On February 23rd, 2018, USCIS released a new memo titled “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites”. In this memo, USCIS creates new and onerous policy guidance about H1b adjudications. Here are some of my thoughts about the memo: While the memo targets employers who place H1b workers at ‘third party worksites’[…]
As the H1b lottery season approaches, the USCIS issued a new policy memo last night. Below is the email from USCIS. I will write about the details of the memo shortly but in essence, it is going to rise to more RFEs and denials. Stay tuned. From USCIS: WASHINGTON—The H-1B visa program generally allows a[…]
On February 3rd 2018, the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs held its second annual mega legal clinic on citizenship. Readers may recall our participation during the first mega-clinic last year on inauguration day. Watson Immigration Law attorneys Tahmina and Trisha proudly served the community helping people with their citizenship applications. The[…]
It was one year ago that we faced the unprecedented travel ban that caused immense chaos at airports around the country and airports outside the US. Readers will recall my speech at the rally held that Sunday. 12 months later the chaos has calmed down but the profound effects of the ban are felt daily.[…]
The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) published my article on the International Entrepreneur Rule. Thank you WTIA for the honor! Regular readers will know how much time over the last 9 years I have devoted to the topic of the Startup Visa and the subsequent International Entrepreneur Rule. I had the privilege of working with[…]
We are delighted that the Huffington Post published Tahmina’s article A Blue Print for a National Legal Defense Fund. Hope you will enjoy reading it and share it widely.
CBP will start sending emails to ESTA travelers 10 days prior to expiration that they should leave. This is a new compliance initiative. If you receive an email notification, I would love to know. Below is a copy of the statement released by CBP. CBP Reminds Travelers of Time Remaining in the US with[…]
On Monday January 8th 2018, the administration ended temporary protected status (TPS) for those from El Salvador. Having recently ended TPS for Haiti and Honduras, this step was anticipated. However, there was still some hope, until this morning, that this action would not be taken. People on TPS from El Salvador have until 9th September[…]
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It has been a roller coaster of a year. Here are some links to recent discussions and interviews with Geekwire, Bloomberg and The Seattle Times: Geekwire: ‘Seismic shift’ in H-1B visa program could mean trouble for tech” The Seattle Times: Hillary Clinton talks Chardonnay and collusion at sold-out Seattle event Bloomberg: Immigration Attorneys on Their Toes in the[…]