Category: Employment Immigration

February 27, 2021

What H-1B Employees Can Expect and Do During a Surprise Government Audit

You are going about your usual duties at work when you get a call that a government agent wants to speak with you about your H-1B visa.  As you descend in the elevator to the lobby, your imagination goes wild.  As you meet the agent, he identifies himself as an FDNS inspector and wants to […]

February 22, 2021

Ready, Set, Go! How Employers Should Prepare Now for the H-1B Cap Lottery

H-1B visas authorize highly educated non-citizen professionals to work for U.S. employers in specialty occupations.  Current law limits the number of new H-1B visas issued each fiscal year.  The H-1B quota  for this fiscal year is 65,000 for those who hold at least  a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. In addition, 20,000 H-1B visas are […]

January 28, 2021

How Has President Biden Changed Immigration?

On day one,  January 20, 2021, President Biden issued several orders on immigration. Some orders take immediate effect while others may take more time to be implemented.  Download this one-pager to learn more. Although there have been many announcements with promised changes, many of them will take time to be implemented. Policies, rules, and laws […]

January 28, 2021

Employers Should Prepare Now for the H-1B Cap Registration Period

H-1B Cap Registration:  Employers can register for H-1B visas from March 9 through March 25, 2021, for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022). During this timeframe, H-1B cap-subject employers, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, seeking to file a FY 2022 H-1B cap petition will be required […]

January 27, 2021

Biden freezes Trump’s last-minute H-1B visa rules

Just before it ended, the Trump administration issued two last-minute H-1B visa rules that substantially changed the H-1B visa program. H-1B cap registration –  under a final rule issued Jan. 8 , only the highest-paid applicants for new H-1B visa would be selected. Currently, foreign workers are randomly selected through the annual H-1B visa lottery. […]

January 22, 2021

Join Us at the  Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable-MCOR annual Citizenship Workshop

Join Badmus & Associates at the  Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable-MCOR annual Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about the citizenship process, hear from the US Citizenship & Immigration Service, and meet with immigration attorneys.  Attorney Ann Massey Badmus will explain the background screening process for citizen applications.  […]

January 22, 2021

Muslim and African Travel Ban Ends Under New Biden Administration

Although originally touted as a 90-day restriction on immigration, the Trump travel ban has kept apart thousands of immigrant families from 13 countries for nearly four long years. Now that the Biden administration has reversed much of this ban, the State Department will develop plans to reconsider thousands of visa denials that were issued under […]

January 14, 2021

What to Expect at Your Biometrics Appointment

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services  (USCIS) requires a biometrics appointment as part of the process for many types of immigration applications. Here’s what to expect at your biometrics appointment: Appointment Notice You will receive a notice (Form I-797C, Notice of Action) a few weeks before  your appointment. This notice will include the date, […]

January 08, 2021

USCIS Provides Update on Receipt Notice Delays for Forms Filed at Lockbox Facilities

Many applications are filed at USCIS “lockbox” locations such as I-140, I-485, I-130,  I-765 and other applications.  Typically, receipts for these applications are issued within two weeks. But these are not typical times. On January 8, 2021, USCIS issued an update that receipt notices for applications filed at a lockbox are significantly delayed.  According to […]