Episode 4: Interview w/ Tahmina Watson, Esq.

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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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About Tahmina Watson, Esq.


Tahmina Watson obtained her law degree and graduated from Brunel University, London, England in 2000. After completing her pupillage (apprenticeship) from Bridewell Chambers in London in 2004, Tahmina continued as a practicing barrister, handling mainly criminal defense matters, before relocating to the United States in 2005. She continues to be affiliated with Temple Court Chambers in London as a Door Tenant.

Tahmina was admitted to the New York Bar in 2006. Prior to founding Watson Immigration Law, Tahmina was a partner at White & Watson from July 2006 to December 2008 practising exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization law.  Before that, Tahmina externed with His Honor Judge Ricardo Martinez at the District Court of Western Washington in downtown Seattle.   She also interned for multiple terms at the Northwest Women’s Law Center (now known as Legal Voice).

Tahmina is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Bar in England & Wales, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), The International Bar Association, The American Bar Association, King County Washington Women Lawyers, Asian Bar Association of Washington and the South Asian Bar Association of Washington.

Tahmina's book can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Her interview with Forbes Magazine is here.

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