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Tahmina Appears As Guest on The Aman Magazine Podcast

  It was a pleasure to appear as a guest on The Aman Magazine Podcast hosted by Amani Sams. We talked about immigration and Covid19, and much more including my upcoming book! Hope you will enjoy this episode. Thank you Aman Sams, Editor-in-Chief and CEO for inviting me on your show!

Tahmina appears as guest on Activate your IELTS Podcast Re. Student Visas

,   It was a delight to appear on Kristin Espinar’s podcast Activate Your IELTS Podcast discussing student visas issues.  Covid19 has affected all visa categories of course. But with the school year starting up, international students have faced unique problems. Hope you will find this episode useful and feel free to share! Here is[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

USCIS announced today that they are once again extending their flexibility in responding to agency requests, expanding on their previous announcement from back at the end of March. The flexibility now applies to any RFEs, NOIDs, NOIRs, etc. received between March 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, and extends the response deadline an additional 60 days[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce

After months of uncertainty, USCIS confirmed today that, for the time being, it has managed to avoid furloughing nearly 70% of its workforce, at least through the remainder of this fiscal year (so through September 30th). While this is welcome news in the short term, the announcement also comes with warnings that the agency had[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

September 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The September 2020 Visa Bulletin was released yesterday. Nothing major to report this month as they was very little (if any) movement in most categories. However, this is not entirely unexpected as September is the last month of the fiscal year and most visa numbers are used up by then. We should expect to see[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

Breaking: I-944 Public Charge Forms- On Again

In this on-again, off-again legal battle regarding ‘public charge’, we’re in the on-again state of affairs I’m afraid. Today, the federal court in the Second circuit lifted the nationwide injunction and allowed the injunction to remain only in New York, Connecticut and Vermont. If you do not live in one of those states, you must[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

DOS updates National Interest Exceptions on Various Visa Bans

Copied from the Department of State website: National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations (10014 & 10052) Suspending the Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Presenting a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Last Updated: August 12, 2020   On June 22, the President signed Presidential[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

Breaking: USCIS Fee Increase Set to Take Effect on October 2, 2020

USCIS published final rules for fee increases today.  It will be published officially in the Federal Register on Monday, August 3rd and will take effect 60 days later (October 2, 2020). It is possible that litigation could follow. Here is our previously published post on the new USCIS fee schedule, including starting a fee for asylum applications.[…]