Visa Fees Waived for 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games will take place in Los Angeles, California, from July 25 through Aug. 2, 2015. This year, foreign participants have something new to look forward to: There will be no visa application fee or visa issuance fee required. In 2014, the State Department announced that the fees would be […]

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Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi featured in Lawyer Monthly

The managing partner of Berardi Immigration Law, Rosanna Berardi, has been featured in the most recent issue of Lawyer Monthly in a piece titled, “My Legal Life.” Lawyer Monthly is a global online and print publication providing news, analysis and features relating to the legal and corporate industries, with more than 108,225 readers. Each month, […]

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OPT & the ‘Cap-Gap’

Related Articles: General Overview Each year, many foreign students in the U.S. transition from F-1 status with Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorization to H-1B nonimmigrant status. As there are a limited number of H-1B visas available each fiscal year, this visa limit is commonly referred to as the “H-1B cap.” U.S. immigration regulations require petitioning […]

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H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin on April 27

USCIS has announced that it will begin premium processing for cap subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher, on April 27, 2015. USCIS also announced that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to the historic number of premium processing […]

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USCIS Receives Record Number of H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2016

On April 7, 2015, USCIS announced that it had received enough H-1B petitions to satisfy the statutory cap of 65,000 visas and also the extra 20,000 visas allotted for individuals with advanced degrees (the “master’s cap”). At that time, USCIS gave no figure for the total number of H-1B petitions received, but expectations ran high; […]

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Overview of the Same-Sex Marriage Process

Since the repeal of DOMA in June of 2013, U.S. citizens and green card holders can petition for their same-sex spouses to reside permanently in the U.S. However, many same-sex couples worry that their application will be handled differently because they are not an opposite sex couple. Fortunately, same-sex couples are treated no differently than […]

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Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Accepting Applications

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for fiscal year 2015 on April 1, 2015. This program is a competitive grant funding opportunity for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of U.S. history, English and civics. The […]

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Five Tropical Locations You Can Visit Without a U.S. Passport

With school out for the week, many college students and families alike will be looking to escape their winter blues with a trip to a hot, tropical location. If you’re looking to plan an overseas vacation but don’t have a U.S. passport, here is a list of five popular destinations where you won’t need a […]

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Advance Parole for DACA/DAPA Does Not Forge Path to Citizenship

“Advance parole” is permission granted to certain classes of aliens to reenter the U.S. after traveling abroad. Recently, several Congressional members have claimed that DHS has created a new method to citizenship through granting advance parole to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent […]

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USCIS Releases Proposed L-1B Specialized Knowledge Guidance Memo

USCIS recently released a proposed policy memorandum on adjudication of the L-1B specialized knowledge nonimmigrant visa category. This is a much-anticipated memo, as practitioners and employers have been awaiting this guidance since USCIS promised to review consistency of L-1B adjudication in 2012. The policy memo aims to supersede and rescind previous L-1B guidance issued over […]

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