Whirlpool Rapids Bridge Closing Temporarily

On April 1, 2019, the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, which spans the international border between Canada and the United States in Niagara Falls, will be temporarily closing. The closure is necessitated by the upcoming removal of the 1,700-foot Niagara Scenic Parkway viaduct above the bridge and customs plaza. The removal of the viaduct is part of a larger project for the renovation of the parkway along the Niagara River Gorge. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, which is overseeing the redesign project, is hopeful that the project will ultimately expand the waterfront, increase access to the Niagara River Gorge, and add new green space to the area. The bridge is scheduled to be closed for 35 days until May 5, but these dates are tentative. Despite the closure, the Amtrak trains that run on a track on top of the bridge will continue to operate during the demolition. However, the closure of the bridge will certainly affect travel into, and out of, the United States because the NEXUS enrollment center at the bridge will also be closed temporarily. To help alleviate the loss of this entry point, the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and the Rainbow Bridge will offer extended hours of NEXUS lane availability. […]
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Information and Statistics on CBP Electronic Device Searches

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released statistics on electronic device searches. In the first six months of 2017, CBP has searched the electronic devices of 14,993 individuals. This accounts for about 0.008 percent of the 189 million international travelers that have arrived in the United States. Compare this to 2015 when CBP searched the electronic devices of only 8,503 individuals — roughly 0.002 percent of the more than 383 million international travelers that arrived in the U.S. So why have these numbers increased so drastically? CBP states that this increase is influenced by their mission to protect the American people and enforce the nation’s laws in this digital age. CBP has a broad array of responsibility. It is responsible for ensuring the safety and admissibility of all goods and people entering the U.S. It is tasked with determining the identity and citizenship of all persons seeking entry, determining the admissibility of foreign nationals and deterring the entry of possible terrorists, terrorist weapons, controlled substances and a wide variety of other prohibited items. All persons, baggage and merchandise arriving in, or departing from, the U.S. will come into contact with CBP and is subject to inspection, search and detention. So […]
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CBP Launches Border Enforcement Statistics Webpage

The Department of Homeland Security has recently published a memo unveiling a webpage with a summary of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforcement actions related to inadmissibles, apprehensions, arrests of individuals with criminal convictions, and individuals who have been apprehended multiple times crossing the border illegally. CBP is the nation’s largest federal law enforcement agency responsible for securing the nation’s borders and facilitating international travel and trade. Their top priority is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States. At the country’s more than 300 ports of entry, CBP officers have a complex mission with broad law enforcement authorities tied to screening all foreign visitors, returning American citizens and imported cargo that enters the U.S. Along the country’s borders, the U.S. Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations are the uniformed law enforcement arms of CBP responsible for securing U.S. borders between ports of entry. On a typical day in fiscal year 2016, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 1,140 individuals along the U.S. border, CBP officers logged 22 arrests of wanted criminals at ports of entry, CBP officers refused entry to 752 individuals who applied for admission at one of our ports of entry, and CBP officers […]
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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 other side of things, assisting clients applying for work authorization under the Free Trade Agreement. Sam began his immigration career in 1973, working in the Buffalo District Office of the legacy Immigration Naturalization Service (“INS”). He was appointed as an Immigration Inspector in 1975 and worked “on the front line” at the Peace Bridge until the U.S. and Canada entered into the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) in 1989. Sam was promptly promoted to Free Trade Officer, one of the first to hold the position, and sent to Washington, DC and St. Albans, VT for extensive training in the new agreement. Sam returned to Buffalo a recognized expert Free Trade Officer and inspected on average 75-80 applicants per week for TN status and 35 – 50 applicants per week for L-1 status at the Peace Bridge. Sam’s assistance and facilitation of these applicants consistently […]
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Celebrating Berardi Immigration Law’s 10-Year Anniversary

Welcome to Berardi Immigration Law! This year, Berardi Immigration Law celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi founded the firm in 2005 with a vision to create a premier U.S. immigration legal services team. Her vision was realized, as Berardi Immigration Law is now a respected firm across the globe known for its knowledge, insight and exceptional service. With offices in Buffalo, Newport Beach, London and Toronto, our firm has helped thousands of clients make their immigration dreams a reality. In the following video, Rosanna Berardi welcomes you to the website and explains what sets Berardi Immigration Law apart from other firms. Please click on the link to watch the video: We invite you to spend some time on our website and check out all of the information we have pertaining to your U.S. immigration needs. You’ll find a variety of articles, frequently asked questions and videos. We encourage you to subscribe to our blog where you’ll receive updates on trends and immigration topics. You can do that by clicking here. We’ve built this firm on the foundation of treating each client as if they are our only client. We return phone calls and respond to emails promptly so […]
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Berardi Immigration Law’s Busy Month at the Border

During the last few weeks, Berardi Immigration Law met 12 clients at the Peace Bridge and assisted each in presenting their applications to Customs & Border Protection. Importantly, each of these cases was approved. As you will read below, the statuses sought by our clients included the L-1, TN and B-1 categories. B-1 Visa for Religious Study and Service While our most popular border applications include the TN and L-1 categories, our office frequently prepares B-1/B-2 packages for a variety of immigration-based circumstances. One such circumstance involves members of religious orders who plan to fulfill stages of religious discernment in the U.S. This week, we accompanied two members of religious life to the Peace Bridge to obtain B-1 visas for their upcoming period of service, study and prayer in the U.S. Both gentlemen were approved and were granted a one-year period of stay in the U.S. to continue their religious journeys. TN Visas for Management Consultants  As many are aware, the Management Consultant designation is among the most highly scrutinized of the TN categories. Fortunately for our clients, our highly experienced team regularly prepares applications for Management Consultants with very high levels of success. This month we brought several individuals seeking […]
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The U.S. Government Has the Right to Search Your Electronic Devices at the Border

Hundreds of thousands of travelers, citizens and foreign nationals alike cross the U.S. border every day. Many may be surprised to learn that border patrol agents do not need a warrant, any suspicion of wrongdoing or even consent to search a vehicle and all passenger belongings, including electronic devices. With the exception of foreign and domestic officials with diplomatic immunity, everyone who legally crosses a U.S. border undergoes a primary inspection. Most travelers are familiar with this process: A CBP officer checks your documents, glances between you and your passport and asks what your purpose is for entering the country. Following this exchange, a traveler may be asked to undergo a secondary inspection. Travelers can be asked into secondary inspection for a variety of reasons: 1. Travelers may be randomly selected by a system referred to as COMPEX, a loose acronym standing for “Customs Compliance Measurement Examination.” This system randomly chooses travelers for additional screening. The results of these screening are then compared to screenings based on other selection criteria in order to assess effectiveness. 2. The CBP officer may refer a traveler to secondary based upon his or her own observations. There are no regulations in place as to […]
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