Category: News/Events

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 […]

February 14, 2021

Who is the new head of the Department of Homeland Security?

Alejandro Mayorkas has become the first Latino and immigrant to lead the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)   The DHS is  one of the largest government departments and administers the majority of immigration rules and regulations through agencies such as United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement […]

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 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 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 […]

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 […]