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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NVC Now Accepting Nonimmigrant Visa Inquiries

The National Visa Center, or NVC, previously only handled inquiries in regards to immigrant visas, for example employment- or marriage-based green card applications. However, beginning on Jan. 12, 2015, the NVC also became the domestic point of contact for nonimmigrant visa cases such as a visitor visa (B-1/B-2) or intra-company transferee visa (L). The NVC […]

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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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Department of Homeland Security Considers Implementing ‘Known Employer’ Pilot Program

  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it is considering a “Known Employer” pilot program in order to aid in U.S.-Canada business travel. The program would streamline adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests filed by eligible U.S. employers. The program will be designed to: • Make adjudications more efficient […]

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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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Canadian Admissibility Issues and Past Criminal Convictions — Part 2: The Petty Offense Exception

Dear Berardi Immigration Law: Five years ago I exercised poor judgment and was an accomplice to an act of arson. I was assigned a few months of probation but never any jail time. This is the only crime I have ever committed. I would now like to enter the U.S. to visit some friends but […]

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Canadian Admissibility Issues and Past Criminal Convictions — Part 1: The Effect of Juvenile Delinquency on U.S. Admissibility

Dear Berardi Immigration Law: Over 25 years ago, when I was only 16 years old, I made a stupid decision and stole some items from a local department store. I was convicted as a minor for the offense of Theft Under $200. I have not committed any crimes since. I would now like to enter […]

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Department of Homeland Security Releases Year-end Statistics

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released its fiscal year 2014 enforcement statistics from the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). All three agency’s statistics are being reported and released together in an effort to promote transparency and timely reporting to […]

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What is PERM Certification?

Before many foreign workers can apply for an employment-based Green Card through U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) or a consular post, his or her employer must first receive a PERM Labor Certification from the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL). PERM certification verifies to USCIS that there are no available U.S. workers for a […]

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CBP Launches Border Wait Time App

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a free Border Wait Time app that makes it easier for travelers to plan their trip across the border. Among its features, the app provides estimated wait times and open lane statuses at land ports of entry. This allows travelers to make better-informed decisions of the […]

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