Tahmina Watson, Speaker, Author, and Blogger (Immigration Law)

Tahmina is a staunch advocate for immigration reform with a particular focus on advocating for the Startup Visa.

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 and since has been practicing exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization law in Seattle, Washington.   While her practice includes family and employment-based immigration, she has a strong focus on immigrant entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

Tahmina is a frequent speaker, author, and blogger on immigration law matters. She is regularly quoted and published in various newspapers and magazines, including Forbes, CNN, Bloomberg and The Seattle Times to name a few. Her blog, Watson Immigration Law Blog, has gained significant reputation over the years.

Tahmina is the author of The Startup Visa: Key to Job Growth & Economic Prosperity in America and host of “Tahmina Talks Immigration” — a talk show/podcast on Seattle’s only South Asian radio station Radio Punjab.

She is a staunch advocate for immigration reform with a particular focus on advocating for the Startup visa. She often works with non-profit organizations on policy matters.

Tahmina is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is often published in AILA publications. She is Co-chair of the AILA-WA Response committee, a new committed she helped create as a result of the new Administration.  She is the past Co-chair of “AILA WA Parents,” committee, which she also helped create.   She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Bar in England & Wales, and various minority bar associations.

She proudly served as the 2009-2010 President of the King County Washington Women Lawyers (KCWWL).  She served on the board of Washington Women Lawyers from 2008-2010.  In past years, Tahmina also served on the board of the Asian Bar Association of Washington. 

Currently, she is a member of the Diversity Advisory Committee of Mercer Island School District, member of the board of Point Hope —  a charitable organization assisting children both in Ghana and the United States, Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Global Entrepreneur in Residence Coalition and Advocacy Consultant to the feature film “For Here or To Go?” — a movie that advocates for high-skilled immigration reform and a Startup Visa.

While juggling her practice, Tahmina is mummy to two little adorable girls who are seven and five years old.  

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:

  • Immigration and innovation together are part of the American story. From the tobacco fields of Jamestown to tech labs of Silicon Valley, immigrants with fresh ideas and a strong drive to succeed have forged businesses and industries, creating good, solid American jobs.
  • Increasingly, the U.S. is making it difficult for foreign entrepreneurs to put their innovations to work here. While American universities welcome the world’s best and brightest — sometimes even at taxpayer expense — Congress has failed repeatedly to create the critically needed path to allow them to startup new businesses.
  • Other countries recognize something the U.S. has failed to: that immigration has to be part of their economic growth strategy. And they are capitalizing on it. Yet America remains the Holy Grail for Startups, boasting diversity, eager investors, and political stability.

This book is for policy makers and policy watchers, employers and those who eventually could be, immigrants and advocates and foreign workers and bright young men and women from Albania to India to Vietnam brimming with cutting edge ideas that could one day change the world.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:

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 and since has been practicing exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization law in Seattle, Washington. While her practice includes family and employment-based immigration, she has a strong focus on immigrant entrepreneurs and start-up companies.


Website:

immigrationlawyersinseattle.com

Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

Tahmina is a frequent speaker, author, and blogger on immigration law matters. She is regularly quoted and published in various newspapers and magazines, including Forbes, CNN, Bloomberg and The Seattle Times to name a few. Her blog, Watson Immigration Law, Blog has gained significant reputation over the years.

Tahmina is also the author of The Startup Visa: Key to Job Growth & Economic Prosperity in America; and host of “Tahmina Talks Immigration” — a talk show/podcast on Seattle’s only South Asian radio station Radio Punjab.

Presentation Audience:

College

Adult

Experience:

Less than 5 appearances

Location:

Washington

Willing to travel

Book Type:

Educational

Adult Non-Fiction

Topics:

Business/Entrepreneurs

Immigration/Immigration Law

Politics/Government

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