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  • CBP to Launch New Online System for Filing Nonimmigrant Waiver Applications

    On May 30, 2019, CBP announced that a new online system, known as e-SAFE, will be launched in mid-2019 for electronic filing of Forms I-192 and I-212. This system allows eligible nonimmigrants, who do not require a visa to enter the United States, to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility via Forms I-192 and I-212. […]

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  • From the Desk of Rosanna Berardi: Have You Ever Smoked Marijuana? How Your Answer Can Determine Your Fate at the U.S./Canadian Border

    The legalization of marijuana in Canada is scheduled for the summer of 2018. There is a lot of speculation surrounding how it will impact travel to the U.S. Experts are predicting that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will ask travelers if they have ever smoked marijuana in the past. Travelers must be very careful when […]

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  • Approval Period for I-192 Waivers increased to Five Years

    Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has announced that beginning around January 2017, it will approve both initial and repeat I-192 waivers for a five-year period. CBP is working to reduce the backlog at the Admissibility Review Office (ARO) and to increase overall efficiency. The ARO is the office responsible for adjudicating all nonimmigrant waivers. The […]

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  • What is a RCMP Record?

    If you are a Canadian citizen applying for a nonimmigrant waiver for entry into the United States, one of the documents required for submission is a RCMP record. RCMP stands for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which is the national police force in Canada. A RCMP record is a certified criminal record listing any […]

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  • How Does Alcohol Abuse Effect Inadmissibility to the United States?

    Visa applicants can be found inadmissible to the United States due to physical or mental disorders with associated harmful behavior to themselves, others, or property. Alcohol abuse is considered to be one such mental disorder. However, the abuse does not need to rise to the level of addiction or alcoholism. A person is considered to […]

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  • Understanding the Implications of a Pardon

    Many people who have been convicted of crimes in the past are ultimately granted a “pardon,” “discharge” or other forms of record-expungement by their government. Accordingly, these individuals are often under the impression that these mechanisms “wipe their record clean.” For U.S. immigration purposes, however, this is not the case. Under U.S. immigration regulations, judicial expungements […]

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  • Canadian Admissibility Issues and Past Criminal Convictions — Part 3: Multiple Old Crimes

    Dear Berardi Immigration Law: When I was in my early twenties, I hung around with the wrong crowd and ran into trouble with the law on a few occasions. I straightened out within a few years and today I lead a clean life. I have had absolutely no brushes with the law for 20 years […]

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  • Denied Entry Due to Prior Criminal Conviction? Nonimmigrant Waiver May be the Answer

    It’s not unusual for our office to get a call from a frantic traveler — someone who has been to the U.S. countless times over the years — who is now faced with a Customs and Border Protection officer refusing admission to the U.S. based on a prior criminal conviction. As technology continues to evolve, CBP […]

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  • Year End Review of Waivers

    Have you ever been arrested in Canada or anywhere in the world?  If yes, then you may need a nonimmigrant U.S. waiver to enter the U.S.  if your offense is deemed to be a crime involving moral turpitude or CIMT.  This year end review will provide  an overview of U.S. Waivers.  At Berardi Immigration Law, […]

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