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National Visa Center (NVC) Now Accepting Nonimmigrant Visa Inquiries

National Visa Center (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 reports that this change has been made in order to improve the efficiency and consistency of responses to the public. In this same effort, the NVC has also upgraded its phone system to provide better service to customers. 

Understanding the Implications of a Pardon as it Relates to Immigration

Understanding the Implications of a Pardon as it Relates to Immigration

 

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.

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

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 and less costly; and

Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen College’s economic impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in 2013 reached nearly $132 million, representing a $17 million increase for the Amherst-based institution, according to a new study released today, Jan. 15, by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

“This substantial figure illustrates Daemen plays a key role in the region’s economic vitality and has emerged as a significant contributor to Western New York’s long-term economic well-being,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “For almost 70 years, Daemen has been actively engaged in this area and we will continue our commitment to growing and thriving with the community.”

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

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 I am worried that this offense will prevent me from crossing the border. What should I do?

Sincerely,

Department of Homeland Security Releases Year-end Statistics

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 Congress and the public. 

What is PERM Certification?

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 U.S. job position and it allows for the employer to file an immigrant petition with USCIS on behalf of the foreign worker.