Attorney Shuchi Sharma-next guest on Tahmina’s radio show

Tahmina Watson Showcard-color-NFWe are honored to announce that our next guest on our radio show on Desi 1250 AM “Immigration with Tahmina Watson” will be renowned and notable Seattle Attorney Suchi Sharma!

Suchi Sharma works for the Legislature as Senior Policy Counsel with the House Democratic Caucus. She advises the caucus on matters related to labor and the judiciary. Suuchi Sharma headshotShe works on issues as diverse as wage theft, collective bargaining, body cameras, and protecting children from gun-related deaths.

Before working for the Legislature, Suchi was Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Labor and Industries, where she guided agency leadership on various legal and policy matters.

Suchi has broad litigation experience as an Assistant Attorney General. She represented the Department before the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, the Washington State Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and superior courts and administrative tribunals.

Suchi worked as a public defender after passing the Bar in 1998.  She graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law in 1998.  Before coming to the United States to attend law school, she attended Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, as a research student in Comparative Sociology and received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Japanese from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.  She was named Rising Star by Washington Law and Politics magazine and has been a fellow at the WSBA Leadership Institute.

Suchi is a notable and inspirational South Asian immigrant who is a longstanding pride of our local South Asian community.  She is in a unique position to help create laws in our state.  She has a passion to help eliminate the gender wage gap.

Tune in to listen to her and learn why she is passionate about the gender wage gap and why it matters to you. Tune in on Tuesday December 1st  at 10 am on Desi 1250 AM! You can listen on your radio or live online! Share your thoughts if you do join us!


Interview recording of Author and Columnist Ruchika Tulshyan

Here is our interview with Ruchika Tulshyan- Author and columnist. Hope you will enjoy! Thank you to Ruchika for joining me on the show.

Author and Columnist Ruchika Tulshyan on Tahmina’s Radio Show on Tuesday 11.24.15

Tahmina Watson Showcard-color-NFWe are honored to announce that our next guest on our radio show on Desi 1250 AM “Immigration with Tahmina Watson” will be renowned author and columnist Ruchika Tulshyan!

Ruchika Tulshyan is the author of The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In The Workplace (Forbes, 2015). She cofounded anRuchika Tulshyan headshot for Tahmina Show investment business in Singapore, before getting back to writing full-time. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time and Bloomberg, among other media. Ruchika has reported from six cities across four countries. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Washington’s Department of Communication and holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia University. Ruchika moved to the U.S. from Singapore in 2012.

Ruchika is a notable and inspirational South Asian immigrant who is a strong voice for social justice issues such as gender equality which includes wage equality, parental leave and much more.  Listen to her presentation at Ignite Seattle discussing hiring women is good for business.

Tune in to listen to her and learn why she is passionate about these issues and how they affect you.

Tune in on Tuesday November 24th at 10 am on Desi 1250 AM! You can listen on your radio or live online! Share your thoughts if you do join us!


Interview Recording of WA State Attorney General Bob Ferguson

A huge thank you to Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for speaking to me about all his tremendous work on immigration issues.  In this episode, in addition to speaking with the Attorney General, in light of Paris events, I wanted to inform people that USCIS  and the Department of State have very strict measures for allowing refugees in the country.  I touch upon the criteria USCIS looks at for admitting refugees in the US which includes a rigorous vetting process. I thank Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for showing courage and leadership in standing up for refugees and the vulnerable at a time when many other of his counterparts are doing the opposite.  We are lucky to be living in a State with great leadership from our Governor and Attorney General!

Thank you again Mr. Attorney General for being on my show!


Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tahmina’s Radio Show Discussing Immigration Law

Tahmina Watson Showcard-color-NFWe are so thrilled and honored to announce that Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be on Tahmina’s radio show on Desi 1250 AM on Tuesday 17th at 10 am.  Attorney General Ferguson has been a leading advocate on immigration issues creating protections for immigrants Statewide as well as leading nationally supporting President Obama’s executive action.

WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Bob Ferguson is Washington’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, he directs 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, Governor and Legislature.

General Ferguson’s ongoing priorities are:

  • Protecting consumers and seniors against fraud by cracking down on powerful interests that don’t play by the rules;
  • Keeping communities safer by supporting law enforcement;
  • Protecting our environment; and
  • Standing up for our veterans by advocating for service men and women and their families.

Bob received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1995. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, where he was student body president. Bob began his legal career in Spokane where he served as a law clerk for Chief Judge W. Fremming Nielsen of the Federal District Court for Eastern Washington. He then clerked for Judge Myron Bright of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Midwest. Ferguson returned to Seattle and joined Preston, Gates, and Ellis (now K&L Gates), one of Washington’s leading law firms.

In 2003, Bob was elected to the King County Council. In 2005, after the council was reduced from 13 to nine and Bob’s district was eliminated, he was re-elected. He was unopposed in 2009.

Bob is a fourth-generation Washingtonian. His family homesteaded on the beautiful Skagit River, which may explain why Bob is such an enthusiastic mountain climber, backpacker, and birder. He has hiked hundreds of miles of Washington trails and climbed many of the state’s highest peaks.

Bob is an internationally-rated chess master. His games have appeared in local, national and international chess publications. Bob has twice won the Washington State Chess Championship.

Bob, his wife Colleen and their 7-year-old twins, Jack and Katie, reside in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of North Seattle.

It is the pride of Washington State that we have such a person leading immigration actions and setting an example for other leaders nationwide.

AG interview pic

Tune in to listen to him and learn why he and his office are taking specific actions on immigration and protecting our community. This is a really important interview to learn how immigration issues affect state law matters (for those you who do not know or are not in the US, immigration is governed by federal laws and not state laws).

Tune in on Tuesday November 17th at 10 am on Desi 1250 AM! You can listen on your radio or live online! Share your thoughts if you do join us!

Interview recording of Dr. Vandana Slatter- Newest Bellevue City Councilwoman

Thank you to newly elected Bellevue City Councilwoman Dr. Vandana Slatter for joining me on radio show “Immigration with Tahmina Watson” on Desi 1250AM on 11.10.2015. We wish you all the best! Tahmina’s radio show is aired every Tuesday at 10am on Desi 1250AM. Hope you will enjoy this interview!

December 2015 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The December 2015 Visa Bulletin was out today. Highlighting that EB2 India moved forward 10 months (for final green card processing).

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category advances 31 days to priority date at 15 June 2014, 22 days movement forward in F2B preference with PD at 22 of March 2009; F4 category advanced 21 days to PD at 22 March 2003; EB2 is current and, and EB3 advances 16 days to PD of 1 September 2015.

For India only: F2A category advances 31 days to priority date at 15 June 2014, 22 days movement forward in F2B preference with PD at 22 of March 2009; F4 category advanced 21 days to PD at 22 March 2003; EB2 advances 1o months and 1 day to PD at 1 June 2007; EB3 progresses by 21 days taking PD to 22 April 2004.

EB5 China-22 Sep 2013 Non-Reginal Center moves 24 days to PD of 15 December 2013, and RC PD is 15 December 2013.

Can file your immigrant applications if PD before:

F2A 01 March 2015; F2B 01 July 2010; F4 01 February 2004 for both All Areas and India (Same as October 2015 )

EB3 All Countries 1 September 2015 (same as October and November non -revised); EB2 India remains at 1 July 2009 (retrogress after revised October bulletin originally at 1 July 2011; EB3 India remains at 1 July 2005.

Note from DOS re. upcoming visa unavailability:


Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR): Pursuant to Section 132 of Public Law 114-53, the non-minister special immigrant program expires on December 11, 2015. No SR visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after midnight December 10, 2015. Visas issued prior to this date will only be issued with a validity date of December 10, 2015, and all individuals seeking admission as a non-minister special immigrant must be admitted (repeat, admitted) into the U.S. no later than midnight December 10, 2015.

Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5): Section 133 of Public Law 114-53 extended this immigrant investor pilot program through December 11, 2015. The I5 and R5 visas may be issued until close of business on December 11, 2015, and may be issued for the full validity period. No I5 or R5 visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after December 11, 2015.

Congress is currently considering an extension of the SR, I5 and R5 visa categories, but there is no certainty when such legislative action may occur. If there is no legislative action extending one of both of these categories, those cut-off dates would immediately become “Unavailable” effective December 12, 2015.

Vandana Slatter- Newly Elected Bellevue Councilwoman to appear on Tahmina’s Radio Show!

Tahmina Watson Desi 1250 AM ShowcardWe are thrilled to announce our next guest will be brand newly elected Bellevue City Councilwoman Vandana Slatter! She will be the first South Asian member when she will be sworn-in in January 2016!  Dr. Vandana Slatter is a community leader, public school parent, and biotech and health professional. We are honored to have her join us on Tahmina’s radio show on Tuesday 10th November at 10am on Desi 1250AM.

She is the Canadian-born daughter of parents who immigrated from India in the 1960s. Vandana was born and raised in northern British Columbia. Her father is a physician who trained in vandana photoCanada and then stayed on to set up a general practice. Vandana and her two sisters grew up in Prince George, a regional center for mining and logging, at a time when there were few South Asian families in the area. She attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in the 1980’s, where she graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences and earned a varsity athletic letter in the sport of fencing, as captain of the Women’s varsity fencing team and BC Junior foil champion. Vandana married her husband Greg in 1988, and immigrated to the United States from Canada to pursue her Doctor of Pharmacy at the UW and he a post-doctoral fellowship in pharmaceutical sciences. They moved to Michigan and later New Jersey for a total of 13 years to pursue their careers and returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2003.

Vandana currently works in Global Scientific Affairs at a leading biotechnology company, Amgen. In her role, she communicates with academic researchers and leading clinicians regarding novel drug treatment for inflammatory disease, osteoporosis and bone health. Over the past twenty-five years, she has worked as a clinical hospital pharmacist and also in various scientific, clinical and business roles for major pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies, including Pharmacia, Pfizer, UCB Pharma, Roche/Genentech and Amgen.
Vandana has a long family history of public service and became interested in US public policy and progressive politics when her son was born in Michigan in 1996 and the newly passed family and medical leave act allowed her to spend more time with her son and still return to her career. She became a naturalized US citizen in 2001. Upon moving back to the Pacific Northwest in 2003, to prepare for service in the public sector, she completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the Evans School at the the University of Washington and served as an MPA Intern to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. After graduating with her MPA, she returned to work in biotech but was appointed to the Washington State Board of Pharmacy (now the Pharmacy Assurance Commission) by Governor Christine Gregoire in 2007. She also served on the Foundation Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington where she advocated for medically accurate health education in schools and access to medicines. She is a past Board member of the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences, a school serving children with special needs. Following her passion to advocate and learn about women’s leadership, she has also served on delegations representing the Pacific NW, with the Center for Women and Democracy, to meet with women leaders in Morocco (2009) and Iceland (2015). Vandana currently serves on the boards of several non-profits including, Overlake Hospital Foundation, Farmer Frog, Global Social Business Partners, and was among the first community leaders trained for service with the City of Bellevue Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). In 2013, she ran for office as a candidate for Bellevue City Council, advancing through the primary, but not prevailing in the November 2013 general election. In her successful 2015 election campaign, she earned the endorsement of many local democratic leaders and progressive organizations representing minorities, the environment, and working families in the Pacific Northwest. Vandana and her husband and son have lived in Northeast Bellevue since 2003. Vandana’s husband of 27 years, Greg, is a research scientist. Their son graduated from high-school last June and proudly serves as a citizen-soldier in the Washington Army National Guard.

Vandana Slatter & Tahmina Watson

Vandana Slatter is a wonderful inspiration to me, to women everywhere but also for the South Asian community in general.  Tune in to hear her talk – we will cover many issues!  She has a wonderful story to share about a legendary leader in India we all know!  Tune in on Tuesday November 10th  at 10 am on Desi 1250 AM! You can listen on your radio or live online! Share your thoughts if you do join us!

Tahmina Speaking at Seattle Interactive 2015 On November 3rd

We are so excited and thrilled to let you know that Tahmina will be speaking at the premier NW conference “Seattle Interactive” #SIC2015 on November 3rd at 10AM.  Her topic will be “Navigating the Immigration Maze in Retaining Talent in a Global Era“.  We are proud and honored to join many eminent leaders in the community! If you are attending, please say hi! Tweet @TahminaWatson.

Tahmina at Seattle Interactive 2015


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