Tips to Help Prepare for Your Biometrics Appointment

Many applications filed with USCIS require that a comprehensive record check be conducted on the individual applicant prior to adjudication and/or interview. USCIS accomplishes this by capturing an applicant’s biometrics via electronic fingerprinting, which is then followed by a criminal and immigration records search. For many people, the prospect of being fingerprinted can be stressful. However, for […]

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Re-entry Permit Basics: How to Preserve Your Green Card During Long-term Travel

Lawful permanent residents and conditional residents (green card holders) are required to physically reside in the United States, except for brief trips abroad. However, some lawful permanent residents may have continuing needs (such as family, employment or business) to reside abroad and enter the U.S. infrequently. In such a circumstance, the lawful permanent resident needs […]

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The E-2 Visa: Entering the U.S. as an Investor

If you are a foreign investor with plans to invest in a U.S. business, the E-2 visa category may be an ideal nonimmigrant visa option for you. With the E-2 visa, entrepreneurs, investors, business owners and their employees can move to the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business. Berardi Immigration Law […]

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Foreign National Students Must Proceed With Caution When Volunteering or Accepting Unpaid Internships

With the fall semester coming to a close for college students, many will begin packing up and heading home to spend the holidays with their loved ones. But what about foreign nationals here in the U.S. on a student visa, who may not want to travel back to their home country for the break? Some […]

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DHS Designates Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone

In response to this year’s Ebola outbreak, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has announced his decision to designate Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the next 18 months. This status prevents nationals of these countries currently residing in the U.S. from being removed during this period or from being […]

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Explaining Form I-797 and Its Many Variations

Form I-797, Notice of Action is issued as a result of an application or petition submitted to USCIS. It’s important to note that it is not a form to be filled out. USCIS uses seven different types of Form I-797, including six lettered varieties from A through F, to communicate with customers or convey an […]

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Executive Orders on Immigration Impact High-skilled Businesses and Workers

As part of President Obama’s Executive Orders on Immigration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has released a policy memorandum to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The memorandum is broken into five policies aimed to support U.S. high-skilled businesses and workers. The new policies outlined in the memorandum will be good for both U.S. businesses and […]

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The Executive Orders on Immigration: What You Need to Know

An estimated five million lives may be impacted today when President Obama signs a series of comprehensive immigration-based executive orders into effect. As you will read below, these executive orders will create significant amendments to our current immigration system. Regardless of one’s stance on these measures, it is important to understand how executive orders operate […]

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Stay Safe with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

In the spirit of Buffalo’s recent extreme weather conditions, we’d like to provide information about a special program offered through the Department of State (DOS) that warns travelers about potentially dangerous conditions in their upcoming travel destinations, among other things. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and […]

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USCIS Website Offers a Brand New Look and Enhanced Features

USCIS recently unveiled their new and improved website, featuring a cleaner look and more efficient tools. The updated web page now provides easy-to-navigate sections on news, outreach events, educational webinars and more, while still offering the practical icons and tabs that users are familiar with. The biggest change involved the Case Status Tool, a feature […]

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