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I-94 Record Goes Alphanumeric

The I-94 is the Arrival/Departure Record Card that the United States government uses to keep track of the arrivals and departures of foreign nationals. Beginning May 2019, CBP is no longer using the 11-digit long number for the I-94 and is instead switching to alphanumeric I-94 numbers. The number will remain 11 characters, but will […]

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Travel Ban Update

The President’s third attempt at preventing certain foreign nationals from entering the United States has hit another speed bump. On December 22, 2017, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision to partially block the latest Trump travel ban, which was issued via Presidential Proclamation on September 24, 2017. The three-judge panel determined […]

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Travel Update: Changes to Visa Waiver Program

The Trump administration has announced new rules in place for the 38 countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). On December 15, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would be rolling out enhanced security measures for the VWP as part of the administration’s ongoing counterterrorism efforts. The new rules […]

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Traveler Redress Inquiry Program Q&A

The Department of Homeland Security Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP) is the point of contact for individuals who seek information or resolution regarding difficulties they experienced during travel screenings. Some of the more common issues include watch list issues, screening problems at ports of entry, unfair or incorrect delays, boarding denials, or issues in […]

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Welcoming Catherine Dines to Berardi Immigration Law

Join us in welcoming Catherine Dines to the Berardi Immigration law team. She will serve as a great addition to our award-winning roster of highly knowledgeable legal professionals. Catherine is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she served as a legal extern for the National Immigrant Justice Center and a […]

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U.S. Lifts Laptop Ban on Inbound Flights

Back in March, the United States banned passengers from carrying laptops onboard U.S.-bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa. Four months later, the controversial travel restrictions have been lifted. Why did the Trump Administration impose the laptop ban? The United States was not the only country to place specific travel […]

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New I-94 Website Feature Reminds Travelers of Departure Date

A new feature on the I-94 website will now allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remind travelers of their last possible departure date from the U.S. Currently, the new feature is available to eligible Visa Waiver Program travelers, but further updates to the I-94 website will incorporate additional nonimmigrant travelers. To check their […]

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Airlines Told to ‘Be Prepared’ for Expanded Electronics Ban

U.S. officials have told airlines to “be prepared” for an expanded ban on carry-on electronic devices allowed on airplanes. On Tuesday, Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan confirmed to reporters that the administration is considering expanding the ban on laptops, which currently applies to U.S.-bound flights from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. […]

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DHS Issues Warning on Recent Telephone Scams

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a fraud alert notifying the public about a scam using the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline telephone number. In the calls, scammers have identified themselves as U.S. immigration employees and have altered their caller ID to seem like the call is coming from the […]

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Immigration Tips for Canadian Snowbirds in the U.S.

With spring finally here and the weather beginning to warm up, hundreds of thousands of Canadians, aged 55 and up, will begin their return trip home for the summer from the warm sandy beaches of the U.S. southern coast. It is estimated that in the Sunshine State of Florida alone there are about 500,000 snowbirds […]

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