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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.?

Am I liable for unauthorized transactions on my debit card?

It depends. Federal law provides consumers with protection against most unauthorized credit- and debit-card transactions.

Under federal law, consumer liability for unauthorized credit-card transactions is limited to $50. However, many banks and credit-card companies offer even more protection for credit cards in the form of "zero liability" for unauthorized transactions.

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. 

Self-Directed IRAs

A self-directed IRA isn't a different type of IRA. Rather, the term refers to any individual retirement account (traditional or Roth) that allows you to direct the investment of your IRA assets into nontraditional investments. For example, in addition to the usual IRA mainstays (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and CDs), a self-directed IRA might invest in real estate, limited partnership interests, a small business, or anything else the law (and your IRA trustee/custodian) allows. In fact, the only investment you can't have in an IRA is life insurance. Collectibles (artwork, stamps, wine, and antiques) aren't strictly prohibited, but if your IRA purchases these items, you could suffer adverse tax consequences.

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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.”