Employment-Based Immigration Category

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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State of the Union Speech #SOTU Touches on Immigration

The White House released the entire State of the Union speech on Medium.com.  https://medium.com/@WhiteHouse/president-obamas-state-of-the-union-address-remarks-as-prepared-for-delivery-55f9825449b2. See below.   President Obama’s State of the Union Address — Remarks As Prepared for Delivery There is a ritual on State of the Union night in Washington. A little before the address, the White House sends out an embargoed copy of the […]

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Startup Act 2015- Introduced Today!

Today, Sen. Moran (R-Kansas) together with 5 other Senators introduced the most recent version of the bipartisan bill Startup Act creating a new visa category for startup founders and STEM degree holders. It follows the introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act 2015, also a bipartisan bill addressing H1b and high-skilled immigration. Below is the press release from […]

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Immigration Executive Action- How to Improve Current Laws- Share Your Thoughts With DHS!

The Department of H0meland Security wants to hear from you about how you think the immigration system can be modernized.  A notice was placed on the Federal Register yesterday, December 30th 2014, stating that public comments can be made until January 29th 2015. I will be writing to share my thoughts. As my regular readers […]

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Executive Action for Entrepreneurs- Almost A Startup Visa

There will be several measures for immigrant entrepreneurs and details will emerge soon.  However, this is a significant development – this is a new program using the parole authority.   Entrepreneurs will be allowed into the US under the ‘significant public benefit’ parole authority to the following types of people who would otherwise not qualify […]

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