November 2017 Visa Bulletin

The November 2017 Visa Bulletin was released this morning. Most notably, the potentially monthly movement was less than anticipated in the October 2017 visa bulletin. November 2017 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date advances 24 days to 15 November 2015, F2B preference advances 7 days to a PD of[…]

Breaking: Premium Processing Resumed for All H1B Petitions

A few moments ago, USCIS announced that premium processing will be resumed for ALL H1b applications. While there was a slow return of premium processing in various categories, this completes reintroducing premium processing in all categories. See below message from USCIS: WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all[…]

Free Tickets to For Here Or To Go?

The award winning movie For Here or To Go? will be returning to Seattle at the Landmark Crest Cinema from Sept 22-29 . Here is a link to the theatre website.  The movie is supported by many industry leaders around the country. Check out the website! The screen writer and producer Rishi Bhilawadikar will host[…]

Lawsuit filed in response to delayed International Entrepreneur Rule

The National Law Journal reported the below copied article.   Venture Capital Advocates Sue Trump Over Delayed Foreign Entrepreneur Rule C. Ryan Barber, The National Law Journal September 19, 2017    | 0 Comments Andrew Pincus, of Mayer Brown, speaking during an event held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce titled “CFPB’s Anti-Arbitration Rule: Analysis & Implications,” on[…]

October 2017 Visa Bulletin Category

The October 2017 Visa Bulletin was released this morning. Most notably, all EB1 priority dates returned to current as did EB2 priority dates for countries other than India and China. F4 returned for all countries other than China, India, the Philippines, and Mexico returned to its pre-retrogression priority while F4 India advanced beyond its pre-retrogression[…]

September 2017 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The September 2017 Visa Bulletin was recently released. Most notably, F1 and F4 retrogressed for all countries except Mexico and the Philippines to May 1, 2010 and January 1, 2002 respectively. These categories will become current again on October 1, 2017. Additionally, there was forward movement in some of the employment-based categories that previously retrogressed. Please[…]

The RAISE Act: The Opposite of Strengthening the US Economy

If we could give points for the most mean-spirited, misleading, and most unAmerican bill ever introduced, the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act or “RAISE” Act would win hands down.  The draconian bill the Trump Administration announced yesterday has been touted as strengthening the economy. In reality, it will do anything but that. Rather[…]

USCIS to Resume Cap-Exempt H1b Premium Processing.

Today, USCIS announced that cap-exempt H1b applications can file premium processing again. See below notice copied from USCIS website: USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions Release Date: July 24, 2017 WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B[…]

Tahmina Shares Thoughts on Delay of International Entrepreneur Rule

Readers and listeners of my radio show will know how deeply I care about the International Entrepreneur Rule, the ‘Startup Visa’ alternative provision that was created by the Obama administration. The Rule was officially delayed on Monday through a federal register notice. Here are links to various media stories with my comments and appearances: KUOW -This[…]