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Update: USCIS has Completed Data Entry for FY 2016 H-1B Petitions

Update: USCIS has Completed Data Entry for FY 2016 H-1B Petitions

 

USCIS announced on May 4, 2015, that it had completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected through its computer-generated random process. At this time, USCIS will now begin returning all unselected H-1B cap-subject petitions. 

Due to the high volume of filings, the time frame for returning these petitions remains uncertain. The agency has asked petitioners to not inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all petitions have been returned.

The U.S. Government Has the Right to Search Your Electronic Devices at the Border

The U.S. Government Has the Right to Search Your Electronic Devices at the Border

 

Hundreds of thousands of travelers, citizens and foreign nationals alike cross the U.S. border every day. Many may be surprised to learn that border patrol agents do not need a warrant, any suspicion of wrongdoing or even consent to search a vehicle and all passenger belongings, including electronic devices. 

With the exception of foreign and domestic officials with diplomatic immunity, everyone who legally crosses a U.S. border undergoes a primary inspection. Most travelers are familiar with this process: A CBP officer checks your documents, glances between you and your passport and asks what your purpose is for entering the country. Following this exchange, a traveler may be asked to undergo a secondary inspection. 

Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi featured in Lawyer Monthly

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, the “My Legal Life” feature takes an in-depth look at the career of a highly skilled and experienced legal professional, speaking candidly about what motivates them, what challenges them, and why they do the work they do. With more than 20 years of experience in the immigration industry, our very own Rosanna Berardi was the perfect subject for this article. 

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appoints Three to Leadership Positions

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appoints Three to Leadership Positions

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has appointed three new members to its leadership team. Judette Dahleiden has been named Director of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program, Beverly Eagan has been named Corporate Compliance Officer and Joseph Farrauto has been named Director of Human Resources.
      
Dennis Walczyk, Catholic Charities chief executive officer, said, “We are pleased to promote Beverly to her new position, and welcome Judette and Joe into two critical leadership roles. I look forward to the expertise, energy and passion all three will bring to their new and increased responsibilities.”

Daemen Establishes Partnership With LMU to Offer Veterinary Medicine Degree

Daemen Establishes Partnership With LMU to Offer Veterinary Medicine Degree

Daemen College and Lincoln Memorial University have formed a unique educational collaboration that will pave the way for Western New York students to earn a doctor of veterinary medicine, making it the only program of its kind available at a Buffalo Niagara institution and one of only three in the Northeast. It is the first formal agreement like this LMU has established with another institution.

A memorandum of agreement was officially signed April 20 by Daemen President Gary A. Olson, Dr. Glen F. Hoffsis, dean of the LMU College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Michael Brogan, Daemen vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. The accelerated program will be launched in fall 2015.

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

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 cases received and also due to the cap being met in the first five business days of the filing season. 

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

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; USCIS received 124,000 petitions in 2013 and 172,500 petitions in 2014. Yesterday, USCIS announced that the agency had received a record-shattering 233,000 H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2016!