Tahmina’s Speech at Tasveer’s Vigil for Slain Immigrant Srinivas Kuchibhotla

Today, Sunday March 5th 2017, Tasveer, under the leadership of its Executive Director Rita Meher, organized a vigil that was part of a world wide memorial for the Kansas city slain immigrant Srinivas Kuchibhotla. It was a bitterly cold afternoon yet about 200 people turned up to have their voices heard. Local leaders and government officials[…]

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[…]

News Update: DHS Suspends Ban, DOS Reverses Visa Recovation & SeaTac Airport Back to Normal

What a whirlwind of a week! On Friday 2/3/17 Our very own Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the Administration and won a temporary restraining order (TRO)  that is applicable nationwide. On Saturday morning (2/4/17), the Department of Homeland Security suspended the ban and sent an email through USCIS also.  The Department of State simultaneously[…]

Executive Order on High-Skilled Immigration- Tahmina’s Summary

With three executive orders signed on immigration, we have at least three more to go, that we are aware of. The draft executive orders were leaked through Vox last week. One of them is about making high-skilled work visas restrictive. Here is the draft EO. Below is my summary. Which visas and programs are affected[…]

Tahmina Speaks at Seattle’s Immigration Rally

It has been a heartbreaking and challenging few days. Last week was full of chaos, confusion and trying to understand the magnitude of the executive orders, advising officials and clients on the impact, attending meetings and press conferences.  That was topped on Friday that saw global havoc with travel bans from 7 countries to the US. […]

Manar Waheed, Former White House Immigration Dep. Director on Tahmina’s Show

I am so very honored and grateful to announce that Manar Waheed, Former Deputy Policy Director for Immigration at the White House will be appear on my radio show “Immigration with Tahmina” on Desi 1250am on Tuesday January 31st 2017 at 10am PST! Manar worked tirelessly over the last few years in the Obama Administration creating policies that helped millions of people but are now[…]

Breaking: Immediate suspension of visas from certain countries and suspension of refugees

Breaking: The president signed another executive order today that immediately SUSPENDS all visas, including immigrant and non-immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.  The suspension is for 90 days. Regarding refugees who have been vetting already or are in the process, will be admitted after 120 days from today. And ALL refugees[…]

Trump Freezes Immigration Regulations Including Entrepreneur Parole

On the first of being president, Trump ordered a freeze on all new regulations.  Here is a copy of the order issued from the White House. The order states, in pertinent part, the following: ” With respect to regulations that have been published in the OFR but have not taken effect, as permitted by applicable[…]