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USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Clarifying How Federal Controlled Substances Law Applies to Naturalization Determinations

USCIS announced recently the issuance of policy guidance clarifying that violations of federal controlled substances laws are generally a bar to establishing good moral character, an essential prong for naturalization applications. This applies even in states that have decriminalized and/or legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana under relevant state laws.   Copied from USCIS:   USCIS[…]

Premium Processing Begins for Certain Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions on May 20

The USCIS published the below notice re. H1B Premium Process service today.  Good luck to those filing H1b applications! – Tahmina ___________ On May 20, USCIS will begin premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitioners requesting a change of status on their Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Petitioners who do not file[…]

The White House Comes to Seattle- To Talk #WelcomingCitizens

June 10th 2016 was a special day in Seattle.  It was the day the White House came to Seattle! Two key immigration policy staff members from the White House visited Seattle to hold a “White House Regional Convening” at City Hall together with the city’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.  Ms. Felicia Escobar, Special Assistant to[…]

Tahmina chats with Seattle Deputy Mayor Kim on Desi 1250am radio

In this episode of #ImmigrationWithTahmina on Desi1250am radio, I talk with the Deputy Mayor of Seattle Hyeok Kim. She discusses the reasons immigration is important to the City of Seattle and the current Administration, the current programs of the City for immigrants and refugees and the upcoming Flag Day to be held on June 14th[…]

On Today’s “Immigration with Tahmina” radio show – we talk Citizenship Day!!

We are honored to have announce today’s guest Mallori Thompson, Program Associate of Washington New Americans, One America! Mallori will talk about the upcoming Citizenship Day program to be held on April 23rd. This invaluable service to Washingtonians is unmissable for those who need free legal help for applying for US citizenship! Indeed this is[…]

Isaac Brock Society Quotes Tahmina

I came across an article on the Isaac Brock Society website yesterday. Titled “Breaking story: U.S. immigration lawyer actually understands how and why people renounce U.S. citizenship”, the article discusses our recent article about giving up US citizenship. I am so honored and grateful to have been quoted and held in such high esteem!  Thank[…]

Tahmina’s article published in AILA New Members Division Newsletter

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is THE bar association for anyone practicing immigration law in the United States. In my opinion, the support and assistance from AILA is unparalleled by any other such organization. The New Members Division of AILA has a publication.  We are proud to say that in the January edition, our[…]

The Plight of Renouncing United States Citizenship within the U.S.

It is not often I meet a person who wants to renounce United States citizenship, at least within the U.S. People generally renounce citizenship outside the U.S. where they can attend an embassy.  United States embassies have designated departments handling such matters regularly. Recently, I was sitting at my desk when a call came in. […]