Employment-Based Immigration Category

USCIS received 233,000 H1b visa petitions

Today, USCIS announced that they received 233,000 petitions for fiscal year 2016.  The random selection process will begin soon.  See below copy of USCIS notice. If you have filed a petition, we wish you all the best in ‘winning the lottery’!   U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2015 that it […]

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Tahmina in the news

Here are a couple of articles in which Tahmina’s insight was sought: H1b Visas: India Abroad –March 27 edition page A19 H-4 Visa: The Seattle Times (front page news) April 8, 2015. We hope you will enjoy these articles and please feel free to share your thoughts.

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USCIS Reaches H1b Cap

The USCIS today stated that the agency has received more applications than the quota.  This is certainly not a surprise. Below is a copy of the text from the website.  Good luck to everyone who applied this year. __________ USCIS Reaches FY 2016 H-1B Cap Release Date: April 07, 2015 WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and […]

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CU Boulder Introduces Entrepreneur Program!

After several years of pushing for legislative reform, some startup/investor leaders have turned to alternative methods of fixing the startup visa problem. The Massachusetts Global Entrepreneurship in Residence (GEIR) program was the result. Today, the second state following the Massachusetts model will launch-  Colorado’s CU Boulder.  The University of Colorado Boulder’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, […]

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USCIS Issues New L1B Policy Memo

L1B- Intra company transfer of specialized knowledge employees are cases that have seen disproportionate scrutiny and denials in the past few years.  Yesterday, President Obama announced at the SelectUSA summit in Washington DC that a new L1B memo was imminent.  Today USCIS issued the policy memo.  There will be a comment period until May 2015. […]

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Special Announcement: Coming soon- Tahmina’s Book- The Startup Visa!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: It is with great pride and excitement that I announce the forthcoming publication of my first ever book! “The Startup Visa- Key to Job Growth and Economic Prosperity in America” Foreword written by the one and only Vivek Wadhwa and edited by Lornet Turnbull, preeminent journalist and former immigration reporter at The Seattle […]

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#H4EAD on NPR “All things considered” – and we are too!

Thank you to NPR national for reporting on the H4 work authorization story and for letting me comment on this issue.  You can hear the story at this link.  Thank you NPR and report Liz Jones for discussing this important issue! http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2015/02/25/383845806/when-tech-workers-arrive-on-visa-what-about-their-spouses      

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H-4 Visa Holders to Receive Work Permission Soon. Finally! Seattle Globlist Reports

The Seattle Globalist reported on the significant immigration change to come soon for H-4 visa holders.  At the moment, work permission is not given to this visa category.  However, from May 26th, 2015- USCIS will start accepting applications for work authorization from H-4 visa holders.  It generally takes 90 days for a work authorization to […]

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Breaking News: May 26th 2015- H4 work permit applications can be filed

This morning, USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez announced that USCIS will be accepting work authorization applications from May 26th 2015.  This is most welcome news to almost 100,000 people who will be eligible initially.   The Wall Street Journal was one of the first publications to break the news this morning. Here are the rules as […]

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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 […]

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