Tag: immigration

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 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 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 […]

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 […]

December 19, 2020

Here’s why we oppose Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020 H.R. 1044, as amended by S. 386.

Badmus & Associates joins with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in opposition to the  Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020 H.R. 1044, as amended by S. 386.  Don’t get us wrong.  We absolutely support removing the per-country limitations for employment-based immigrants because individuals should become permanent residents based on the skills they […]

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 […]