Tahmina Out and About and In the Community!

Dear readers, listeners, and viewers:

It has been a busy few months, to say the least.  While I haven’t been able to write much about what I am doing for our clients and the community, it is because the ‘doing’ has left me with little time to write about it.  In the coming months, I will be starting a newsletter because much of the work is varied and more than just the mission of the blog of Watson Immigration Law that I am grateful you read and cherish.  If you are interested in being on our newsletter list, please sign up here.  There is a lot of work that needs to be done- you take your pick- from immigration, education, healthcare, climate change and so much more.  We all need to collaborate. Everyone has at least one skill, and interest in at least one issue. Start putting those into action. The reason for my newsletter is to keep you informed of the community engagement I am involved in and if anything is of interest to you, please join me. Below is a snapshot.

Watson Immigration Law: At our firm, we have been busy. We have a wonderful hard working team working diligently day in and day out. USCIS is increasing scrutiny at every level. Every week it feels like there are new policy changes and memos, it is hard to keep up! There are likely even bigger challenges on the way with the doing away of RFEs (read our previous post on this) and more people being put in removal proceedings. We are keeping an eye on those and advising our clients accordingly.  This year has been particularly busy with the following visas: H1b, L1A, E2, O, EB1, EB5, R, P, citizenship applications, denaturalization inquiries, and many family-based cases. We would love to help you and your friends, all you need to do is contact us.

Radio: I’ve taken a little break from Radio Punjab.  Our last show included WA State Senator Manka Dhingra and WA State Senate candidate Mona Das. While I take a break from radio, I am working on a podcast series with the one and only Alex Stonehill, founder of The Seattle Globalist.  I will blog about this soon, keep an eye out! And definitely download our podcast app from Itunes for Tahmina Talks Immigration so you can get automatic updates!

For Here or To Go?- Movie update: If you are a regular reader, you know about the movie For Here or To Go? that I have supported for several years. It is a wonderful movie about skilled immigrants in the US and the lack of a Startup Visa. I have written about it extensively if you search this blog. I am thrilled to let you know that the movie is now available on Netflix! Hope you will watch it and share it with your friends and family. I would love to hear your feedback!

South Asian PAC: I have helped spearhead the creation of South Asian Political Action Committee (SAPAC) in Washington which launched in June this year. There are three co-founders including me- Dr. Amish Dave and community leader and entrepreneur Jubilee Seth. You can read more about it at www.southasianpac.org and from the Facebook page.  I will write more about this in my newsletter. Please sign up to receive it!

Washington Immigrant Defense Network: After 18 months of research and development, in June this year, I helped create a non-profit organization – Washington Immigrant Defense Network (WIDEN).  You can visit www.widenlaw.org to learn more. If you are a lawyer, please do sign up to volunteer.  If you are a philanthropist, I would like to tell you more! The newsletter will cover updates on this too. Contact me for any and all questions.

Media: I’ve been quoted in various news outlets as well as featured in Yes! Magazine recently. It was such an honor to be included in Yes! Magazine with some eminent leaders. A huge thank you to Lornet Turnbull and Yes! Magazine for including me and my work. In addition, I’ve published several articles for news media and lawyer publications. I’ll post links soon.

In general, I truly believe we all need to do more. My clients’ rights to due process are so important to me- from crazy RFEs to challenging policy changes- they are all alarming.  These changes are affecting everyone- individuals and businesses.  To ensure those rights are protected, we must be engaged in others parts of the ecosystem. Hope you will join me in being more engaged in our communities for the betterment of all of us!

Here are some photos from the last several months. Hope you will enjoy!

Thanks for reading!

Tahmina

 

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