Tahmina Shares Thoughts on the H1b Executive Order ‘Buy American Hire American”

The recently signed executive order ” Buy American Hire American” is putting the H1b visa program under the spot light.  I had the honor of speaking with a number of news outlets regarding the executive order and H1bs. Here are some of the links. CNN Money Xconomy Hartford Business Vivere Milano In addition, Tahmina made guest appearances with local[…]

Seattle Mayor Announces Lawsuit Against New Administration

Today on March 29th 2017, our very own Mayor of the City of Seattle, Ed Murray, announced that the city filed a lawsuit against the new administration. Earlier this week, Attorney General Sessions made threats about withholding federal funding from sanctuary cities. The lawsuit argues that withholding funding is against the law. I was very[…]

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. […]