November 13, 2020

USCIS Announces a Revised Naturalization Civics Test

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today plans to implement a revised version of the naturalization civics test. The agency first announced plans to revise the civics test in July 2019. USCIS revised the civics test as part of a decennial update to ensure that it remains an instrument that comprehensively assesses applicants’ knowledge of American […]

November 08, 2020

Flawed new H-1B wage rule makes H-1B visa out of reach for many employers

 The Department of Labor has recently enacted a new wage rule requiring businesses to pay their employees holding H-1B visas a mandated wage of $208,000 ($100 an hour). According to the DOL website, this mandated wage is set regardless of experience or the position they are applying for. An example of this would be the […]

October 22, 2020

2020 Presidential Election Candidates on Immigration

With the 2020 Presidential Election coming up, Badmus & Associates posts this brief guide to compare the two candidates’ positions on immigration issues of concern such as  USCIS accountability, the legalization of unauthorized immigrants, and legal immigration.  USCIS accountability is extremely important because since President Trump took office, overall average case time processing time has […]

October 16, 2020

Benefits of an Adjustment of Status (Green Card) Application

As defined by the USCIS,  adjustment of status is the process that you can use to apply for lawful permanent resident status (also known as applying for a Green Card) when you are present in the United States.  If you are qualified for a green card and meet the requirements for adjustment of status, you submit […]

October 15, 2020

Immigration Attorney Ann Massey Badmus receives 2020 UN Day Global Leadership Award

The Dallas Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, a membership organization devoted to strengthening the US-UN relationship through public education and advocacy, announced its winners for the 5th Annual UN Day Global Leadership Awards. Founded on the promise to advance peace and prosperity for people and the planet, UN Day Awards honor […]

October 09, 2020

How Long Does It Take To Get a Patent?

You’ve come up with a wonderful invention, and you want a patent for it. Getting a patent can take some time, so you’ll need patience to get through the process. Here’s a typical timeline for getting a patent. Initial Research and Legal Analysis This is one of the most important stages in the patent process. […]

October 01, 2020

Congress Greatly Expands Premium Processing For Immigration Applications

The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act gives the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) access to premium processing funds to pay for operational expenses.  The Act authorizes premium processing services to employment-based nonimmigrant petitions and associated applications for dependents, such as Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140), Application to Extend/Change […]

September 25, 2020

Can You Trademark a Sound?

What Is a Trademark? A trademark is something that labels and differentiates the source of the products that one party produces from the goods that another party produces. It can be designated as a design, symbol, phrase or word. A service mark is also a design, symbol, phrase or a word, but it differentiates the […]

September 11, 2020

Is a Handwritten Will Valid?

Everyone reaches a point in their lives when it is time to make out a will. A last will and testament is a legal document that gives you full control on how to distribute your estate after you have passed away. Sometimes circumstances and situations arise when you may have to make a handwritten will, […]

August 24, 2020

USCIS Issues Guidance on its Processing of DACA Requests

USCIS News Release: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today provided guidance on how it will implement Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf’s July 28 memorandum regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Under USCIS’ implementing guidance, we will reject all initial DACA requests from aliens who have never previously received DACA and […]