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Visa Issues Continue as Experts Try to Restore System

Visa Issues Continue as Experts Try to Restore System

 

As we reported last week, the Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to face technological issues with its visa systems. The Department of State (DOS) posted a statement yesterday that it endeavors to have the system fully reconnected this week. As of noon yesterday, 22 posts around the world have been reconnected. This represents approximately half of the global nonimmigrant visa volume. 

The agency stated that it has made good progress as it processes the large backlog of cases created by the system shutdown. Some posts were able to handle visa interviews as well as some visa printing by the end of last week. Several posts have also begun rescheduling visa appointments. 

Berardi Immigration Law Names Gabriella Agostinelli Associate Attorney

Berardi Immigration Law Names Gabriella Agostinelli Associate Attorney

 

Berardi Immigration Law is pleased to announce that Gabriella Agostinelli has been promoted to the position of Associate Attorney.

Agostinelli joined Berardi Immigration Law as a Law Clerk in 2014. She received her Juris Doctor from the SUNY Buffalo Law School in 2014 and Bachelor’s Degrees in International Business and International Relations from Canisius College in 2011. 

Client Success Story: Fichman Furniture

Client Success Story: Fichman Furniture

 

Toronto-native Erran Fichman came to Berardi Immigration Law just three years ago wondering how he could expand his furniture business to the United States. Fichman owns Fichman Furniture (www.fichman.com), a company that designs and manufactures custom radiator covers. After successfully running his business for seven years in Canada, the demand for his product grew exponentially. It was time for Fichman Furniture to branch out. 

How Visitors to the U.S. Can Bring Domestic or Personal Servants

How Visitors to the U.S. Can Bring Domestic or Personal Servants

 

If you are in the process of coming to the United States on a temporary nonimmigrant visa or if you are already in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa, you may be able to bring not only your family members, but also your nanny, maid, cook, and other domestic or personal employees. They may qualify for a B-1 visa, primarily intended for business visitors to the United States. It is a more uncommon use of the B-1 visa, evidenced by the fact that these types of visas are specially annotated with the visitor’s position. 

Which types of visa holders can bring employees to the U.S.?

East Hill Foundation Contributes $65,000 Toward the Protection of the Stella Niagara Preserve

East Hill Foundation Contributes $65,000 Toward the Protection of the Stella Niagara Preserve

 

The East Hill Foundation, located in North Tonawanda and focused on enhancing the quality of life of the residents of Western New York, has generously contributed $65,000 to the Western New York Land Conservancy for the creation of the Stella Niagara Preserve. This donation helped the Land Conservancy reach its $3.27 million fundraising goal, which enabled the Land Conservancy to purchase the 29-acre preserve property on the Niagara River in the Town of Lewiston. 

Waiving the Green Card Signature Requirement

Waiving the Green Card Signature Requirement

 

Typically, a green card (permanent resident card) must bear a beneficiary’s signature. This signature is captured at the beneficiary’s biometrics appointment and electronically transferred onto the card. However, USCIS released a statement last week explaining that not all green cards must bear the holder’s signature. 

When a green card holder is physically unable to provide a signature or is a child below the age of consent, the government may waive the signature requirement. In such a case, the green card will state “Signature Waived” on the front or back of the card where a signature would normally be located. 

Berardi Immigration Law to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Berardi Immigration Law to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

 

Berardi Immigration Law, a full-service immigration law firm headquartered at 2300 Wehrle Drive in Buffalo, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on June 24. Founded by Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi, the firm now employs a staff of 10 and has added regional offices in Newport Beach, CA; London, England; and Toronto, Canada.

“Berardi Immigration Law is recognized in legal circles for our reputation in delivering exceptional immigration services with a strong focus on employment and family matters,” said Berardi. “Our success has been based on our commitment to clients and our responsiveness. We appear at the border on a near daily basis to represent our clients and help them cross the border with confidence.”