Featured Clients of the Month: Ted & Austhin

Congratulations to our clients, Ted and Austhin, who recently completed the marriage-based green card process and were successfully approved! Ted is a U.S. citizen and Austhin is a citizen of Indonesia. Austhin recently received her ten-year green card with the help of our firm after filing an approved Form I-130 and attending an immigrant visa interview in Jakarta, Indonesia with the U.S. Embassy.  Ted met his wife, Austhin, in Jakarta where he was volunteering as an English instructor in 2012. Austhin was a teacher at the local school. The two immediately hit it off and began dating. However, Ted had to return to the U.S. in August of 2012 in order to continue pursuing his graduate degree. In the meantime, Ted and Austhin had a long-distance relationship and continued to keep in touch.  Upon completion of his degree in the U.S., Ted moved to Indonesia to be with Austhin. The couple enjoyed their life together in Indonesia until Austhin was granted a scholarship at Northern Arizona University. Austhin went to study in Arizona while Ted accepted a job in Cincinnati, but the couple continued their long-distance relationship in the meantime. In 2017, Ted and Austhin decided they could not be […]
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Client of the Month: Aaron Hakim

Aaron Hakim has been a client of Berardi Immigration Law since 2014. As a Canadian citizen, we have successfully procured TN status for Mr. Hakim on two occasions now. But earlier this year, Mr. Hakim approached our firm to secure a more permanent U.S. immigration benefit, a green card. As an expert in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, Economics, and Medicine, Mr. Hakim has acquired extraordinary ability and has earned industry awards for his accomplishments in research and science. He has also had many of his articles published in various industry publications throughout the course of his career. This made him a clear fit for the EB-1A green card category. Additionally, Mr. Hakim is a graduate of Yale University where he received dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics and Molecular Biology and is currently working towards his Doctor of Medicine degree. While completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Mr. Hakim was working for a U.S. company specializing in public market investments in small capitalization biotechnology companies. Even given Mr. Hakim’s impressive credentials, the green card process can be very challenging, especially for extraordinary ability applicants. Despite the challenge of a more difficult adjudication environment, our experienced team was able […]
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Featured Client of the Month: Reza Kamran

Berardi Immigration recently helped Reza Kamran obtain a Green Card in order to work for a company in the United States. Reza was thrilled to receive a job offer from a company in California but was unfamiliar with immigration firms and the process. Originally, Reza worked with the company’s internal corporate immigration lawyer. Unfortunately, this application was denied at the border, leaving Reza without work authorization. Fortunately, Berardi Immigration Law was able to step in and assist Reza with both damage control for his denial and suggest another preferable course of action. Based on Reza’s qualifications and individual circumstances, an employment-based Green Card was determined to be the best fit. This application submitted by Berardi was successful, and Reza and his family are currently in the United States. Reza is excited to continue living and working in the U.S.  Reza was impressed by his interactions with everyone at Berardi Immigration Law. The professionalism and knowledge of the entire team especially stood out. Reza was glad that “Berardi was fully prepared to not only speak on my behalf but ensured that the documentation case was air tight.” Furthermore, the team at Berardi “was always there to support and recommend the best […]
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USCIS Implementing Signature Confirmation Delivery Service for Important Documents

Beginning April 30, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began phasing in use of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service. The USPS service is now used to mail Green Cards and other secure immigration documents. It is important to note, however, that the first phase of this new delivery method will not affect every individual expecting secure documents. It will likely only affect those documents that need to be re-mailed because they were returned as non-deliverable. Applicants who have changed mailing addresses during the course of the application process are more likely to have their secure documents sent with the new delivery method. The new delivery method will require applicants to present identification to sign for their documents upon delivery. Individuals will also have the option to designate an agent to sign on their behalf. An agent can be designated by completing the Postal Service’s PS Form 3801 or PS Form 3801-A. In addition, applicants will be able to sign up for USPS Informed and will have the option to arrange for convenient pickup of their documents at a post office of their choosing.  The purpose of implementing Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery is to increase […]
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Maintaining Green Card Status

Once an individual is granted lawful permanent residence, that person maintains their status indefinitely. A green card holder is permitted to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis, but there are several ways that you can lose your status. Unlike a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident can be removed from the U.S. A green card is not absolute. It is subject to revocation for a number of reasons including fraud, criminal activity and/or abandonment. For more information on revoking a green card, please check out our blog. In addition, there are specific rights and responsibilities associated with lawful permanent residence. A green card holder is protected by all the laws of the United States but is required to: Obey all the laws of the United States, and localities; File your income tax returns and report your income to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities; Support the democratic form of government and not attempt to change the government through illegal means; and Register with the Selective Service if you are a male ages 18-25. There are also situations that could put a green card holder at risk of “abandoning” their status. U.S. Citizenship […]
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Can a U.S. Green Card be Revoked?

Generally, a Green Card allows the holder to live and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis, but your rights as a lawful permanent resident are not absolute. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets forth various grounds upon which a non-citizen may be deported. Keep in mind, however, an individual’s status as a lawful permanent resident does not expire. The physical green card must be renewed every 10 years (similar to a drivers license), but the individual’s status is permanent. Revoking a Green Card Having your green card revoked is actually quite difficult but not impossible. A green card may be revoked based on numerous grounds including: fraud, criminal activity and/or abandonment. Fraud: If a green card holder lied, omitted relevant information or committed any fraud during the application process, his or her green card may be revoked. For example, marriage fraud is grounds for deportation. If a foreign national marries a U.S. citizen solely for the purpose of obtaining a green card, his or her status as a lawful permanent resident may be revoked. Criminal activity: The INA details specific crimes that would subject a non-citizen to deportation. Crimes involving moral turpitude, aggravated felonies and certain drug-related […]
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U.S. Green Card Applicants Must Choose Consular Processing or Adjustment of Status

Obtaining a U.S. Green Card is a two-step process. The first step is filing either an I-130 or I-140 petition. The Form I-130 is designated for family members who are filing on behalf of their foreign national relative, while the I-140 is reserved for employers sponsoring a foreign national employee. The second step of the immigrant visa process is asking the government to create an actual green card for the applicant. There are two ways to do this: (1) Adjustment of Status, which can be used to apply for lawful permanent residency (green card) when the applicant is present in the U.S.; and (2) Consular Processing, which is used to apply for a green card when the applicant is outside the U.S. Both methods of filing have advantages and disadvantages, and a decision should be made based on the applicant’s location at the time of filing, future travel and work plans, and the individual’s preference for processing. The chart below provides a broad overview of the two available options. Please note: This information should not be considered comprehensive or applicable to any individual case. Information specific to individual cases can be obtained through consultation with an attorney at our firm. […]
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