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USCIS Changes Policy on Validity of Medical Form I-693

USCIS Changes Policy on Validity of Medical Form I-693

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a memo on May 30, 2014, issuing a new policy on the validity of Form I-693, the report of medical examination and vaccination record. The new policy states that Form I-693 will now only be valid for one year from the date the form was submitted to USCIS. The form must also now be submitted within one year of the foreign national receiving the medical examination.

Having an Immigration Lawyer Handle Your Case is a Good Idea

Having an Immigration Lawyer Handle Your Case is a Good Idea

 

At Berardi Immigration Law, our phone rings a lot with callers wanting to “ask a simple question.” Unfortunately, when it comes to immigration law, very little is “simple.” There are many reasons for hiring an immigration attorney to handle your case. Aside from saving you time with research and form filing, lawyers can provide you with the peace of mind that your application is submitted properly.  

Forms, Fees and Addresses 

Some Visitors to the U.S. may be Visa Exempt

Some Visitors to the U.S. may be Visa Exempt

 

When non-U.S. citizens decide to come to the United States, whether to visit, work or stay, many may not know where to begin the process. A good place to start is to determine if it is necessary to obtain a U.S. Visa. A visa is a travel document inserted into a foreign national’s passport giving them permission to enter the U.S. However, some foreign nationals may be visa exempt, allowing them to come into the U.S. without a visa. 

Proposed Rule Changes for Work Authorization and H4 Dependents

Proposed Rule Changes for Work Authorization and H4 Dependents

 

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in conjunction with United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced proposed changes to regulations regarding the ability for certain H-4 dependents to obtain work authorization.  

Under current regulations, the DHS does not list H-4 dependents of H-1B nonimmigrant workers among the visa classes eligible to work in the United States. The inability for H-4 dependents to work can be a hindrance to H-1B principals seeking permanent residence.  

Proposed Rule:

TN Visas and L Visas at Northern Border are Subject of AILA/CBP Meeting

TN Visas and L Visas at Northern Border are Subject of AILA/CBP Meeting

 

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) met earlier this year to talk about adjudicating nonimmigrant business category visas at the northern border. Decisions and future plans from this meeting potentially impact how officers handle L visa and TN visa requests along the U.S./Canadian border.

Some highlights of that meeting include:

NOCO Express Acquires Mobil Mart In City Of Buffalo

TONAWANDA, NY – NOCO Express, a family-owned and locally operated gasoline convenience store chain, today announced it has purchased the Mobil Mart located at 1137 Elmwood Avenue (at Forest) in Buffalo effective May 23, 2014. Both the canopy and store will remain Mobil branded.

As part of the acquisition, NOCO recently completed several minor renovations to the approximately 1,650 square foot store including the addition of new shelving, a fountain soda machine, and a cold case for fresh sandwiches, snacks and fresh fruit for today’s on the-go-customer. NOCO’s exclusive Nickel City Foods sandwich offerings and World Cup coffee will also be available.

Memorial Day Weekend Border Crossing Tips

Memorial Day Weekend Border Crossing Tips

 

With Memorial Day Weekend as the official opening for local theme parks and beaches, it’s no surprise this marks the beginning of the summer season for many. This, of course, means thousands of people will be flocking across the U.S./Canada border to celebrate. If you’re looking to cross the border this busy weekend, here are some tips to make your trip a little less stressful. 

• Try to leave early in the morning or later in the day to avoid rush hour traffic. CBP reports that the best times to cross the border are typically before 7 a.m. and after 8 p.m.