Mili Metz is excited to introduce you to the first guest on Ask an American: Immigrant Edition--Tahmina Watson--an incredible immigration attorney in Seattle, WA.
Tahmina is a frequent speaker, blogger, author and host of Tahmina Talks Immigration, a talk show that used to air on Desi 1250am in Seattle and is currently a podcast on Apple Podcasts. She advises organizations and non-profit organizations on immigration policy issues, sometimes even law and policymakers. She is an Adjunct Fellow at The Niskanen Center, a Washington DC-based think tank, where she advises on immigration policy issues.
Tahmina often provides free legal advice at local legal clinics. She is an active volunteer for Chaya, a Seattle based non-profit organization that assists battered South Asian women. She speaks, reads, writes (and sings when playing her harmonium) Bengali fluently; she also gets by with conversational Hindi and Urdu.
She has launched a highly relevant non-profit WIDEN: www.widenlaw.org
Host John Khosravi's Interview and Discussion with Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer Tahmina Watson (http://www.immigrationlawyersinseattl...) Founder of Watson Immigration Law and Author of: "The Startup Visa: Key to Job Growth and Economic Prosperity in America". To learn more about the Immigration Lawyers Podcast, please visit www.ImmigrationsLawyersPodcast.com Show Notes: 00:00 Overview of the Podcast 01:55 Background (Education and Family) of Tahmina Watson 04:00 About Barristers v. Solicitors in the British Legal System 04:45 Pupillage (Apprenticeship) Position and Practicing Law in Great Britain 11:12 Why she came to the U.S. 12:15 Being able to practice in U.S. States 15:22 Personal Immigration experience 17:50 Getting started in Immigration Law 19:43 Her Blog (marketing/book) 20:20 Newspaper articles 20:43 Memberships in groups and Bar Associations 21:45 Social Media presence/Blog 24:00 Areas of Immigration Law she practices 25:00 Advocacy for "Start Up Visas" 26:20 Types of Visa categories she enjoys 27:05 Example of problem she has faced (example of USCIS OPT/H-1B Cap error that she fixed) 32:44 How she started her book 38:25 Publishing 44:05 Upcoming U.S. elections & future Immigration Policy 51:00 Practice Management 53:45 Office Quality Control (software: INS Zoom and calendars such as outlook and wall calendars) 55:32 Books recommended (Nutshell on Immigration & Kurzban) 57:45 AILA Membership (using mentors) 1:00:40 How her week looks like / Balancing Personal & Business Life 1:06:43 Asylum Timelines 1:07:10 Discussion on the future of EB-5 Immigrant Investor program
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