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Examining the Freedom of Information Act

Examining the Freedom of Information Act

 

The website www.FOIA.gov describes the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as the “law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.”  

In today’s part one of a three-part series of posts, we’ll be discussing what types of information can be requested and disclosed and what information the government is prohibited from releasing. Parts two and three of this series will take a closer look at FOIA requests for Citizenship and Immigration Services and Customs and Border Protection. 

What You Need to Know to Pass Your Naturalization Test

What You Need to Know to Pass Your Naturalization Test

 

Imagine this scenario: You have been a green card holder for the past five years and have made sure to spend less than six months a year outside of the United States. You can now finally apply to become a U.S. citizen! 

After submitting your application to USCIS and attending your biometrics appointment, you have been scheduled for your final naturalization interview. You’ve heard that the tests are fairly easy and did not think you would need to study. You’re shocked when the interviewing officer asks you question after question that you do not know the answer to. You sadly do not pass the naturalization test that day. 

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. 

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.