Thursday Feb 17, 2022

Expat Pilots Visa requirements to work in the USA with Immigration Lawyer, Author, Blogger , Speaker and Podcaster Tahmina Watson

Welcome to the Wellbeing and Career World Podcast, I  am
delighted to be chatting with the Founder of Watson Immigration Law with expertise in business, investor and family-based immigration. Author and Blogger, regularly quoted and published in the media, Author of the Startup Visa and legal Heroes. Also founded a non-profit called WIDEN to train and mentor lawyers to help detained immigrants. Co-founder of
Airport Lawyer that provided critical help during the travel ban crisis.

On today's podcast, we will be chatting about "What Visas are available to expats pilots wanting to work in the USA"

A very warm Welcome to the podcast Tahmina Watson


Tahmina answers some of the questions asked below during the podcast or answers questions as part of the conversation. The conversation between Tahmina and David discuss a number of airlines throughout the podcast. The Wellbeing and Career World podcast and guest Tahmina Watson have no association with any of the Airlines or Individuals mentioned within those Airlines.


1)I gave a brief introduction about your background, Can you let our
listeners know more about your background? 2) Tahmina, there are so many articles in the news and social media informing of a Pilot shortage in the USA and how airlines are helping expats pilots obtain Visas to work in the USA. Is it so easy what these reports are saying?
3) I want to first ask you about the E3 Visa. There is an article from
Business insider about Australian expat pilots having an opportunity to work for Breeze Airways, that article mentions "Australian pilots will be able to work as Breeze pilots under the E-3 work visa program in a little-used but not unprecedented solution to the pilot shortage. Skilled Australian nationals can apply to legally work in the US and regional airlines including CommutAir and ExpressJet Airlines have used the program to recruit pilots from the country.
"It's an opportunity to give good, hardworking, well-qualified folks jobs who want to live in the US [and] want to be a pilot for a US airline," Owens said. 4) Are there any Visas available to unemployed/ex-pat pilots to gain access to employment in the USA? 5)Are these Visas expensive and what is the time span from application to setting foot in the USA for work?6) If the reported pilot shortage in the USA is fact, then why not
make it easier for expat pilots to obtain a visa from all countries.?
7) What are the first steps do you recommend to a pilot wanting to obtain a visa in the USA?
8) I have some questions sent in from Pilots looking for more
information: Which are the effective operational limits to the NIW EB-2 visa ?Is it possible to obtain any visa without any sponsor?Will my application cost large amounts of money? Is it possible a special unit can be formed by the USA immigration office only for pilots that could help solve the Reported pilot shortage and reported transportation issues . If i get a visa, is it permanent or renewable? If i obtain a visa, can i apply for permanent residency? 9) Is it worth contacting airlines to ask them about possible opportunities for ex-pats? 10) What about the financial status of the pilot, for example: is proof of savings and being able to support oneself criteria of the application? Question 11) Is there anything else I may have missed out which you feel is important to share?
12) Where can listeners find you on social media?


Tahmina and her team have kindly provided the links below ans hope you can find the information you need. If you would like to contact Tahmina:




Please confirm the information below is correct with your Countries USA Embassy

Visa Links:

Visa Types:
● E1 and E2 visa: Treaty Countries (
● H1B FY 2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1 | USCIS
● H3 visa: H-3 Nonimmigrant Trainee or Special Education Exchange Visitor | USCIS
● J visa: Exchange Visitors | USCIS
● L1A visa:

● The Startup Visa Podcast (
● ‎Tahmina Talks Immigration on Apple Podcasts

● The Startup Visa: Key to Job Growth & Economic Prosperity in America: Watson, Tahmina,
Turnbull, Lornet, Feld, Brad: 9781735758534: AmazonSmile: Books
● Legal Heroes in the Trump Era: Be Inspired. Expand Your Impact. Change the World.:
Watson, Tahmina, Stonehill, Alex, Doughty, Caroline: 9781735758503: AmazonSmile:

Watson Immigration Law website: Experienced Seattle Washington Immigration Attorney

● Above the Law
● Entrepreneur Magazine Tahmina Watson - Author Biography (

Blog: Experienced Seattle Washington Immigration Attorney (




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