Great Britain to Follow United States Lead on Electronic Device Ban

The United States recently announced that it would impose a ban on certain electronic devices from being carried in the cabin of commercial airlines on flights from specific, predominantly Muslim countries. The new restrictions affect nine airlines flying from 10 airports in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab EmiratesCONTINUE READING >

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Immigration Tips for Canadian Snowbirds in the U.S.

With spring finally here and the weather beginning to warm up, hundreds of thousands of Canadians, aged 55 and up, will begin their return trip home for the summer from the warm sandy beaches of the U.S. southern coast. It is estimated that in the Sunshine State of Florida alone there are about 500,000 snowbirdsCONTINUE READING >

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Client Testimonial from Shahzeb Butt, Senior Financial Analyst for Livingston International

Berardi Immigration Law began working with Mr. Shahzeb Butt to secure employment status for him in the United States in April of 2014. Mr. Butt had been employed with Livingston International Canada in the role of Senior Financial Analyst since 2011, giving him more than three years of qualifying managerial employment. At that time, ourCONTINUE READING >

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Federal Court Blocks Key Components in Second Executive Order

On Wednesday, March 15, a federal judge in Hawaii temporarily blocked implementation and enforcement of the “travel ban” and “refugee ban” prescribed by President Trump’s second Executive Order. Last week, the State of Hawaii and Ismail Elshikh, Ph.D. of Hawaii sought a nationwide temporary restraining order against these portions of the amended Executive Order byCONTINUE READING >

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Visas

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that beginning on April 3, 2017, it will suspend premium processing on all H-1B Petitions for up to six months. What is Premium Processing Service? USCIS currently offers a Premium Processing Service that allows payment of a fee to get a guaranteed faster processingCONTINUE READING >

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H-4 EAD Holders May Wish to Apply for H-1B Status

Since May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders have been eligible for employment authorization. H-4 dependent spouses have been eligible to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) if the primary H-1B visa holder is the beneficiary of an approved Form I-140 or has been granted an extension beyond theCONTINUE READING >

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USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions

Beginning April, 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to six months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. USCIS will notify the publicCONTINUE READING >

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President Trumps Signs New Immigration Executive Order

President Trump rolled out the second version of the initial immigration executive order earlier today. The order temporarily suspends immigration into the United States for 90-days from now only six countries, including Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya. Iraq was previously listed among these nations but was removed from the list after assurances wereCONTINUE READING >

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USCIS Report on the Characteristics of H-1B Workers for Fiscal Year 2015

On March 17, 2016, USCIS presented a report titled, “Characteristics of H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers” for fiscal year 2015. Fiscal year 2015 ran from Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015. The report was originally provided to four members of Congress, including The Honorable Charles Grassley, The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, The Honorable Robert W.CONTINUE READING >

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