BIL’s Border Recap for August

Berardi Immigration Law has had another successful month at the Peace Bridge. Each of our clients’ petitions was approved, and we presented several interesting cases to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Below we provide a brief summary of some of these cases in this month’s border recap: TN Reconsideration Our office regularly receives urgent phone […]

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Sanctuary Cities: Buffalo Law Journal Interviews Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi

The Buffalo Law Journal recently interviewed Berardi Immigration Law’s Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, regarding a hot topic in the immigration world: sanctuary cities. In the article, published on August 24, 2015, several Buffalo immigration attorneys discuss the negative and positive aspects of sanctuary cities and the toll they will have this political season. For those […]

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USCIS Releases Long Awaited New L-1B Guidance

On August 17, 2015, USCIS released long-awaited final guidance on the adjudication of the L-1B classification, which permits multinational companies to transfer employees who possess “specialized knowledge” from the companies’ foreign operations to their U.S. operations. Previously, there was little consistent guidance on the definition of “specialized knowledge” and how L-1B petitioners could actually demonstrate […]

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Recent OPT Ruling May Help Speed Up New Regulations from the Obama Administration

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle vacated a 2008 ruling that extended the Optional Practical Training period for foreign students with STEM degrees by 17 months for an overall work period of 29 months. In the wake of this new ruling, many believe the Obama administration is likely to act […]

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Removing the Conditions on a Conditional Green Card

As many of you may know, foreign nationals who marry U.S. citizens are entitled to apply for a U.S. green card. However, if a foreign national has been married to the U.S. citizen for less than two years, he or she will only be granted a “conditional” green card from the U.S. government. A conditional […]

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USCIS Announces Plans to Implement Security Enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program

Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson announced that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State, along with certain other federal agencies, will begin introducing a number of additional and revised security criteria for all participants in the Visa Waiver Program. The criteria will apply to new and current members of […]

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Tips for a Successful Visa Interview

For all non-Canadian individuals, the immigration process does not simply culminate in an approval from USCIS. Once USCIS gives the green light, foreign nationals must still attend a visa interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. After the interview, the Consular Officer must approve the foreign national’s case and physically issue the visa document. […]

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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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A Busy Summer at the Border for BIL

Over the last six weeks, BIL has met an impressive 34 clients at the Peace Bridge port of entry in Buffalo, N.Y., to present applications for temporary employment and admission into the U.S. A majority of these individuals were Canadian clients who were applying for TN and L-1 status to temporarily work and reside in […]

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Meet Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli!

Gabriella Agostinelli is an Associate Attorney here at Berardi Immigration Law. Ms. Agostinelli has a particular expertise in work visa categories (including TN, L-1 and H-1B visas), employment-based and family-based green card applications, and criminal admissibility issues. Ms. Agostinelli also frequently accompanies our clients to present their applications to Customs and Border Protection at the […]

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