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In this episode that aired on 4.4.17, we talk about H1b issues.
In this episode of Immigration, we discuss the importance of immigration with critically acclaimed journalist Emily Parkhurst, Editor in Chief, Puget Sound Business Journal.
In this episode, Tahmina talks with Washington State Second District Congressman Rick Larson. Congressman Larson offers much insight into immigration issues that we may see from a new administration in the new year. A huge thank you to Congressman Larson for taking the time to be on my show. It was an honor! Here is our blog post on the appearance: http://immigrationlawyersinseattle.com/2016/11/28/congressman-rick-larsen-tahminas-show-desi-1250am-112916/
In this episode that aired on 10/18/16, renowned Bangladeshi actor and director Tauquir Ahmed joins us on the phone all the way from Bangladesh. His award winning and Oscar nominated film Unnamed screened at the Seattle South Asian Film Festival 2016 this very night. Tauquir discussed why the movie is important to bringing awareness to poor working conditions in the Middle East for Bangladeshi citizens.
In this episode that aired on 11/1/2016, we have our very first panel discussion on Election and Immigration. Alex Stonehill, co-founder and editor of The Seattle Globalist and Joaquin Uy, communications specialist for the City of Seattle's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs joined me. We talk about the effect of immigrants on this election and the election on immigration matters. We also talk about why local elections matter for immigration issues too. The show was broadcast live on Facebook on our Watson Immigration Law page. Here is a link. http://immigrationlawyersinseattle.com/2016/11/01/video-recording-election-special-radio-show-alex-stonehill-joaquin-uy-november-1st-10am-pst-desi-1250am/
In this episode that aired on 10/11/16, we talk with Kiran Dhillon, Festival Director of the Seattle South Asian Film Festival 2016 held by Tasveer. Kiran shares her own immigration story with us before talking about the films that will screen at the festival. Here is the blogpost for this episode: http://immigrationlawyersinseattle.com/2016/10/10/festival-director-tasveer-ssaff-kiran-dhillon-tahminas-radio-show-101116-10am-pst/
In this episode of Immigration with Tahmina which aired on May 31, 2016, I chat with the amazing advocate Rashi Bhatnagar who discusses her efforts on work authorization for H4 visa holders. Learn about her, her efforts, the outcome and much more!
In this episode, aired on May 24th, we discuss immigration news updates.
Seattle City Councilwoman Lorena Gonzalez has made a huge impact on immigrant lives in the time she has been serving on the council. Recently, she was able to help pass a bill for an immigrant legal defense fund in Seattle. A true accomplishment. She joins Tahmina Talks Immigration to discuss the legal defense funds and more. Here is the blogpost about her appearance: http://immigrationlawyersinseattle.com/2017/06/12/seattle-city-councilwoman-lorena-gonzalez-tahmina-talks-immigration-june-13th-10am-pst/
In this episode, our "famous immigrant(s)' are Procter and Gamble. Learn the history of the brand. Our news update is about the Seattle Office of Immigrants and Refugees Affair mention in a White House report released today, the City of Seattle's adoption of a resolution to protect the Muslim community and also reports of social media investigations that will become part of visa processing; and finally our guest is a wonderful tax lawyer Ruby Banipal of DLA Piper. She gives us a brief summary of tax issues to watch out for if you are a temporary worker in the US or a legal permanent resident or a US citizen. Hope you enjoy!
On "Immigration with Tahmina Watson" on Desi1250AM on 11.24.15, we discussed the following news updates: Visa Waiver Program security enhancements and S. 2266: H–1B and L–1 Visa Reform Act of 2015 a new bill that will create restrictions on H1b and L1 visas. We also had a wonderful guest- Author and Columnist Ruchika Tulshyan. Bellevue, She discussed her personal experience on a H4 visa and the difficulties people have with visa restrictions. She also discussed her new book The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In The Workplace (Forbes 2015). I hope you will enjoy this interview!
In this episode, we interview Katrina Ji who is the Artistic Director of Culture Shakti Dance Company & Rajasthani Gypsy Caravan. We discuss her work and P3 visas for dancers and musicians. Katrina has appeared on several TV programs in India & the USA in addition to podcasts and magazines. She has performed with some of the worlds most famous dancers! Katrina Ji tours internationally with Rajasthani Gypsy Caravan and teaches Bollywood Dance at her studio, Culture Shakti in Seattle in addition to a variety of public and private schools. She specializes in Bollywood, Rajasthani Folk Dance & ATS® Belly Dance.
Are you an international student hoping to take your next career steps here in the US after graduation? Tahmina answers live questions about OPT, H-1Bs and the latest changes to US immigration and visa policy.
In this episode which aired on May 23rd 2017, Tahmina talks immigration with Seattle Councilman Tim Burgess who helped pass a bill for an immigration legal defense fund. The fund will help those who are caught up in the immigration system particularly in view of the new administration's actions. CM Burgess shares incredible insights from his long career. A huge thank you to CM Burgess for joining me on the show.
This is an introductory show on Radio Punjab. Given the show is broadcast live in Seattle and Kent, WA and three cities in California, Tahmina introduces herself, her practice areas and recent immigration issues causing concern to the South Asian community.
On our latest episode, we chat with Noah Purcell, Washington state Solicitor General. He argued the very first travel ban case and won a stay against the executive order. We chat about the travel ban and some of the other immigration cases Noah and the WA Attorney General's office has been fighting in the last couple of years. The impact of his work is truly profound! Noah is exploring the option to run for WA Attorney General in the future. You can learn more here- https://purcellforthepeople.com/. Here is a link to his bio: https://purcellforthepeople.com/about.html __________ Don't forget to give us 5 stars on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts so others can find us. Thanks for listening!
In this episode, Tahmina Talks Immigration with the Producer Chevi Chung and Director Ellen peters as well as one of the actors Nicole Lockett (who is also Senior Paralegal and Office Manager at Watson Immigration Law) of a play called Sincerely America. If in Washington State, we hope you will watch the play! Tickets can be purchased at www.sincerelyamerica.bpt.me. Listen to this podcast to learn more! Sincerely, America is inspired by the immigrant experience in an effort to create empathy and understanding for each other by reaching into the past to see the history of our community. The first play of the production, American Dreams, a play by Linda Britt and directed by Ellen Peters, focuses on the immigrant experience in the U.S., an experience which varies widely depending on country of origin, race, religion, age, and location allowing the characters to focus on the aspect of their story that is most meaningful to them. The second play of the production, The Art of Remembering, a play by Adina L. Ruskin and directed by Chevi Chung, shows three actors embodying different facets of a young woman who returns home to bury her father. While there, she cleans out her closet and with each object she discovers, she touches on the stories of her ancestors that are as diverse as a feisty Polish-Jewish émigré taking America by storm, an Argentine who stands against his country's repression, and a woman who witnesses the fall of the Berlin Wall. Together, Sincerely, America reminds us of the beauty of life and the importance of our past. Director Ellen Peters has earned a B.A. in theatre and psychology from Bates College in Maine and an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. She has also studied improvisational comedy. Ellen has performed on stage and screen with professional and community productions and has directed and taught at community theatres in Maine and in Washington, D.C., all prior to her move to Tacoma in 2011. While in Maine, she served on the LA Arts Board and the Lewiston Auburn Public Theatre (AEA) Board. As Chair of the Education Committee, Ellen spearheaded a school liaison program, which engaged a more diverse audience. Since moving to Washington state, Ellen has served on the Board of Tacoma Little Theatre and acted and/or directed with Tacoma Little Theatre, Dukesbay Productions, Toy Boat Theatre, and Found Space Productions. She has become increasingly interested in the impact of theatre on the audience and the larger community and focuses her interests on scripts which prompt discussion and educate and challenge. Ellen is delighted to be a part of the Tacoma arts community and is an administrator at the University of Puget Sound. Producer Chevy Chung: Chevi Chung is the visionary behind Empathos Company and a theatre artist currently based in Tacoma. She has worked in London, Los Angeles, and Seattle. She holds an MA in Acting from the Guildford School of Acting, pursued her undergraduate theatre studies at the University of La Verne, and earned a BA in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. Chevi is energized by stories about People of Color, women, and history. Actor Nicole Lockett: Nicole is the Senior Paralegal and Office Manager of Watson Immigration Law. She received her Associate of Applied Sciences in Paralegal Studies from Highline Community College in 2010. She holds an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis on Performance Arts, English, and Anthropology from Green River Community College, where she graduated with honors and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Among her many talents, she has a passion for the arts and animals! She is an enthusiastic and avid actor who performs regularly at local community theatres. Multi-talented Nicole is additionally a semi-professional choreographer in the Puget Sound Area
In this first show of 2017, we introduce our brand new Facebook page "Immigration with Tahmina Radio Show". We also discuss a new case that revamps the laws for national interest waivers. This particular law will help entrepreneurs receive green cards easier than before.
Immigration & guidance on pre-January steps to protect status by Tahmina Watson
In this episode of #ImmigrationwithTahmina, I answer a question from a British citizen who emailed me from the UK. The question was " After Brexit, I'm considering my options for living in another country. What are my options to move the US?" My response includes all the options from temporary long visits to permanent residency. These options will apply to most people trying to move to the US.
In this episode, my guest is renowned immigration attorney Robert Pauw. We discuss one of the most interesting immigration cases of 2015- Mehta vs. DOS, aka, #VisaGate2015. This interview was also recorded on Facebook Live- here is a link: https://www.facebook.com/Watson-Immigration-Law-36327429955/
In this episode, we chat with #GoodMuslimBadMuslim's Taz Ahmed about why immigrant and minority rights are important in the community and why she became an activist. Tanzila ‘Taz’ Ahmed, co-host of #GoodMuslimBadMuslim! Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. An electoral organizer by trade, she’s mobilized thousands of Asian American & Pacific Islanders to the polls in over seventeen different languages in the past fifteen years at various non-profit organizations, starting with founding South Asian American Voting Youth in 2004. She currently is a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18MillionRising. In 2016, Taz was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. She is cohost of The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast that has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Wired, and Buzzfeed as well as live shows recorded at South by Southwest and the White House. An avid essayist, she had a monthly column called Radical Love, was a blogger for Sepia Mutiny, has written for Truthout, The Aerogram, The Nation, Left Turn Magazine, and more. She is published in forthcoming anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors (2016) and poetry collection Coiled Serpent (2016) and was published in the anthology Love, Inshallah (2012). Her third poetry chapbook Emdash and Ellipses was published in early 2016. Taz curates Desi music at Mishthi Music where she co-produced Beats for Bangladesh and she annually makes #MuslimVDay Cards. Her artwork was featured in the shows Sharia Revoiced (2015), in Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s “H-1B” (2015), and Rebel Legacy: Activist Art from South Asian California (2014).
On this week's Tahmina Talks Immigration Radio Show I talked with Brad Feld, entrepreneur, author, blogger, & venture capitalist at Foundry Group! He discussed the work that led up to the pending International Entrepreneurial Rule & Startup Visa. We also chatted about how allowing non-citizens to start business in the United States is beneficial to the U.S. economy & much more! Here is the blog post about the show- hope you enjoy! http://immigrationlawyersinseattle.com/2017/06/26/brad-feld-renowned-entrepreneur-tahminas-show-june-27th-10am-desi-1250am/
ACLU WA's newest immigration policy guru Enoka Herat joined us on 6.20.17 to talk about immigration and law enforcement, FBI interrogations and much more. This is an invaluable discussion to learn what to do if the FBI approaches you. Here is the post on Enoka's appearance: http://immigrationlawyersinseattle.com/2017/06/19/enoka-herat-aclu-wa-tahmina-talks-immigration-june-20th-10am-desi-1250am/
On this episode, Tahmina Talks with Dr. Joseph Castleberry who shares insights from his book "The New Pilgrims". He discusses how immigrants are contributing to religious growth in America. Here is a link to our blogpost on this show: http://immigrationlawyersinseattle.com/2017/06/05/dr-joseph-castleberry-tahmina-talks-immigration-tuesday-june-6th-2017-desi-1250am/
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Oct 31st, 2015
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