TN Solution for Healthcare Industries

There are various visa and employment authorization options available for healthcare professionals wishing to gain employment in the United States. For Canadian and Mexican applicants, the the North American Free Trade Agreement...
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Berardi Services at the Peace Bridge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) encourages first time TN and L1 applicants to go to one designated ports of entry where applicants will receive optimized processing. There are fourteen total ports designated for optimized processing. This includes the Peace Bridge...
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President Trump to Terminate NAFTA

The United States and Mexico have reached a preliminary trade agreement that is set to replace NAFTA. President Trump announced on Monday that he will be terminating the existing trade deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada and enter into a new deal with Mexico. According to Trump, it could end up being “one of the largest trade deals ever made.” The agreement includes new rules set to incentivize manufacturers to source goods and materials in North America. Amongst a number of new regulations, it will require 75 percent of auto content to be made in the United States and Mexico, an increase of about 13 percent from the current NAFTA regulations.  What about Canada? At the moment, the new trade deal is only between the U.S. and Mexico. Canada has been reluctant to join a new trilateral trade pact, but it has shown a continued interest in negotiating with the U.S. With that being said, the pressure is now on Canada to quickly resolve key differences that have ensnared negotiations between the two countries for months. Whether or not Canada joins the agreement has yet to be determined, but even if our neighbors to the north choose to opt […]
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Featured Client of the Month: Jim Armstrong

Berardi Immigration Law recently helped Jim Armstrong successfully apply for and obtain TN work authorization in order to work for a company in the United States. Jim reached out to Berardi Immigration Law following an offer of employment from Best Approach Publications, located in Arizona.  Before reaching out to Berardi Immigration Law, Jim contacted several other attorneys regarding his immigration matter. After his consult call, Jim immediately knew he wanted to work with the attorneys here at Berardi. He says, “Berardi was a breath of fresh air and as soon as I got off the phone following my initial consultation I knew I would be hiring them.” The structure and organization the entire staff provided made the entire process run efficiently, smoothly and without any surprises along the way.  After determining that TN work authorization was the best option for Jim based on his citizenship and previous work experience, his attorney took care of the entire process. Jim was more than thrilled with the assistance he received. “It became clear right away that this was a dedicated and highly efficient team that was prepared to listen to my needs, understand my case and provide the service required to assist me.” […]
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Featured Client of the Month: Zachary Landon and Fulcrum Construction

Berardi Immigration Law recently helped Zachary Landon successfully apply for and obtain TN work authorization in order to work for Fulcrum Construction in the United States. Zachary reached out to Berardi Immigration Law after he was offered employment as a Construction Engineering Technician (Project Engineer) at Fulcrum. Fulcrum Construction was founded in 2003 and is a nationwide retail commercial construction firm. Their expertise is ground-up store construction, open store remodels and tenant improvements. Fulcrum has successfully completed over 1,500 projects. Fulcrum Construction is a versatile company and has completed major projects for well-known retailers such as Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Walmart, in addition to smaller projects. In order to be able to take advantage of this incredible career opportunity with Fulcrum, Zachary needed work authorization in the U.S. Before deciding to work with Berardi Immigration Law, Zachary faced some major challenges in trying to obtain status. He originally looked into applying for TN status on his own, but decided to work with Berardi Immigration Law once he realized how complicated and nuanced the process was. Zachary was relieved to have the assistance of our attorneys’ immigration expertise: “It was a great feeling when I found out Berardi Immigration Law […]
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NAFTA Negotiations Set to Continue

The United States, Canada and Mexico continue to negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but the divide between each nation’s delegations on major treaty issues does not appear to be shrinking. In fact, many experts are starting to believe that the parties are too far apart to ever reach a deal. The American delegation, including U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, recently traveled to Montreal to participate in the sixth round of NAFTA talks. Officials had hoped to bridge large gaps that continue to stand in the way of forging a compromise, but the latest round of meetings fell short of accomplishing that. Montreal was supposed to be the last time the three countries met to discuss terms but two more have since been announced, as negotiators plan to work out several sticking points and “poison pill” proposals put forth by the U.S. that threaten the treaty’s future. The President has repeatedly criticized the trade agreement as a bad deal for the U.S., the U.S. economy and U.S. workers. He has even threatened to withdraw from the pact completely if Canada and Mexico are unwilling to agree to a deal more favorable to the U.S. So, what exactly does […]
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NAFTA TN Status Eligibility Update

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. As part of this agreement, the TN nonimmigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the U.S. to engage in business activities at a professional level. More specifically, a beneficiary must show that: (1) he or she is a citizen of Canada or Mexico; (2) his or her profession qualifies under the regulations; (3) the position in the U.S. requires a NAFTA professional; (4) he or she has a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer; and (5) he or she has the qualifications to practice in the profession listed on the application. One such qualifying profession is an economist. For more information on the TN visa, please visit our website. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just recently released a policy memorandum clarifying guidance on NAFTA TN status eligibility for economists. The memorandum states that to qualify for TN status based on work in the profession of economist, the applicant must engage in activities consistent with the profession. This includes conducting research, preparing reports or formulating plans to address economic problems related to […]
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