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  • USCIS Awards Nearly $10 Million in Grants to Expand Citizenship Preparation Services in 21 States

    On Sept. 1, 2016, USCIS announced the award of nearly $10 million in grants under two competitive funding opportunities to 46 organizations to help permanent residents prepare and apply for U.S. citizenship. The organizations are located in 21 states and will receive funding through September 2018. Since it began in 2009, the USCIS Citizenship and […]
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  • USCIS Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service with Naturalization Ceremonies

    On Aug. 25, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by welcoming 450 new U.S. citizens during 16 naturalization ceremonies at national parks across the country. These ceremonies represent the partnership between USCIS and the National Park Service (NPS) and the goal of holding at least […]
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  • FAQ: Traveling Internationally as a Permanent Resident

    Below we answer some frequently asked questions on what Lawful Permanent Residents need to know when traveling abroad. What documents do I need to travel outside of the United States? In general, you will need to present a passport from your country of citizenship to travel to a foreign country. In addition, the foreign country […]
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  • The Rhodes Family: An Immigration Success Story

    At Berardi Immigration Law, we like to keep it all in the family! One of our favorite client stories is the Rhodes family. More than 11 years ago, Berardi Immigration Law’s Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, represented a Canadian client named Kristin Rhodes. Kristin was interested in working in the United States and reached out to […]
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  • How do I legally change my name?

    Filing your name change in court is not required in most states; changing your name through usage alone will suffice. However, government and financial agencies may require legal name change documents in order to help provide protection against identity theft and credit card fraud. You may be wondering how then do I legally change my name? […]
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  • We Submitted our Marriage-Based Green Card Application – What Happens Now?

    After you’ve prepared all of the necessary documents and have everything signed, sealed and delivered to USCIS for your marriage-based green card application, you may be wondering what’s next. For Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status applicants, USCIS generally takes five to six months in total to process your application. It should be noted, however, that processing […]
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  • USCIS Guidance on Paying the N-400 Naturalization Application Fee With a Credit Card

    Applicants applying for Naturalization can now pay the N-400 naturalization application fee using a credit card with no additional fees added. Form N-400 is the only form that can be paid using a credit card. USCIS has valuable guidelines on the process of paying the application fee that must be followed in order to ensure […]
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  • How does not registering for the selective service affect a naturalization application?

      Males between the ages of 18 and 26 are required under United States Law to register for Selective Service. Registering for Selective Service does not mean you have to become a member of the armed forces. However, if a large scale war or a similar event were to happen, males are expected to be […]
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  • USCIS Expands Efforts to Highlight Naturalization in Light of Citizenship Day

    History of Citizenship Day Citizenship Day is celebrated each year on September 17th, which is also the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. United States citizenship was first recognized for its significance in 1940 on the third Sunday of May known as “I Am an American Day”. However, in 1952 the date […]
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  • USCIS Launches Citizenship Public Awareness Initiative

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently released a series of promotional materials as part of the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative. This media campaign builds on a similar effort from 2011 and is being launched under the Task Force on New Americans. The initiative to “promote the naturalization process” was also […]
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