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Six DFW immigrant leaders and an immigrant service organization were recently honored at the 2013 Immigrant Journey Awards. Hosted by Badmus Law Firm, the goal of the awards is to celebrate immigrants and immigrant service organizations who are trailblazers and exceptional role models in North Texas. The honorees were hosted at a luncheon at the La Cima Club in Irving, Texas.
Adil Adi, president and CEO of Worldlink, Inc. and Walter Chiang, founder and director of CP&Y, Inc. received the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award which recognizes immigrant business owners who have founded highly successful businesses and who serve as models of inspiration. Elizabeth Hernandez Sosa, corporate accountant with Borden Dairy Company, Hector Molina, project superintendent of KPost Company, and Florencia Velasco Fortner, president and CEO of the Concilio each won the Immigrant Professional Excellence Award, recognizing immigrants who have demonstrated significant professional achievements in their field and whose advancements in their field have positively impacted their profession or community.
The Immigrant Spirit Award was presented to Peter Burns, chair of the Mindbender Academy foundation. The award recognizes an immigrant civil leader who has contributed substantially to the community. The Hua Hsing Chinese School located in Plano received the Immigrant Advocate Award for its leadership and advocacy on behalf of immigrants. The school was represented by its president, Agnes Mu.
“These awards celebrate those who have chosen to make this country their home and whose outstanding achievements serve as an inspiration to us all. Like our past honorees, this year’s recipients have achieved remarkable success and give back to the community as well, ”said the firm’s founder, Ann Massey Badmus.
Proceeds from the luncheon funded the American Dream Scholarship awarded to three top DFW-area immigrant high school students. Scholarship recipients for 2013 were Sukjoon Choi of Irving, Jesus Jaimes of Dallas, and Vana Bahram of McKinney. All are honor students at their respective schools.
DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s leading multicultural social media site, has recently acknowledged Badmus Law Firm as one of the Texas’ “Top 50 Emerging Businesses” for 2013. Badmus Law Firm ranked 18 on the list. This exclusive ranking is a reflection of Badmus Law Firm’s overall vision, leadership and economic accomplishments in moving our economy forward. The award represents the most unique class of forward thinking companies who have earned the distinction of fostering a culture of sustainable growth among the communities they serve.
2013 marks DiversityBusiness.com’s 13th annual listing of the nation’s top businesses. Over 1.3 million businesses participated in this year’s program. The “Top 50 Emerging Businesses” are determined by a selection committee which evaluates the eligibility for all submissions in each award categories. The selection committee bases their decision on an extensive set of criteria which includes: reviewing each entrant’s business profile, website and gross annual sales submitted. The businesses selected on these prestigious lists have become highly coveted among corporations, government agencies and educational institutions who desire to increase opportunities with privately-held businesses.
“We are very proud to continue to support men and women who have become the core of our nation’s innovation, productivity and growth”, says Kenton Clarke, President & CEO of DiversityBusiness.com. He goes on to add, “I am very optimistic about our future especially as this distinct group of entrepreneurs continue to produce immeasurable results and serve as a prime example for current and generations to come.”
“This honor is a tribute to our hard-working and experienced team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff, who are dedicated to the success of our clients,” said Ann Massey Badmus, founder and attorney at Badmus Law Firm.
This List is a classification that represents the top privately-held businesses in the U.S., in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. The List offers a comprehensive look at the strongest segment in the United States economy- America’s privately-held businesses. Large organizational buyers who do business with multicultural, small and women-owned businesses all use the list. The List has garnered over 20 million annual views since inception.
Honorees will be extended accolades at a special awards ceremony during DiversityBusiness.com’s “13th Annual National Business Awards Ceremony and Conference”, at Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 24- April 26, 2013. For more details about the awards ceremony and conference please visit
For the complete list of winning companies, please visit: www.diversitybusiness.com.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. After today, USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap or the advanced degree exemption.
USCIS will use a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as the “lottery”) for all FY 2014 cap-subject petitions received through April 5, 2013. The agency will conduct the selection process for advanced degree exemption petitions first. All advanced degree petitions not selected will be part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit. Due to the high number of petitions received, USCIS is not yet able to announce the exact day of the random selection process. Also, USCIS is currently not providing the total number of petitions received, as we continue to accept filings today. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. USCIS will provide more detailed information about the H-1B cap next week.
In my opinion, now is the time for Congress to increase the number of H-1B visas! If you agree, contact your senator or congressional representatives and urge action!
Badmus Law Firm, a Dallas-based immigration law firm, is seeking nominations for its third annual Immigrant Journey Awards, which will recognize outstanding immigrants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These awards honor and celebrate those who have chosen to make this country their home and whose achievements serve as a role model and an inspiration to all.
The annual Immigrant Journey Awards will honor extraordinary DFW immigrants in the following categories:
•Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, honoring an immigrant business owner who has founded a highly successful business.
•Immigrant Professional Excellence Award, to an immigrant demonstrating significant professional achievement in their field.
•Immigrant Spirit Award, recognizing an immigrant civic leader or elected official who has contributed significantly to the region.
•Immigrant Advocate Award, honoring an individual or organization for having made an impact on the immigrant community and who advocates on behalf of immigrants and their communities.
Previous winners of the awards include Jose Fuentes and Gloria Rubio, owners of the popular Gloria’s Restaurants, Oscar Pareja, Assistant Coach of FC Dallas soccer team, FC Dallas, Joe Chow, former Mayor of Addison, Mosaic Family Services, Dr. Olubayo Idowu, Baku Kshatriya, President of ECOM Consulting, and Sante Chary, Founder and Owner of US Physician Resources.
Those wishing to nominate a deserving individual or organization can obtain nominations forms at http://www.badmuslaw.com/
Badmus Law Firm continues another year of supporting immigrant students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through its Immigrant Journey Awards program
Press Release- Nov 19, 2012 – Badmus Law Firm recently awarded its American Dream Scholarship to outstanding Irving student, Manuel Caballero. Mr. Caballero is a recent graduate of MacArthur High School and currently attends North Lake College, pursuing a degree in history and bilingual education. “This scholarship places me one step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a teacher and making my parents proud. I am now so close, I can actually taste it. Thank you, Badmus Law Firm, for this great opportunity,’ said Mr. Caballero, whose leadership activities included Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, College Readiness Program, and various academic and volunteer efforts in the community.
Badmus Law Firm’s scholarship was funded by proceeds from its 2012 Immigrant Journey Awards luncheon held earlier this year. The awards program honored notable DFW immigrants, Fernando Andrade, Joyce Brown, Sante Chary, and others. “Education is held in high standard at our firm. It is important to encourage our youth to achieve their educational goals, regardless of their financial status. Manuel is just one example of the many immigrant and first-generation American students that have distinguished themselves through their passionate commitment to education,” said Ann Massey Badmus, the firm’s founder.
The firm will award three American Dream Scholarships at the 2013 Immigrant Journey Awards luncheon. Immigrant and first-generation American high school students across DFW are encouraged to apply by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 17, North Lake College (NLC) hosted the DREAMers Immigration Workshop. The event offered free consultations with Badmus Law Firm PLLC to assist students applying for the “DREAM Deferred Action” program. Officially known as DACA, the program allows qualified applicants to avoid deportation, obtain a driver’s license and find employment or attend school.
“Immigration rules can be very complex and easily misunderstood,” explained Ann Massey Badmus, Attorney at Law and Founding Member of Badmus Law Firm. “…It is important that applicants clearly understand the risks and rewards of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.”
Workshop topics ranged from how to apply for a Social Security card and Texas driver’s license to students’ rights and obligations with a temporary work card. The event also stressed the importance of researching legal counsel through the American Bar Association, as some attorneys are not experienced in Immigration Law. “With the new Executive Order, there will be a lot of people out there trying to make some extra bucks,” said NLC Business & Training Services Coordinator Carlene Ross. “It’s important for these students not to listen to…false promises.”
Separating fact from fiction, NLC’s South Campus will host a second DREAMers Immigration Workshop this October.
Badmus Law Firm will recognize and honor 11 exceptional immigrants who have demonstrated leadership in business, a chosen profession, or in the civic arena. Winners of the Immigrant Journey Awards will be announced at awards luncheon on March 22
In a continuing effort to shine a spotlight on immigrant achievements in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Badmus Law Firm will honor 11 individuals who have reached the pinnacle of success at the 2012 Immigrant Journey Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 22.
Of the 10 finalists, two award winners each will get named in the Immigrant Entrepreneur and Immigrant Professional Excellence categories, while one receives recognition as an Immigrant Advocate. Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia will receive the Immigrant Spirit Award.
“We meet immigrants when they first decide to make the United States their new home,” said Ann Badmus, founding member of the Badmus Law Firm. “So it’s rewarding to honor these accomplished individuals with much-deserved recognition. Their stories show strength and determination in overcoming major challenges.”
This year’s nominees include a diverse group of achievers – all of whom turned ideas and creativity into successes. They include:
Fernando Andrade, president and CEO, GSR Andrade Architects Inc.
• Joyce Brown, founder and CEO, EFW Montessori School Inc.
• Sante Chary, CEO, U.S. Physicians Resources
• Neha Kunta, president and CEO, MNK Infotech
• Sandya George, CEO, Wonderland Montessori Academy of McKinney
• Olubayo A. Idowu, M.D. FACP
• Douglas Interiano, president, Proyecto Inmigrante ICS Inc.
• Juan Miguel Lopez, CEO, Mito Financial
• Mosaic Family Services
• Juan J. Williams, CEO, Nvisionit Financial Solutions
Winners will be announced on Thursday, March 22, at the Addison Conference and Theatre Center, 15650 Addison Rd., in Addison, Texas. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available at http://immigrantjourney2012.eventbrite.com/
Featured speaker for the second-annual event is Raul Magdaleno, director of diversity and community engagement at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of Arts and a 2004 Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
Previous Immigrant Journey Awards winners include Jose Fuentes and Gloria Rubio, owners of Gloria’s Restaurants;
To recognize and honor outstanding immigrant individuals and immigrant focused organizations in the North Texas area, Badmus Law Firm, an immigration and nationality law firm, is presenting the 2012 Immigrant Journey Awards. Now is the time to tell us about the outstanding immigrants you know in the following categories:
Immigrant Entrepreneur Award
Honoring an immigrant business owner who has founded a highly successful business in DFW and who serves as a model and inspiration of success.
Immigrant Professional Excellence Award
Honoring an immigrant who has demonstrated significant professional achievements in their field and whose advancements in their field have positively impacted their profession or community.
Immigrant Spirit Award
Recognizing an immigrant civic leader or elected official who has contributed substantially to the community or the region.
Immigrant Advocate Award
Recognizing a leader who has made a positive impact on the lives of immigrants, and who advocates on behalf of immigrants. Nominee may be an individual, an organization, a business, a governmental or community entity, or a non-profit organization.
Award winners will be announced and honored at a luncheon on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the Addison Conference Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001. Last year, this well-attended event received widespread media attention from public radio, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, and other local media.
Our nomination form is quick and easy to complete. If you are interested or know of anyone who qualifies for any of these awards, please submit a nomination. If you submitted a nomination form last year, we encourage you to re-submit and provide us with an update. Self nominations are accepted!
Nomination Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2012
Former award winners include: Jose Fuentes and Gloria Rubio of Gloria’s Restaurant, Baku Kshatriya of ECOM Consulting, Mayor Joe Chow of Addison, Oscar Pareya of FC Dallas, Raul Mateo Magdaleno of Southern Methodist University, Muthu Mudaliar, Muthu Financial Services
Proceeds will go to the establishment of The Badmus American Dream Scholarship Fund, honoring a top DFW-area high school student who is an American immigrant or first generation American.
Badmus Law Firm will be closed on December 23, December 26, December 30, and January 2 for the Christmas and New Year holidays. We wish you all a safe holiday season and Happy New Year!
A federal court has issued a temporary injunction to delay implementation of Alabama’s immigration law which was set to go into effect on September 1. The lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, religious leaders, and other plaintiffs challenges the constitutionally of the law and seeks a preliminary injunction that would stop the law from being enforced until the constitutionality of the law is decided. Judge Blackburn in this case has ordered a delay of 30 days to allow her time to consider the preliminary injunction request. If the judge grants the request, Alabama officials may not enforce the law until the a final decision on its legality is made.
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