Category: Family Immigration

May 05, 2022

USCIS Simplifying, Improving Communication of Case Processing Data so Public will have access to immediate, clear answers on case processing times

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced changes to simplify and improve how the agency communicates case processing time data to the public. As part of an agency-wide commitment to improve transparency, efficiency, and customer service, the changes also make it easier for individuals to get an immediate answer on when they can […]

May 03, 2022

USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), available to certain EAD renewal applicants, to up to 540 days. The increase, which will be effective immediately on May 4, 2022, will help avoid gaps in employment for noncitizens with pending […]

November 12, 2021

USCIS announces that H-4 EAD workers can now work while waiting for EAD Renewal and an EAD is no longer required for E-2 and L-2 Spouses to Work

In settlement of several lawsuits, the USCIS recently announced significant changes to its policy regarding employment authorization documents (EAD) for certain H-4, E-2, and L-2 dependent spouses.  The following policy guidance is effective as of November 12, 2021: The automatic extension rule will apply to  renewals of H-4, E-2, and L-2 EAD if (1) the […]

August 13, 2021

U.S. expands Citizenship Eligibility for Children born Overseas through Surrogacy or In Vitro Fertilization

The Biden administration recently expanded the eligibility of certain children born overseas through assisted reproductive technology (ART). ART is used to treat infertility and conceive children through various techniques such as surrogacy or in vitro fertilization. Until this new policy change, the US could deny citizenship to children conceived through ART and born abroad, even […]

May 01, 2021

US Embassies will prioritize applications to reduce the immigrant visa backlogs

The Department of State (DOS) recently announced U.S. embassies and consulates are using a tiered approach to reduce the backlog in the processing of immigrant visas. DOS identified four priority tiers listing the main categories of immigrant visas in each: –Tier One: Immediate relative intercountry adoption visas, age-out cases (cases where the applicant will soon […]

March 28, 2021

Seminar: Understanding the Latest Biden Administration Immigration Actions

Announcing Understanding the Latest Biden Administration Immigration Actions Seminar President Joe Biden has issued many executive orders and even proposed a comprehensive immigration bill to Congress. Join Asian Chamber of Texas and Attorney Ann Massey Badmus for insights and updates on these immigration action, particularly for businesses, employers, and individuals, including: Update on travel and […]

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 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 15, 2021

Why Was My Green Card Application Denied?

Pursuing a green card can be a lengthy and stressful process. Being denied after spending so much time and money on your application is incredibly frustrating, but it does not mean that all hope is lost. With the help of your Dallas green card attorney, you may be able to reopen your case for a […]