Dallas Attorney Ann M. Badmus Honored By Texas Bar Foundation

Ms. Ann Badmus with Badmus & Associates has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition …

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USCIS Announces Potential Interview Cancellations due to COVID-19 Omicron Variant

A recent update has been issued on the USCIS Response to COVID-19 webpage due to the surge of the COVID-19 omicron variant. From USCIS:Due to increased spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19, USCIS field offices may need to reschedule appointments based on local conditions. We will send notices to applicants and petitioners with previously scheduled appointments …

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USCIS Announces New Expedited Processing Policy For Healthcare Worker EAD Renewals

Processing times for employment authorization documents (EAD) can exceed 8 to 12 months, even for renewals.  On December 28, 2021, the USCIS announced that certain healthcare workers who have a pending EAD renewal application (Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization) are eligible for expedited processing. To qualify for expedited processing,the applicant must be an essential  …

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Department of State Expands Waiver of In-Person Interviews for Certain Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants at U.S. Embassies through December 31, 2022

Most visa applications at U.S. embassies require in-person interview before approval of a non-immigrant visa.  Consequently, visa applicants typically have to schedule a visa appointment, which could be many months away. However, embassies always had some ability or authorization to waive the need for an in-person interview.  .  On December 23, 2021,  the Department  of …

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10 Reasons Why U.S. Citizenship May Be Right for You (Part 2)

While having a green card (permanent residence) allows you to live and work in the United States indefinitely, U.S. citizenship affords you many more rights and benefits. Generally, a permanent resident can apply for citizenship 57 months after their green card is issued (33 months for spouses of U.S. citizens).  In part one, we described …

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(USCIS NOTICE) Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Natural Disasters and Other Unforeseen Circumstances

Regarding natural disasters like the recent tornadoes in Kentucky, the USCIS published this  important reminder: USCIS is reminding the public that we offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. Examples of unforeseen circumstances include, but are not limited to, the recent tornadoes in Kentucky and surrounding states. The …

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Preparing Now for the FY2022-2023 H-1B Cap Registration 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 …

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USCIS Temporarily Waiving 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is temporarily waiving the requirement that the civil surgeon sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no more than 60 days before an applicant files an application for the underlying immigration benefit (including Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status), until Sept. 30, 2022.This …

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10 Reasons Why U.S. Citizenship May Be Right for You (Part 1)

While having a green card (permanent residence) allows you to live and work in the United States indefinitely, U.S. citizenship affords you many more rights and benefits. Generally, a permanent resident can apply for citizenship 57 months after their green card is issued (33 months for spouses of U.S. citizens).   Here are five of the …

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All Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Applicants May Now File Forms I-821 and I-765 Online

As of Nov. 29, all applicants eligible to file for TPS under one of the current designations may file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online. The following countries are currently designated for TPS: Burma (Myanmar)El SalvadorHaitiHondurasNepalNicaraguaSomaliaSouth SudanSudanSyriaVenezuelaYemen First-time TPS applicants and TPS beneficiaries who are re-registering …

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