Tahmina Quoted in CNBC re. H1B Visas

On April 9th, reporter Ellen Sheng wrote an in-depth report published by CNBC about the current immigration restrictions affecting the retention of talent in Sillicon Valley. It was an honor to be quoted alongside Vivek Wadhwa, author of The Immigrant Exodus who also wrote the foreword of my book.  Thank you Ellen for interviewing me[…]

Read Tahmina’s H-1B Article Published in the King County Bar Bulletin on April 1st

H1b visas have come under intense scrutiny by this administration. Read my article “The Fast-Changing Landscape of H-1B Visas” published in the King County Bar Bulletin April 1, 2018 edition.  It is the first time KCBA has published my writing- I am excited and proud. Readers and listeners may recall my recent blog post that[…]

Breaking: Last Minute Blow to H-1Bs- Memo Regarding Matter of S-Inc. (Multiple H1b Applications for Same Beneficiary)

Today, the day before we will file H1b applications for the lottery, USCIS presents us with a brand-new memo that will likely add to the 2018 adjudication chaos. The memo is based on the case of Matter of S-Inc which was reopened by USCIS on January 11, 2018 for the ‘purpose of making revisions’- presumably[…]

Breaking: Premium Processing Will Be Suspended for Cap-H1bs ONLY until September 10, 2018

A few moments ago, USCIS released a notice that premium processing will be suspended for H1b cap cases for both regular and Master’s cases. The suspension is expected until September 10th 2018.  The suspension will not apply to other types of H1b filings such as transfers or extensions (thank goodness- last year was tough with[…]

Tahmina’s top 6 points about the new H1b policy memo regarding third party sites

On February 23rd, 2018, USCIS released a new memo titled “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites”.  In this memo, USCIS creates new and onerous policy guidance about H1b adjudications.  Here are some of my thoughts about the memo: While the memo targets employers who place H1b workers at ‘third party worksites’[…]

April 2018 Visa Bulletin with Commentary

The April 2018 Visa Bulletin was recently released. Most notably, EB-1 China and India will retrogress on April 1st. EB-2 and EB-3 China and EB-3 India also saw significant forward movement. April 2018 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date advances 40 days to 1 May 2016, F2B preference advances[…]

More Problems On The Horizon For H1b Visas

As the H1b lottery season approaches, the USCIS issued a new policy memo last night.  Below is the email from USCIS.  I will write about the details of the memo shortly but in essence, it is going to rise to more RFEs and denials.  Stay tuned. From USCIS: WASHINGTON—The H-1B visa program generally allows a[…]

March 2018 Visa Bulletin

The March 2018 visa bulletin was recently released. Most notably, EB-5 Regional Center visas are again available through March 23, 2018 following a continuing resolution. There was also good movement forward in the F-2B category as well as the EB-2 and EB-3 China categories. March 2018 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A[…]