Should Green Card Applicants Use an H-1B Visa or Advance Parole Document for International Travel?

Applicants for adjustment of status receive a special permission to return from international travel called Advance Parole (AP).  If you have an approved, valid AP travel document, you may use it to re-enter the U.S. without a visa.  In fact,…

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USCIS Updates Guidelines on Maximum Validity Periods for New Employment Authorization Documents for Certain Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today published updated policy guidance to change the maximum validity period that may be granted for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued to certain applicants, as well as to provide general guidance on adjudicating Form I-765,…

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FY 2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1

From the USCIS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 18, 2022. During…

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USCIS Updates Criteria and Policy for Requests to Expedite Application 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has updated the USCIS Policy Manual to reflect new guidance on how it determines whether a case warrants expedited treatment. The new guidance is effective immediately. The policy update: Clarifies the criteria and circumstances of expedite requests…

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USCIS Alert: New Procedure for Transfer of Underlying Basis in Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications

An applicant for adjustment of status (green card) may have more than one qualifying petition that is the basis for the adjustment of status application (Form I-485). For example, an applicant could have filed an I-485 application based upon an…

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DHS Makes More International Students Eligible for STEM OPT

The Biden administration recently announced the expansion of STEM OPT  to retain and benefit more STEM students. STEM students are F-1 visa students completing a degree in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. OPT stands for optional practical…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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