It’s Family Reunification, not Chain Migration

In a recent statement, the government belittled our family reunification immigration laws, adopting the pejorative term  “chain migration.”  It further claimed family immigration “has depressed wages and job opportunities for comparably skilled American workers.” Aside from offering no valid proof of this claim, the current government disregards the objective of keeping families together, which America has long recognized as a core national value. Family-based immigrants simply are not a drai...
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Ann Badmus Discusses Sanctuary Cities on Talk Radio

Here's my recent radio interview with Chris Saucedo WBAP News Talk Radio in Dallas.  Interesting and lively discussion about immigration law and so-called "sanctuary cities." I'd love to hear what you think about sanctuary cities and current direction of immigration. Feel free to post your comments below.  
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What are the new priority date rules for employer sponsored green cards?

Because the U.S. has annual limits on the number of employment sponsored green cards issued (as determined by “preference” category and the applicant’s country of chargeability), most applicants who apply for a green card based on a job need to know their priority date. Based on these limits, the State Department publishes a visa bulletin that shows a “cut-off date” marking the current availability of immigrant visas (green cards).  In a separate filing chart, the cut-off date signifies when an...
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How to get your immigration records from the government

You may want or need a copy of your immigration records from the government for many reasons.  Whatever the purpose, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access that information, regardless of your immigration status.  However, FOIA does allow the government to withhold some records from disclosure so you might not receive 100% of your records. There are several agencies that may have your immigration records so you might need to make several FOIA requests to get as ma...
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When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: December 2016

Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please learn more about the Adjustment of Status Filing Process. If you already have a petition filed or approved on your behalf, you may have to wait for an available visa in your category (if applicable) before you can file your Form I-485, Application to ...
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Medical Association and 121 Residency Programs Settle Immigration Discrimination Claims

The Justice Department recently announced agreements with 121 podiatry residency programs and the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) to resolve claims that they discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The department’s investigations found that between 2013 and 2015, the programs and AACPM created and published discriminatory postings for podiatry residents through AACPM’s online podiatry res...
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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for Six Months

From the USCIS today: WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended the designations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional six months. Although there have been significant improvements in the conditions in all three countries since their designations for TPS in November 2014, the lingering effects of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak and continued recovery challenges support this six-month extension. The extended designa...
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Getting a Green Card through the National Interest Waiver Just Got Easier for Specialist Physicians

For many foreign-born physicians, especially those born in India, the national interest waiver (NIW) application is the easiest and fastest way to get into the green card queue.  Since 2007,  NIW green cards have been available to both primary care and specialists physicians. But for specialist physicians,   the government only approved NIW applications of those who worked in designated physician scarcity area (PSA).  The problem is that few PSAs exist, especially because the agency responsib...
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Quick Question – Is a J-1 Waiver Physician Exempt from the H-1B Cap When Changing Employers?

Quick Question:  I am a physician who is currently working pursuant to a J -1 waiver.  I know I am required to work for three years to fulfill my waiver.  But I plan to change to a different employer after that.  Is it true that once I complete my J-1 waiver contract, I can work for any other employer who will hire and sponsor me in H-1B status AND that I will not be subject to the H-1B cap when my new employer applies for my H-1B? Answer:  Yes,   you are not subject to the H-1B numerical lim...
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USCIS Warning to Immigrants: Beware of Tax Identity Theft

Tax identify theft is a big issue for everyone but in a recent years, fraudsters have targeted immigrants in particular.  In recognition of Tax Identify Theft Awareness Week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently warned of one scam: If a tax preparer offers to help you prepare your immigration forms, be careful. People who prepare tax returns may not be authorized to help you with immigration forms. The only people who can give advice on immigration law are licensed atto...
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