Benefits of an Adjustment of Status (Green Card) Application

As defined by the USCIS,  adjustment of status is the process that you can use to apply for lawful permanent resident status (also known as applying for a Green Card) when you are present in the United States.  If you are qualified…

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Immigration Attorney Ann Massey Badmus receives 2020 UN Day Global Leadership Award

The Dallas Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, a membership organization devoted to strengthening the US-UN relationship through public education and advocacy, announced its winners for the 5th Annual UN Day Global Leadership Awards. Founded on the…

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Congress Greatly Expands Premium Processing For Immigration Applications

The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act gives the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) access to premium processing funds to pay for operational expenses.  The Act authorizes premium processing services to employment-based nonimmigrant petitions and associated…

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Physician Immigration Q&A Webinar Replay – August 19, 2020

Enjoy this replay of our August 2020 monthly free webinar exclusively for physicians and medical employers. Physicians, if you have an immigration question on your mind, join us for our next free webinar and get the facts about immigration rules…

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Physician Immigration Q&A Webinar Replay – July 16, 2020

Enjoy this replay of our July 2020 monthly free webinar exclusively for physicians and medical employers. Physicians, if you have an immigration question on your mind, join us for our next free webinar and get the facts about immigration rules…

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USCIS Increases Application Fees Starting October 2, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday, July 31 that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase its fees by an average of 20% starting on October 2, 2020. USCIS cites the fact that it is 97% fee funded and…

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Federal Court Blocks Trump Administration from Implementing Public Charge Rule During Pandemic

On Wednesday, July 29, a Judge in the Southern District of New York ruled that the public charge rule could not be implemented during a national emergency declaration. The public charge rule is explained in a former blog post as…

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UPDATE on Potential USCIS Layoffs

USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) was originally planning to furlough 13,000 of its workers if no Congressional action was taken before August 3, but has now pushed the start of the furlough to August 31. Although USCIS had financial troubles prior…

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National Interest Exceptions to Immigration Bans Are Possible for Some Visa Applicants

Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052 suspended the entry of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants until December 31, 2020. However, there are certain exceptions for individuals whose travel to the United States would be in the national interest that have been updated by the…

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Potential National Interest Exemptions Available for Some Travelers from Europe

The Department of State (DOS) is clarifying some aspects on what kind of individuals may qualify for the national interest exemptions under Presidential Proclamations 9993 (Schengen Area) and 9996 (United Kingdom and Ireland). On July 16, 2020, a notice was issued by…

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