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Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards

Occasionally, USCIS does things that are helpful (something we will hopefully see more of with the new incoming administration). Today, USCIS announced that, beginning this month, they will replace the sticker currently used to extend LPR status to greencard holders with a revised Form I-797 Notice of Action. This appears to be similar to the[…]

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DACA Content Update on USCIS Website

After the protracted court battles concerning DACA, the dust seems to have finally settled somewhat. The Trump administration was dealt a severe blow earlier last summer when the Supreme Court ruled that the DACA program had not been properly rescinded, and ordered USCIS to continue accepting new and renewal DACA applications. DHS/USCIS, in essence, initially[…]

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January 2021 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The January 2021 Visa Bulletin was released last week shortly before Christmas. No major changes to note for the upcoming month except that USCIS has indicated that the Final Action Dates chart is to be used this month by applicants filing for their employment-based greencards.   Commentary:   January 2021   For all countries except India, China, Philippines,[…]

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Ninth Circuit Upholds Partial Injunctions on USCIS Public Charge Rule

The seemingly never-ending public charge saga continues, with the pendulum swinging the other direction. Public charge is now “off” again, at least in the states of CA, DC, ME, OR, PA, and WA. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit partially upheld two District Court injunctions on the public charge rule, declining to make the injunctions applicable nationwide[…]

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BREAKING: District Court Sets Aside DHS and DOL H-1B Wage Rules

A collective sigh of relief from the immigration law community, particularly business immigration practitioners, as a California U.S. District Court judge slapped down both the DHS H-1B rule and the DOL wage level rule, finding that both rules had been promulgated in violation of the APA and that the government “failed to show there was[…]

Tahmina Named One of the 2020 Women of Influence by Puget Sound Business Journal

It is an incredible honor to be named one of the 2020 Women of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal.  Among the awardees are former Chief Carmon Best, Zabrina Jenkins- Starbucks and others. Here is a full list of the names of the 2020 awardees as well as previous awardees.  It was an additional[…]

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December 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The December 2020 Visa Bulletin was released earlier this afternoon/evening. No major changes to note other than the date for filing for EB3 India retrogressing a full year, likely as a result of the significant amount of downgrade filings from the EB2 India category. The EB1 China and EB1 India categories continue to see fairly[…]

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Breaking: DACA Suspension Invalidated by Judge on Saturday Nov. 14th

Breaking news: Today a federal judge in New York invalidated the suspension of new DACA applications.  This is such good news!  Never has an administration had the audacity to defy a Supreme Court order. Yet, the Trump administration went that far.  Below is a copy of the NBC article which you can find here: If[…]