Category: General

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

Justice Department Rescinds Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy

The Biden administration is making many changes to immigration policy.  One big change is the  elimination of the “zero tolerance” policy of the Trump administration. An NPR article by Jaclyn Diaz does a good job summarizing this change.   In short, under the zero tolerance policy,   “adults who entered the U.S. from the southern border were […]

January 22, 2021

The Dos and Don’ts of Trademarking Your Business Name

Why You Should Hire A Dallas Trademarking Attorney When your business is in its infancy, choosing a name is equally exciting and overwhelming. You want the name to embody your company’s spirit, message, and overall appeal, but you don’t want to overstep any legal boundaries. With that said, it’s in your best interest to consult […]

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 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, […]

December 29, 2020

Biometrics Appointments Severely Delayed Due to Pandemic

On December 29, 2020, USCIS confirmed what we already know – it is experiencing substantial delays in scheduling or rescheduling application support center (ASC) appointments to collect biometrics.  In its announcement, the USCIS explained that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and safety procedures, ASCs are operating at 65% of pre-COVID levels.  The current state of […]

December 21, 2020

USCIS Extends Time to Respond to Requests for Evidence and Other Case Requests Due to Pandemic, Once Again

On December 18, 2020, USCIS issued a new notice, adding to a previous notice, extending the period of time individuals can respond to certain requests. The notice states: USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March […]