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  • Beyond the Border: A United States-Canada Joint Declaration

    “Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness” is a joint initiative between the United States and Canada to enhance security and expedite trade and travel in order to benefit both nations. From the declaration by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper released on February 4, 2011: “The United States and […]

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  • How to Apply to Become a Member of the NEXUS Program

    A NEXUS card is a border crossing card that offers expedited travel at the U.S. and Canadian Borders for pre-screened individuals. There are designated border ports, preclearance airports, and marine reporting locations where individuals with a NEXUS card may enter. Becoming a member of the NEXUS program reduces wait times at designated ports of entry through specific […]

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  • Reduce Summer Travel Times with the Global Entry Program

    With the school year quickly coming to a close, thousands of Americans and foreign nationals alike will begin booking their summer getaways. Whether you will be flying to a popular international destination like Britain or France, or perhaps visiting the U.S. from Canada or Mexico, CBP offers the Global Entry Program to help shorten U.S. […]

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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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  • 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 […]

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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 […]

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  • What You Need to Know About the Possible Homeland Security Shutdown

    Why might the Department of Homeland Security shut down? The Senate has been in a stalemate because of immigration amendments the House attached to the bill last month related to the executive orders issued by President Obama. These executive orders would defer deportations for millions of migrants who are now in the United States illegally. […]

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  • Tips on Locating and Printing Automated Form I-94 and Travel History

    United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has now fully implemented its program to automate Form I-94 at all air and sea ports. CBP now also provides a foreign national’s arrival and departure records for the past five years. It’s important to note that the system is passport driven. Consequently, every passport number used by […]

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  • Canadian Admissibility Issues and Past Criminal Convictions — Part 1: The Effect of Juvenile Delinquency on U.S. Admissibility

    Dear Berardi Immigration Law: Over 25 years ago, when I was only 16 years old, I made a stupid decision and stole some items from a local department store. I was convicted as a minor for the offense of Theft Under $200. I have not committed any crimes since. I would now like to enter […]

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  • Department of Homeland Security Releases Year-end Statistics

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released its fiscal year 2014 enforcement statistics from the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). All three agency’s statistics are being reported and released together in an effort to promote transparency and timely reporting to […]

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