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Tahmina Watson Visa Bulletin

September 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The September 2019 Visa Bulletin was released last week, bringing further retrogression in many employment-based preference categories. Most significantly, EB1 India is currently unavailable, meaning that visas are not authorized for anyone under this category regardless of priority date. Moreover, we have received breaking news that, despite the dates listed on this visa bulletin, the[…]

Tahmina Watson & Noah Purcell

Tahmina Talks Immigration with WA Solicitor-General Noah Purcell Who Argued The First Travel Ban Case

It was an honor to interview Washington State’s fearless Solicitor-General Noah Purcell who argued the first travel ban lawsuit and won! Noah discusses the events leading up to the lawsuit and the aftermath, as well many of the other immigration actions he has taken on behalf of the WA Attorney General’s office. Listen to our[…]

Breaking: USCIS Announcement of Final Public Charge Rules

Copied from USCIS:   Regulation promotes self-sufficiency and immigrant success Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule that clearly defines long-standing law to better ensure that aliens seeking to enter and remain in the United States — either temporarily or permanently — are self-sufficient and rely on their own capabilities and the[…]

Tahmina Watson Visa Bulletin

USCIS to Publish Final Rule Revising EB-5 Regulations

Tomorrow, 7/24/2019, USCIS and DHS will publish the final rule revising EB-5 regulations. Among other changes, the most significant are that the minimum investment amount has been increased from $500k to $900k (although less than the $1.3M that was initially rumored), the standard investment amount has been increased from $1M to $1.8M, and a mechanism[…]

Tahmina Watson Sincerely America

Tahmina Talks Immigration with team of Sincerely America, a play telling immigrant stories.

Dear readers, listeners and viewers, here is our latest podcast! Hope you will listen and share widely.  Sincerely America is a play about immigrant stories in today’s America. More information about the play can be found at www.sincerelyamerica.bpt.me   We are so proud to say that our very own Nicole Lockett will be acting in[…]

Tahmina Watson Visa Bulletin

USCIS Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test

USCIS announced today that it is revising the current naturalization test which, among other things, tests applicant’s knowledge of civics and U.S. history, government, and constitutional values. Earlier this spring, former USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna issued a memorandum instructing USCIS to revise and update the test, and also formalized a decennial (every 10 years) revision[…]

Tahmina Watson Visa Bulletin

DHS and DOJ Publish New Asylum Rules

Today, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice published an interim final rule regarding asylum eligibility. The rule, among other things, establishes a mandatory bar for asylum eligibility for individuals who pass through a third country and then enter or attempt to enter the United States via the southern border, without having[…]