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“Next Things Now” Buffalo Innovation Video Surpasses 10,000 Views After Debuting At 43north Finals

“Next Things Now” Buffalo Innovation Video Surpasses 10,000 Views After Debuting At 43north Finals

Since its founding more than two centuries ago, Buffalo, N.Y. has been home to innovators and entrepreneurs—and that legacy continues today. 43North—The World’s Largest ($5 million) Business Idea Competition—has teamed up with Buffalo Niagara Enterprise and Paget Films to tell the story of a forward-looking city with a proud past in an inspiring new video.

Titled “Next Things Now” and clocking in at just under five minutes in length, the video highlights dozens of bright moments in Buffalo’s history, ranging from the opening of the Erie Canal to the first successful skin graft to today’s groundbreaking genomic research.

This fast-paced, emotional video is narrated by 25 members of the next generation of Buffalo leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs (see credits below).

Preserving the Status of Children Born to LPR Parents

Preserving the Status of Children Born to LPR Parents

 

Per U.S. immigration regulations, a child born to a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) parent will automatically acquire his or her parent’s status if the child was born in the U.S. within the validity of the parent’s green card. But what happens when a child is born during her LPR mother’s temporary visit abroad?

Fortunately, the same regulations hold that children in this category also automatically acquire their parent’s LPR status, provided:
• The parent and child seek entry into the U.S. within two years of the child’s birth; and
• Either accompanying parent is applying for readmission upon first return after the birth of the child.

Busy Winter Travel Season Expected to Delay Passport Processing Times

Busy Winter Travel Season Expected to Delay Passport Processing Times

 

With the busy holiday travel season right around the corner, the U.S. Department of State is encouraging U.S. citizens to apply for or renew their U.S. passports now if making plans for winter travel. The DOS is currently experiencing lower average passport processing times than it will once the winter season arrives. 

Applicants traveling in more than three weeks may apply at a passport acceptance facility, such as a post office, library or a clerk of court. Routine service averages a four- to five-week turnaround, while expedited service averages two to three weeks. Expedited service does require an additional $60 fee. 

Continental 1 is Encouraged by Meyersdale-to-Somerset Route 219 Bids

Continental 1 is Encouraged by Meyersdale-to-Somerset Route 219 Bids
Continental 1, the organization advocating for the completion of a direct 1,500-mile trade corridor from Toronto to Miami utilizing Route 219 in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland, expressed enthusiasm over reports that the low bid for the highly-anticipated Phase 2 of the Route 219 expansion project between Meyersdale and Somerset came in $15 million less than anticipated. "The Continental 1 organization celebrates every new development that gives momentum to the completion of Route 219,” said Meg Lauerman, Continental 1 executive director. “Obviously, a bid that comes in lower than anticipated from a developer already with a good understanding of the project is very encouraging news. We're looking forward to the next phase of this critical piece of Continental 1 to commence." Joseph B.

USCIS Declares ‘Mother’ and ‘Parent’ No Longer Requires Genetic Relationship

USCIS Declares ‘Mother’ and ‘Parent’ No Longer Requires Genetic Relationship

 

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy on Oct. 28, 2014, that has altered the definitions of “mother” and “parent” so that gestational mothers using assisted reproductive technology (ART) may be able to transfer their U.S. citizenship to their children. An example of such ART would be a woman who became pregnant through an egg donor. Previously, a genetic relationship with a U.S. citizen parent was required in order for a child born abroad to acquire citizenship at birth through his or her parent.

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen College will begin offering courses next spring for a new master of social work (MSW) degree, which will include a concentration in the high-demand practice area of children and families, making it the first MSW program offered at a private college in Western New York.

The New York State Department of Education has granted approval for Daemen to offer the MSW degree that’s designed to provide advanced training for experienced professionals and students with a background in liberal arts who are looking to further or begin their education in the field.

Recapping Berardi Immigration Law’s Busy Week at the Border

Recapping Berardi Immigration Law’s Busy Week at the Border

 

Last week, Berardi Immigration Law accompanied seven clients to the border to present their cases before Customs & Border Protection (CBP) at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, N.Y. Once again, we were successful in having all of our clients’ petitions approved.

Renewal of L-1A (1) and L-1B Status (2)
Among our many cases, we assisted three individuals applying for renewal of L-1 status. One of these clients was an L-1A Intracompany Transferee Manager and the other two were L-1B Intracompany Transferees with Specialized Knowledge.