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What are My Options if I Can’t Attend My Biometrics Appointment?

What are My Options if I Can’t Attend My Biometrics Appointment?

 

Most applicants seeking immigration benefits must undergo a records check. This records check is often initiated through a scheduled biometrics appointment held at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC). During the appointment, your fingerprints will be taken and electronically submitted to various government agencies’ databases. Your biometric information is captured in order to conduct a criminal background check and to also ensure that you are the same person who submitted the application for immigration benefits. 

Catholic Charities Awarded $100,000 Grant from Ralph C. Wilson Foundation

Catholic Charities Awarded $100,000 Grant from  Ralph C. Wilson Foundation

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $100,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to support case management service coordination for military members and their families throughout the eight counties of Western New York. The grant reflects a commitment of $100,000 over the next three years.

The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation provides support to charitable and educational purposes with a mission to support non-profit organizations that make a tangible positive impact on people's lives.

Catholic Charities sought the funds in its effort to ensure that the organization is responding to the needs of the many current and past military members and their families in our communities. A Vision Military committee was begun more than a year ago and this support will help to further the group’s goal that clients and the community see Catholic Charities as responsive to the needs of servicemen and servicewomen.

The Pasta Peddler, Blackbird Sweets to Occupy Larger Hertel Avenue Location

The Pasta Peddler, Blackbird Sweets to Occupy Larger Hertel Avenue Location

 

The Pasta Peddler and Blackbird Sweets, two family owned businesses that operate side-by-side, will move to a larger location at 1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, in early August. The businesses currently operate in the Horsefeathers Building at 346 Connecticut St. 

“Our businesses are growing, and as a result we have outgrown our current 650-square-foot operation,” said Eric Amodeo, co-owner of The Pasta Peddler. “Our new location will offer approximately 3,000 square feet of retail and production space. We also hope to add lunch and dinner service and an outdoor patio in the future.”

What the World Cup is Teaching Us About Citizenship

What the World Cup is Teaching Us About Citizenship

 

Soccer is the sport played most consistently around the world. It's not sectioned off or dominated by one particular country. According to FIFA's most recent survey, there are 265 million players actively involved in soccer around the world, or roughly 4 percent of the world's population. 

Notice to U.S. Visa Applicants in Paris, France: Expect Delays

Notice to U.S. Visa Applicants in Paris, France: Expect Delays

 

The U.S. Embassy in Paris will transition to a new visa appointment system on July 31, impacting visa applicants. As with any significant change to a bureaucratic system, Embassy France cautions that, “The transition to the new visa appointment system may cause some temporary delays. The U.S. Embassy strongly encourages all visa applicants who intend to travel to the United States during the summer to schedule a visa appointment or request online preclearance to travel via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) as soon as possible.”  

What is the SB-1 Visa (aka Returning Resident Visa)?

What is the SB-1 Visa (aka Returning Resident Visa)?

Permanent residents who have remained outside of the United States for more than one calendar year and did not obtain a re-entry permit (http://www.berardiimmigrationlaw.com/immigration-blog/protect-your-green-card-status) prior to their trip abroad may be deemed to have abandoned their permanent resident status. However, permanent residents who were unable to return to the U.S. for reasons beyond their control may qualify for an SB-1 visa, also known as the Returning Resident Visa. 

L-1 Visa Holders Can Request L-2 Status for Spouses and Dependents

L-1 Visa Holders Can Request L-2 Status for Spouses and Dependents

Berardi Immigration Law processes a lot of intercompany transfers or L-1 visa applications. The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows companies operating both in the U.S. and abroad to transfer employees from the foreign operation to the U.S.  You can learn more about L-1 visas on our blog post at http://www.berardiimmigrationlaw.com/services/work-in-the-united-states/l-1-nonimmigrant-visa-intracompany-transferees.