What You Need to Know to Pass Your Naturalization Test

Imagine this scenario: You have been a green card holder for the past five years and have made sure to spend less than six months a year outside of the United States. You can now finally apply to become a U.S. citizen! After submitting your application to USCIS and attending your biometrics appointment, you have […]

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What are My Options if I Can’t Attend My Biometrics Appointment?

Most applicants seeking immigration benefits must undergo a records check. This records check is often initiated through a scheduled biometrics appointment held at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC). During the appointment, your fingerprints will be taken and electronically submitted to various government agencies’ databases. Your biometric information is captured in order to conduct a […]

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O-1B Visa: Not Just for ‘Traditional’ Artists

The O-1 visa category is an employment-related status that allows qualified aliens of extraordinary ability to live and work in their particular area of specialization in the United States. One particular subset of this visa category is the O-1B visa. The O-1B visa is for individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts who can show […]

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Important Passport Safety Tips for Travelers

With summer now in full swing, many families will begin packing their bags to embark on summer vacation. Some of the top destinations this season include Rome, Paris, London and Greece. Of course, in order to travel abroad one must have a valid passport. Unfortunately, vacations can often have unforeseen complications. Here are some helpful […]

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USCIS Celebrates Independence Day by Inducting 9,000 New Citizens

On July 4, 1776, the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring our country’s freedom from the rule of Great Britain. Americans now celebrate this historic event — Independence Day — each year on the Fourth of July with a barrage of fireworks, parades, cookouts, carnivals and everything in between. This year, USCIS will […]

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What the World Cup is Teaching Us About Citizenship

Soccer is the sport played most consistently around the world. It’s not sectioned off or dominated by one particular country. According to FIFA’s most recent survey, there are 265 million players actively involved in soccer around the world, or roughly 4 percent of the world’s population. The FIFA World Cup is the world’s most widely […]

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Notice to U.S. Visa Applicants in Paris, France: Expect Delays

The U.S. Embassy in Paris will transition to a new visa appointment system on July 31, impacting visa applicants. As with any significant change to a bureaucratic system, Embassy France cautions that, “The transition to the new visa appointment system may cause some temporary delays. The U.S. Embassy strongly encourages all visa applicants who intend to travel […]

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What is the SB-1 Visa (aka Returning Resident Visa)?

Permanent residents who have remained outside of the United States for more than one calendar year and did not obtain a re-entry permit (http://www.berardiimmigrationlaw.com/immigration-blog/protect-your-green-card-status) prior to their trip abroad may be deemed to have abandoned their permanent resident status. However, permanent residents who were unable to return to the U.S. for reasons beyond their control […]

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L-1 Visa Holders Can Request L-2 Status for Spouses and Dependents

Berardi Immigration Law processes a lot of intercompany transfers or L-1 visa applications. The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows companies operating both in the U.S. and abroad to transfer employees from the foreign operation to the U.S.  You can learn more about L-1 visas on our blog post at http://www.berardiimmigrationlaw.com/services/work-in-the-united-states/l-1-nonimmigrant-visa-intracompany-transferees. L-1 visa […]

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Glossary of Immigration Terms May Help You Better Understand the Process

As with any complicated topic, immigration practitioners tend to speak in a short-hand that is understood by other practitioners, but sometimes leaves our clients feeling a little confused.  If you are consulting with an immigration practitioner and feel like you are not fully understanding what they are saying, you should never feel uncomfortable asking them […]

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