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  • This article links to and details the requirements issued by the USCIS for qualifying for a deferred work permit under the DREAM Act.  The article sets expectations regarding the time frame this will take to become final and points out what a...

    June 17, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • President Obama's recent immigration policy announcement was big news in the Presidential election cycle.  This article praises the announcement and shares the release from the AILA which details the eligibility requirements to take advantage of...

    June 17, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article contains more bad news for applicants for American visas; this bad news involves the availability of H1b visas.  Specifically, the USCIS has recently announced that they have reached their cap for H1b visa applications for fiscal...

    June 14, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • In light of the recent USCIS announcement of sharp worldwide EB2 retrogression, this article wonders what happens to both individual would-be visa applicants and the U.S. immigration system as a whole.  The article points to the need for...

    June 14, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article heralds the opening of the E2 investment visa to Israeli investors.  It notes the requirements for eligibility to apply for an E2 visa, explains why Israeli investors were previously ineligible and highlights the type of impact this...

    June 13, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article provides an update on the legislative positioning behind Congress's deliberation of the Start-Up Act 2.0 by sharing a press release from the office of one of the sponsors, Senator Moran.  It explains how the visa liberalization...

    June 13, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • In this article, the most recent visa bulletin from the Department of State is parsed and the most relevant dates, figures and other information are presented.  Most importantly, this visa bulletin points to significant retrogression in the...

    June 12, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article echoes an alert from the USCIS about H1B visas shortly reaching their cap for fiscal year 2013.  The article estimates that within the next couple of weeks, the USCIS will cease issuance of any new H1B visas for that fiscal year,...

    June 9, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • As this article points out, the immigration liberalization provisions contained in the Start-Up Act 2.0 would merely serve to help America catch up to the rest of the world.  The article highlights similar visa programs around the globe (with a...

    May 29, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article shares and comments on an editorial regarding the Start-Up Act 2.0, recently introduced in Congress, by the four Senators (two from each major party) who introduced the bill.  The article expresses optimism about the effects of the...

    May 28, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article calls attention to a recent notice issued by the USCIS regarding delays in issuing I-129 receipt notices.  It provides a copy of the USCIS's announcement of the delays and details what actions I-129 filers should plan on taking on...

    May 25, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article details an extremely important change in procedure recently announced by the USCIS regarding people determined ineligible for certain visas.  The change in question allows such people to request (via mail) waivers of certain grounds...

    May 23, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article heralds and supports the introduction of the Start-Up Act 2.0 in Congress, calling it a bill which can help our economy push forward on the road to recovery.  The article also shares reports from various news outlets on the...

    May 23, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article heralds the introduction of a new bill in Congress called the Start-Up Act 2.0.  The article highlights the sponsors of this bill and details some of the potentially dramatic changes to America's immigration laws which are a part of...

    May 22, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • In this article, the most recent visa bulletin from the Department of State is parsed and the most relevant dates, figures and other information are presented.  This visa bulletin contained special information on priority dates for Mexico, the...

    May 11, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article calls attention to a recent press release by the USCIS team charged with implementing the Entrepreneur in Residence program.  The press release in question announced the staffing of the program; this staff will work to make it...

    April 15, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • In this article, the most recent visa bulletin from the Department of State is parsed and the most relevant dates, figures and other information are presented.  Among this information is a statement from the Department of State about...

    April 7, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • A recent article shared predictions about the contents of the USCIS's upcoming visa bulletin, and this article reveals that two of these predictions are now certainties.  The predictions in question concern EB-2 visas for would-be...

    April 5, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • The May 2012 visa bulletin will be forthcoming from the USCIS in the next handful of days; however, in light of a recent publication by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, this article attempts a prediction of the most important dates...

    April 4, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article calls attention to the upcoming possibility (or perhaps even likelihood) of retrogression in the priority dates for EB-2 visas for residents of mainland China and India.  As the article indicates, such retrogression appears to be...

    March 19, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article highlights relevant information from the United States Department of State's January 2012 visa bulletin.  The article examines the various date advancement (and, in a handful of cases, lack of advancement) and looks forward to next...

    March 12, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • Same-sex marriage is one of the hottest-button issues in current American politics.  Immigration, similarly, is a divisive issue.  As this article explains, the two are actually connected due to the role of marriage in immigration law; this...

    March 2, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article provides a brief summary of the launch of the "Entrepreneur in Residence" program, a new initiative sponsored by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  The article reviews the remarks of the various speakers, and...

    February 24, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • One commonly discussed but not yet implemented measure to address America's unemployment problem is to lure highly-skilled, entrepreneurial immigrants to this country with a special visa targeted to such people.  As this article highlights, the...

    February 10, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article highlights relevant information from the United States Department of State's March 2012 visa bulletin.  The article highlights the changes to the most commonly inquired-about categories, and calls attention to additional relevant...

    February 8, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article reviews various initiatives coming from the federal government in the wake of President Obama's recent announcements regarding Start-Up America.  The initiatives profiled by this article come from the Department of Homeland Security...

    February 1, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • Immigration changes have been a hot-button political topic in this country for much of its history.  2012 is no different.  This article highlights some of President Obama's policy statements on immigration from the 2012 State of the Union...

    January 25, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article reports the results of a meeting at the USCIS about various immigration issues.  The issues discussed at this meeting involve the filing rate of visa applications, staffing at the USCIS, the future of the EB5 visa program, and...

    January 23, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • The February 2012 visa bulletin from the United States Department of State saw a full year's advancement in EB2 visas for India.  This article, however, calls attention to further information from that same State Department bulletin, which...

    January 11, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article highlights relevant information from the United States Department of State's February 2012 visa bulletin.  The article highlights the changes to the most commonly inquired-about categories, and calls attention to additional relevant...

    January 7, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article details a change in the procedures of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  The change relates to spouses, children, and parents of US citizens who entered the country illegally; whereas prior to this change, they...

    January 7, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • Immigration (and illegal immigration) have been hot-button topics in America's political discourse, both throughout its history and, as this article highlights, in 2011.  Although many restrictive immigration laws were passed by states and the...

    January 3, 2012 | Tahmina Watson

  • There are many pending and proposed pieces of legislation which purport to address the unemployment issues and general economic malaise by creating a more favorable environment for startups.  This article reviews a Wall Street Journal article...

    December 20, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article calls attention to a new Senate bill designed to attract job-creating immigrants to the United States.  The article contrasts this effort to a prior attempt to create a similar bill, and otherwise provides context for the new effort...

    December 15, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article highlights relevant information from the United States Department of State's January 2012 visa bulletin.  The article highlights the changes to the most commonly inquired-about categories, and calls attention to additional relevant...

    December 11, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article highlights a recent development in the legislative process concerning the Fairness for High-Skilled Imigrants Act (HR 3012).  As the article explains, the Act has recently hit a roadblock in the Senate, as Chuck Grassley is pushing...

    December 7, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article calls attention to the House's approval of the Fairness for Highly Skilled Immigrants Act, an important reform to America's immigration laws.  The article explains that the Fairness for Highly Skilled Immigrants Act aims to reduce...

    December 1, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article repeats a notice from the United States Citizen and Immigration Service ("USCIS") regarding the statutory cap for H1b visa applications.  According to the article, the USCIS has recently announced that it has reached its cap for...

    November 24, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

  • The proposed housing investment visa has attracted quite a bit of notice; foreign nationals interested in coming to the United States have been asking for legislation along those lines for quite some time.  This article reviews the contours of...

    October 26, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

  • This article follows the news surrounding the proposed new visa for house buyers in the US.  It notes how such a change to immigration policy could help the broader economy as it tries to regain its footing.  The article also compares this...

    October 23, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

  • The subprime financial crisis of 2008-09 and the ensuing economic doldrums have left our housing sector weak, which in turn slows the economy further.  This article reviews an attempt to use immigration policy to address this problem, as a...

    October 22, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

  • The November, 2011 Visa Bulletin contained key information regarding timelines for various visas, as well as certain information pertinent to visa applicants from specific countries.  This article presents the information from that bulletin most...

    October 6, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

  • Tahmina Watson presents the most important information from a recent visa bulletin in this article. - Summary by FizzLaw Team

    September 10, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

  • On August 2, 2011, the USCIS announced new policy that would allow entrepreneurs access to green cards. One of the options is to apply for a National Interest Waiver under the employment-based second preference.  This article briefly explains...

    August 9, 2011 | Tahmina Watson

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