USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H1b Visas on April 3rd 2017

On Friday March 3rd just before 3pm PST, USCIS dropped a bombshell that premium processing for H1b will be suspended from April 3 for about 6 months.  Below is a copy of the email.  This is particularly upsetting for cap-subject H1bs. In other words, the H1b lottery will be affected.  For cap cases, it is[…]

New I-140 Rules Took Effect on Tuesday 1/17/17

As part of Obama’s executive action, many employment-based rules were streamlined and improved. Those final rules took effect yesterday. I have not had time to write about the individual issues yet-as there are many great improvements. For now, here a summary from federal register. Clarifications and Policy Improvements First, the final rule largely conforms DHS[…]

Entrepreneur Parole- Final Rule Released- Here are Details!

International Entrepreneurs Rule FINAL RULE – JANUARY 2017 A Simplified Summary by Tahmina Watson  USCIS announced proposed new rules on August 26, 2016 for international entrepreneurs. Comments were sought for a 45-day period.  On Friday January 13th, the final rules were released and will be officially published on Tuesday January 17th 2017.  The rule will[…]

Green Card for Startup Founders Just Became Easier! New Case Law- Matter of Dhansar!

Green Card for Startup Founders Just Became Easier!  New Case Law- Matter of Dhansar! Many of my regular readers will know that we have been anxiously awaiting guidance on a green card option known as National Interest Waiver (NIW). We had been waiting for over two years.  With just weeks left in the Obama administration, which[…]

Tahmina Presenting at SHPE on November 3rd 2016

We are honored to have been invited to present at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SPHE) annual conference on November 3rd.  Topics will cover work visa options in the U.S. including the new STEM OPT rules, H1bs, Entrepreneur parole, DACA and much more.  There will be so much information to discuss, particularly because 2016 has[…]

Work Permission for Abused Spouses of A, G, E-3 and H visa holders: The Details

As an immigration lawyer, I often hear heartbreaking stories of abuse. Abuse of immigrants, visitors, undocumented aliens and many more.  Sometimes there is a solution, but more often than not, there are no solutions.  Those who have never had a solution are spouses of non-immigrant visa holders. Until now! The Obama Administration has issued guidance[…]

Sara O’Brien from CNN Money on Tahmina’s Radio Show 9/13 at 10am PST!

I am thrilled to announce our guest tomorrow! Renowned journalist Sara O’Brien from CNN Money will be joining me on “Immigration with Tahmina” on Desi 1250am on Tuesday 13th September at 10 am PST!  Sara has been a phenomenal voice for immigrant entrepreneurs over the years and it is an absolute honor to have her on[…]

New EB5 Bill Raises Minimum Investment

The EB5 pilot program is up for renewal on September 30th and a new bill was just published today.  I will write more soon. But the immediate headline is that the minimum investment of $500,000 will be increased to $800,000 in this bill. My regular readers will recall last year, Congress had hoped to make[…]