S. employers and the foreign workers they hire. Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) processing times have increased, and employers are seeing a sudden uptick in audits by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The PERM process is the first step of the green card process for foreign […]

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  • Canada to Change Border Restrictions this Week, Allowing Certain Individuals with Pre-Approval to Enter

    Last Friday, Canada announced that it will share new procedures on Thursday that will allow some extended family members, international students, and individuals with compassionate reasons to cross the border. All individuals will need pre-approval from the Canadian government in order to cross the border.  Canada has stated that there will be a “robust process” […]

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  • Canadian Border Remains Closed Until September 21, 2020: What You Need to Know

    The U.S.-Canada Border has been closed since March 21, 2020. Initially, the border was closed for 30 days, subject to reevaluation and further extension, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On August 14, 2020, the closure was extended for the fifth time since March, leaving the border closed through September 21, 2020.  What You Need […]

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  • Executive Order Overview: L-1 Visa

    In today’s video, our Associate Attorney, Zach Ahlstrom, discusses the impact of President Trump’s executive order on certain nonimmigrant visa categories. One of these categories is the L-1 visa. However, as Canadians are visa-exempt, Canadians are still eligible to apply for and renew L-1 status at the border. When the executive order was initially issued […]

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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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  • US/Canada Border Update (June 25, 2020)

    Senior Associate Attorney, Gabriella Agostinelli, keeps you up to date on what’s happening at the US/Canadian border.  In her latest video, she confirms that CBP is still processing both new and renewal L-1s and TNs.  Although the border remains closed through at least July 21st, Gabriella had three clients successfully apply for L-1 status just this […]

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  • Guide to Traveling to the U.S. During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    On March 24, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published notice of the Secretary’s decisions to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada  and Mexico into the United states at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada and United States-Mexico border to “essential travel.”  Given the outbreak and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic within […]

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  • Canada Exempts Immediate Family Members of Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents from Travel Restrictions

    The Canada Border Services Agency announced that as of June 8, 2020, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents are exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada providing they are entering to be with an immediate family member for at least fifteen days. The exemption aims to help […]

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  • Restrictions for Non-Essential Travel Extended at U.S./Canadian Border for 30 More Days

    On April 22, 2020, the U.S. and Canadian governments agreed to extend cross-border travel restrictions to non-essential travel for an additional 30 days, beginning April 21, 2020.  “Essential travel” allowable at U.S. land ports of entry, includes the following: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States;  Individuals traveling for medical purposes […]

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