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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. 

Catholic Charities Receives $100,000 Grant from John R. Oishei Foundation for Healthcare Project

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation to assist its Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP) in establishing a multidisciplinary health care clinic to serve new arrivals at its campus on Buffalo’s West Side.
        
Funding for the clinic will help support the renovation and repurposing of the former Nativity Roman Catholic Church on Herkimer Street to serve as a “one-stop” service center. Health care partner Mobile Primary will provide refugee health assessments and primary care. Baker Victory Services will provide dental health assessment and services. D’Youville College faculty and allied health students will assist in provision of clinic services. Plans also include the location of a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) site in the facility.
        

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.?

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. 

Reliant Capital Solutions to Expand into WNY, Host Job Fair on June 18

Reliant Capital Solutions to Expand into WNY, Host Job Fair on June 18

 

Reliant Capital Solutions, LLC, a Columbus, Ohio-based company that specializes in education collections, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a small business contract for the U.S. Department of Education. After careful consideration on a second location to support the new contract, Reliant has selected Buffalo, N.Y., as the site for its expansion! Reliant will open a new facility in Transit Commons, located at 2701 Transit Road in Elma.