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  • Department of State Confirms Phased Resumption of Visa Services via Tweet

    In a mid-morning tweet posted on July 13, @Travel-Gov (Official Twitter for U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs) confirmed the following: “US embassies and consulates are beginning the phased resumption of routine visa services. The dates for each embassy or consulate will depend on local conditions. We are unable to provide details for […]

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  • White House Amends Order Suspending Entry of Foreign Nationals Under Certain Work Visa

    On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation prohibiting foreign nationals  from entering the U.S. under H-1B, H-2B, J (if participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work program), or L nonimmigrant visa status.  The original proclamation applied the prohibition on entry to foreign nationals who are outside the […]

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  • B Visa: What is it? What can you do with it?

    In general, when a citizen of a foreign country wishes to enter the United States, the foreign national must first obtain a visa. The visa allows a foreign national to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission of a U.S. immigration official to enter the United States. While Canadian Citizens are required to present a valid passport at the port of entry, they typically do not need a visa to enter the United States directly from Canada for the purposes of visiting or studying...

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  • New Zealand Nationals Now Eligible for E-1 & E-2 Treaty Trader & Investor Visas

    Beginning June 10, 2019, eligible New Zealand companies and nationals are now able to apply for E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor temporary visa status. The U.S. Embassy in New Zealand announced the availability last week, following the enactment of the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act, which was signed by President Trump […]

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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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  • New Social Media Presence Question on DS-160 & DS-260 for U.S. Visa Applicants

    If you are applying for your nonimmigrant or immigrant U.S. visa abroad, you will likely notice a new question on the DS-160 and DS-260 applications. This new question asks for the applicant’s username and handle for any social media or online presence within the last five years. It specifically requests the information for more than […]

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  • The E-2 Visa and Real Property Investments

    The E-2 investor visa was created to allow entrepreneurs from countries which maintain a trade and commerce treaty with the United States to establish new businesses in the U.S. through investment. Though E-2 visas are less often granted for investments in real property, there is a possibility that this type of investment may qualify for […]

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  • Client of the Month: Monica Chang

    Berardi Immigration Law is proud to have helped our client, Monica Chang, obtain a five-year E-2 Investor Visa! Monica is the owner of San Korean Kitchen, a manufacturer and distributor of authentic and traditional Korean delicacies and beverages located in Mill Valley, California. (You can learn more about Monica’s business here.) Monica had a vision […]

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  • Interview with Allison Gilbert, Visa Services Coordinator

    1. What is visa scheduling and why is it important? AG: When applying to work in the United States, it is a two-part processit is not over once U.S. Immigration approves your petition. Most applicants are required to attend a visa interview at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate abroad. 2. What makes the services offered at BIL […]

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  • Important Changes to Form I-539

    Beginning March 11, 2019, USCIS will be accepting only the revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, with an edition date of 02/04/19. All other additions will be rejected. The new I-539 form will be published along with a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Form I-539A replaces the […]

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