News Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before December 21, 2018

Some (rare) positive news on the H-1B front. USCIS has announced that they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. This announcement expands upon USCIS’ previous resumption of premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions to include non-cap subject H-1B transfers and extensions (other than continuation[…]

Tahmina’s Thoughts on The I-140- EAD and AC-21 Proposed Regulations

I know many of you have been anxiously waiting for the proposed regulations that were published on the Federal Register today. Since the Executive Action announcements were made in November 2014, today’s proposed regulations were likely one of the most anticipated ones for high-skilled immigration fixes. One of the ‘asks’ that the advocacy groups had[…]

A new year’s gift from USCIS: 140 portability rules and much more

As per President Obama’s executive action announcement of November 2015, a year later, we are presented with the much anticipated policy change rules that will likely make employment-based immigration better in some circumstances. The 181 page proposed rules ( 140eadexecaction fr text dec 30 2015 ) will be published to the Federal Register tomorrow Dec. 31, 2015.[…]

H1b Season Is Here!

The annual H1b application filing window is about to open and like other years, demand is likely to exceed supply.  There are 65,000 visa available for those with Bachelor’s degrees and an additional 20,000 reserved for those with a Master’s degree from a US university. Last year, the government received over 172,500 petitions, practically double[…]

Tahmina Mentioned in CNNMoney

Thank you to CNN and Reporter Sara O’Brian for reporting on an issue that I care so deeply about and mentioning my work. My regular readers will know how strongly I feel about these issues. The article highlights the frustration that I and many of my colleagues face helping startups get visas. Hope this will shed light[…]

Three Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action for Business Immigration

(This article was written a few weeks ago but it is applicable today as it was a few weeks ago).  Three Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action for Business Immigration Immigration reform was declared dead last week.  Yes, dead.  After years of fighting to reform our archaic and broken immigration system, and a successful[…]

Microsoft To Cut 18,000 Jobs: Immigration Status When Laid-Off

On Thursday July 17, 2014, Microsoft made an announcement that 18,000 will be slashed– most by December 2014 and all by June 2015.  While this is a blow to the economy which will see about 1300 job cuts in Washington State. To the 18,000 employees, it is important for anyone with a work visa in[…]

Breaking news: Work permission for H4 visa holders- almost here!

Breaking news: H4 visa holders to get employment authorization and high-skilled immigrant retention proposals!   In the early hours of May 6, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security issued a press release proposing new regulations. Here is a summary: 1. H4 visa holders WILL get work authorization. The conditions will be that their H1b spouses have[…]