EB-1 Retrogression

As discussed in Friday’s blog post, the EB-1 category will retrogress on August 1st. A note in the visa bulletin stated that this retrogression would be immediate. It does look like this retrogression has already gone into effect and that USCIS’s system is currently not letting officers issue green cards for EB-1 applicants. This just[…]

Breaking: USCIS releases new policy to deny cases without issuing RFE/NOID first

USCIS issued new policy guidance today (copied below) that is very concerning. For most types of cases, USCIS will not issue “requests for further evidence” (RFE) of “notices of intent to deny” (NOID) and will go straight to denial “if the record does not establish eligibility”.  This policy will apply to most visa categories whether[…]

Tahmina interviewed on The Swell Collective podcast- Ask An American Immigrant

I had the distinct honor of appearing on the podcast Ask An American Immigrant hosted by the wonderful Mili Metz of The Swell Collective. We discuss my immigrant journey to America, to becoming a lawyer, to my advocacy as well as the challenges of being a busy working mother. I make an important announcement also[…]

More NTA News

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) released the below statement concerning yesterday’s new NTA guidance. The press release can be found below. Copied from AILA’s website: New USCIS Policy Will Needlessly Push Thousands More Cases into the Deportation Machinery Friday, July 06, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – On July 5, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)[…]

USCIS Expands Notice to Appear Power

USCIS issued updated guidance today that expanded the types of cases in which they can issue Notices to Appear (NTAs). NTAs commence removal proceedings. More information is available below. Copied from USCIS’s website: USCIS Updates Notice to Appear Policy Guidance to Support DHS Enforcement Priorities WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued updated guidance (PDF, 139[…]

Additional Visa Bulletin Notes

Every month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Department of State Liaison Committee checks in with Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the Department of State. This month’s check-in included information about retrogression in employment-based immigrant categories in future visa bulletins. In particular, there is a chance that EB-1 China[…]

I-751 and I-829 Update

USCIS recently issued a couple of announcements concerning I-751s, petitions to remove conditions on residence. I-751s have recently become extremely backlogged. They now require an interview and take anywhere from 1-3 years to be adjudicated, with most now being adjudicated 13-20 months after filing. Previously, conditional green card holders were only allowed to present their[…]

Tahmina Talks with WA State Senator Manka Dhingra and Candidate Mona Das on Friday June 8th at 10am PST on Radio Punjab!

For my next show on Radio Punjab, I am delighted to announce that I will have two wonderful guests this Friday! Washington State Senator Manka Dhingra and candidate for Washington State Representative Mona Das. Join me live on air on Radio Punjab’s Seattle studio on Friday, June 8th at 10 am PST! Manka Dhingra the Law[…]