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President Proclaims November 2013 National Entrepreneurship Month!

President Obama proclaimed that November 2013 will be the National Entrepreneurship Month and that November 22 will be National Entrepreneurship Day.  In an official news wire, the White House released news that President Obama’s above proclamation was made on October 31, 2013.  Here is a link to the website.  Below is a copy of the text for easy reference.  It provides a good summary of what the Administration has done thus far to help entrepreneurship/businesses.  I hope this helps towards the argument that a Startup Visa is crucial for the United States.


Presidential Proclamation — National Entrepreneurship Month, 2013

Washington, D.C. (United States) (OFFICIAL WIRE) October 31, 2013


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The entrepreneurial spirit has always been at the heart of our Nation’s story. With inventions that changed American life and startups that lifted our economy as they grew, entrepreneurs helped make our country what it is today. During National Entrepreneurship Month, we celebrate America’s innovators, support small businesses, and empower entrepreneurs to turn their visions into reality.

America is home to a long and storied line of immigrants who sought opportunity on our shores — from entrepreneurs of the industrial revolution to startup founders of the digital age. This June, the Senate passed a commonsense immigration reform bill that would provide startup visas for immigrant entrepreneurs; eliminate backlogs for employment-based visas; and remove visa caps for those with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These principles are consistent with ensuring our country remains a land of opportunity while fostering economic growth and innovation.

For the benefit of our Nation, we must remove undue barriers that would prevent entrepreneurs from venturing out on their own. The Affordable Care Act provides opportunities for those who lack employer-based insurance to obtain quality affordable care. This gives aspiring small business owners and self-employed entrepreneurs the freedom to pursue their ideas and keep their families covered. This year, I signed an Executive Order making Government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs as fuel for innovation and economic growth. Hundreds of companies and nonprofits are using this data to develop new products and services. They are creating jobs of the future in national priority industries such as health, energy, and education. We have also worked to support social entrepreneurship at home and around the world, and in January, my Administration organized the first-ever White House Tech Inclusion Summit — where experts launched initiatives to give more Americans the opportunity to learn vital technology skills.

We continue to build on programs that help entrepreneurs get ahead. Since taking office, I have signed 18 small business tax cuts into law, and, as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, I extended several tax incentives to help small businesses prosper. Under last year’s Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, the American people will soon be able to use regulated crowdfunding websites to invest in promising startups, social enterprises, and small businesses. The White House Startup America initiative remains dedicated to cutting red tape and accelerating innovation from the lab to the marketplace. Entrepreneurs across the country are receiving vital information about Federal Government services at and are competing to solve important national problems at

To promote entrepreneurship throughout the world, I have called on the international community to increase transparency and accountability while rooting out corruption, and in 2010, my Administration organized the first annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit. During this year’s summit, the State Department announced its partnership to help double the impact of UP Global — an organization dedicated to providing entrepreneurs at home and abroad with the resources, skills, and connections to thrive. Finally, we will soon announce the inaugural members of the President’s Committee on Global Entrepreneurship, a group of some of America’s most successful entrepreneurs who will commit to mentoring the next generation.

Our Nation is strongest when we broaden entrepreneurial opportunity, when more of us can test our ideas in the global marketplace, and when the best innovations can rise to the top. We all have a role to play — from colleges and universities that cultivate hubs of innovation, to large companies that collaborate with small businesses, to foundations that support both social enterprises and high-impact startups seeking to solve the grand challenges of our time. As we observe this month and celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, let us come together and help aspiring entrepreneurs take a chance on themselves and their visions for a brighter future.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2013 as National Entrepreneurship Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 22, 2013, as National Entrepreneurs’ Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


Tahmina quoted and referenced in study by Competitive Enterprise Institute!

Startup Act Blog picThe Competitive Enterprise Insitute based in Washington DC released a study titled “America Still Needs a True Entrepreneurship Visa” authored by David Bier.  The study discusses the need for a visa for immigrant entrepreneurs.  It also analyses the Invest Visa provisions as laid out in the Senate bill (S.744) and the Entrepreneur Visa provisions in the SKILLs Visa Act.  We are very proud and honored that reference was made to our articles and work authored by Tahmina Watson (make sure you check out the footnotes!).  We are also honored that Tahmina was quoted several times.  Thank you David Bier and CEI for the honor.

Our regular readers will know that Watson Immigration Law is passionate about the Startup Visa Act and has been a strong advocate on the issue.  We commend CEI for taking the time to prepare such an important study.

We want to remind our readers that all shortcomings of the Invest Visa provisions were addresses by way of an amendment filed by Senator Moran’s office.  Our readers will remember that an amendment was filed after much hard work by Senator Moran’s office, our office, Craig Montuori and Munly Leong, founders of  The amendment, though filed, was not heard before the Senate passed the bill.   Our efforts are ongoing nevertheless and we hope in due course we can formally address the  shortcomings again.  Here is our previous blogpost as a reminder of those events.  

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. Our mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics. We make the uncompromising case for economic freedom because we believe it is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and prosperity to flourish (copied from their website).  You can read more about CEI here or visit

Tahmina to Speak on Startup Visa/EB6 visa at ‘Invest in America’ Conference in Miami

It is with great honor that I accept an invitation to speak about the potential EB6 visa at a conference organized by the Minority Chambers of Commerce Miami. The conference will be held in Miami, Florida on August 2nd, 2013.  I am honored to have beeen invited alongside some eminent and distinguished personalities in the field of immigration law and investment visas. Thank you Minority Chambers of Commerce of Miami.

Preliminary Agenda- Invest in America

Preliminary Agenda- Invest in America


See our update from this event! 

Senator Moran Files Amendments To The Invest Visa Provisions For Senate Floor (Startup Act/X-visa/EB6)

Senator Moran has been a champion and advocate for jump starting the economy through the Startup Visa Act. He introduced the Startup Act in past years and has worked relentlessly to make it a reality.  As we have seen, the Startup Visa Act provisions were included in the broader bill for comprehensive immigration reform.  Now called Invest Visa, Senator Moran promised to improve the provisions.  On May 22, 2013, he spoke at the Senate about his intention to file such amendments. See video below. True to his word, Senator Moran and his hardworking office, filed the amendments today.

Watson Immigration Law is proud to have had the extreme privilege to assist the Senator’s office with these amendments. We are grateful to have had the opportunity.  I thank Senator Moran and his very able to staff for taking the initiative and for their dedication to this issue. Now the waiting begins for the debate and counting votes! Please call your Senator’s office and ask them to vote yes to these amendments!

Invest Visa/Entrepreneur Visa Chart (Startup Visa, EB6, X-visa)

The newly proposed Invest Visa, formerly known as the Startup Visa, creates two new visa categories: X-visa and EB6 visa.  Here is a visual aid to understanding it better. In my opinion, this is an important and commendable addition to the bill.  See today’s Wall Street Journal article on the topic.

Here is a chart I created to help summarize the provisions. So many people have asked me about this that the chart should give a good easy overview of the new visas.  I still believe some amendments are necessary.  More to come on that in the next few weeks, stay tuned! We would love to hear from you if you have thoughts about the Invest Visa.  In addition, if you want to support these provisions, then please email me.  We would love to hear from you.

CIR invest visa chart FINAL

Startup Visa Act (Invest Visa) workshop a success!

On Monday May 13, 2013, our Startup Law Talk workshop was on the Startup Act/Invest Visa provisions. We had a good turn out and a really lively discussion!! Members of the local startup community joined us to learn about the provisions and discuss the details. I learned more about the business of being a startup. I also learned more about investors investing in a startup. We had a couple of important guests join us on Google Hangout for a short while.  Thank you Craig Montouri and Munly Leong from for joining us!   Thank you also to everyone who attended, for showing your support and sharing your thoughts and opinions.

startuplawtalk workshop may 13, 2013

Startup Law Talk Workshop

Stuck on H1b, F1 or Other Visa? Want Your Own Startup? Newly Proposed Startup Act (Invest Visa) May help! Come Learn More!

A bill for Comprehensive Immigration reform “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” was released two weeks ago.  The bill specifically addresses provisions for the Startup Act that many of us have been waiting for.  Named the “Invest Visa”, the provision seeks to provide visas for immigrant entrepreneurs starting companies in the US. If you feel stuck on your H1b, F1 or other visa but are desperate to have your own startup, the Invest Visa (Startup Visa Act) will create that path for you. 

Please come and learn about the provisions, discuss the details and make suggestions to improve the provisions so that YOU can benefit from it.  We hope to have some subject-matter experts join us to discuss the bill too. Here are some links:

1. Summary of provisions:

2. Analysis:

This is a very exciting time in immigration law and for high-skilled immigrants.  Please come and participate in a discussion that could potentially shape these provisions! Your input is crucial!

Monday May 13, 2013. Networking starts at 5:30, workshop from 6:00 to 7:30 PST. 

You can join us on Google Hangout if you cannot join in person! 

Workshop fee is $10:00 for non-Eastside Incubator members.


Eastside Incubator
2711 152nd Ave NE – Building 6
Redmond, 98052

We will look forward to seeing you there.


Tahmina quoted in The Seattle Times & Society for Human Resource Management News

It was a busy day for being quoted in the news:

First:  The Seattle Times published an important story about the difficulties of not having work permission as an H-4 visa holder.  If you hold an H4 visa, or know anyone else on an H4 visa, this is the time to call your Senators. Comprehensive immigration reform bill will only allow work authorization to H4s in certain circumstances, majority of H4s will NOT get work permission. There is still time to change the bill, so call your Senators and get your voices heard! Here is a link to the story.

Second:  Tahmina was also quoted in the news section of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) about the Invest Visa provisions.  Here is a link to the article:  SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.

StartUpLawTalk Workshop: Invest Visa Provisions- Come Discuss!

Calling all immigrant entrepreneurs! Come discuss the Invest Visa (Startup Visa Act) provisions! See below.


May 13,2013 –     Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

A bill for Comprehensive Immigration reform “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” was released two weeks ago.  The bill specifically addresses provisions for the Startup Act that many of us have been waiting for.  Named the “Invest Visa”, the provision seeks to provide visas for immigrant entrepreneurs starting companies in the US.

Please come and learn about the provisions, discuss the details and make suggestions to improve the provisions so that YOU can benefit from it.  We hope to have some subject-matter experts join us to discuss the bill too. Here is a summary of the provisions.

This is a very exciting time in immigration law and for high-skilled immigrants.  Please come and participate in a discussion that could potentially shape these provisions! Your input is crucial!

Networking starts at 5:30, workshop from 6:00 to 7:30.

We will have online participation through Google Hangout, so join us from wherever you are!

We will look forward to seeing you there!

Location: Eastside Incubator, 2711 152nd Ave NE – Building 6, Redmond, 98052


Obama shares vision for comprehensive immigration reform!

What a speech by our President! I have goosebumps as I write this post. I am emotional and optimistic. For the first time in my immigration career, I feel like there is real hope for immigration reform.

Today, Tuesday January 29th 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada, President Obama spoke to a hall full of thousands of people about his visions of immigration reform.  I loved that he said if Congress takes too long to decide, he will send them a bill to approve.  His conviction makes me believe he WILL make comprehensive immigration reform a reality.

His vision is three fold:

1. Smarter Enforcement: He wants to ensure employers use e-verify to employ legal workers only. They will face repercussions if they employ people without work authorization. (Does this mean he will make e-verify mandatory? Let’s wait to see).

2. Pathway to Citizenship:  He said that the 11 million people living in the US illegally must have a clear path to citizenship but they will need to earn it.  They must have a background check, pay taxes, pay a penalty and get in the back of the line behind people who are legally here to get citizenship.

3. Legal Immigration: He said he wants to bring our legal immigration system to the 21st century.   He gave the example of long delays in bringing family members of citizens.  He specifically mentioned students and entrepreneurs (always music to my ears!).  He wants to bring foreign entrepreneurs who have backing of American businesses to create jobs.

He is confident that the people and the government can do something about this if they have the resolve, and believes the comprehensive immigration reform is at a moment where it is within our grasp. But he warns that “the closer we get, the more emotional it will get”.

He reminded people that when such debates start, it becomes “us” and “them.  But he also reminded people that most of  “us” used to be “them”. He reminded people that “unless you are Native American, you came from somewhere else. Somebody brought you”. He continued to remind people of all the previous generations and groups that came to the US- the Irish, the Germans, the Scandinavians etc.  He said the the huddle masses arrived at Ellis Island or at Angel Island.  “All those folks -before they were us, they were them”.  He reminded people that each set of immigrants faced hardship from all those that were here. But over time, they did their part to build a nation, whose actions made what America is today.  He reminded us that these people were bound not by blood or birth, but allegiance to the US and the next generation of immigrants “can write the next chapter to our story”.

Mr. President gave the example of Alan- a deferred action approved person who attended the conference in person- who is now studying to become a doctor who hopes to join the air force to build a better life for himself and family all he wants is the opportunity to build a better America. The President wants this for all young people.

He continued to warn people that in the coming weeks, as the idea of reform becomes more real and the debates become more heated- and folks who are tyring to make this come apart, to remember this is not just a debate about policy- its about people, men, women, young people who want nothing more to earn their way

I am very encouraged and excited about this speech and cannot wait to see what is yet to come.  I am particularly elated to hear that he has addressed entrepreneurs and wants to retain the talented people I see on a regular basis. In his word, he wants the US to be “welcoming everyone who aspires to do something more”.

Thank you Mr. President for raising the hopes of a nation that so desperately needs immigration reform. We stand beside you!



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