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Specialists in U.S. Immigration and Consular Law

SMA is a specialized U.S. immigration and consular law boutique firm based in New York, founded by Steve Maggi, Esq. a Georgetown University Law Center graduate and former associate at the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. After several years working in international corporate and finance practice, Mr. Maggi decided to start SMA Law Firm, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a specialized focus on U.S. immigration and consular law. Over the course of eight years in the Buenos Aires office, SMA prepared petitions processed at U.S. consulates in South America and around the world, including investor visas, tourist and business visas, while simultaneously handling all employment-based visas and green cards for its U.S.-based clients. The consular practice included the sub-specialty of waivers, which help lift legal bars to entry to the U.S. SMA has represented clients at approximately 50 U.S. embassies. In 2011, Mr. Maggi set up the New York office of SMA, which he currently manages, to maximize SMA’s ability to help individuals and companies worldwide with their version of the American dream. SMA works with franchises and service-oriented businesses in order to create investment opportunities to foreign nationals obtain investor visas and EB-5 green cards, and assisting foreign companies who want to expand their businesses into the U.S. and send management and specialized personnel to undertake those expansions. As a former immigrant and a naturalized U.S. citizen, Mr. Maggi understands the legal immigration processes on both a personal and professional level, and has the experience and know-how to assist clients both in the U.S. and abroad.

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Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Immigration Act of 1990 created a type of immigrant visa that would be available to those non-Americans who are able to invest $1 million in a business

Investors, Employment, Family

in the US provided that the business would employ at least 10 full time American workers, excluding the investor and his or her family members and others who may be in the US on non-immigrant visas such as an H-1B.

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Non Immigrant Visas

The H-1B category is designed for skilled professionals in a specialty occupation to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis, usually for up to six consecutive years.

Business, Artist, Skilled Workers and More

The alien must possess at least a bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent, or an equivalent combination of post-secondary education and experience.

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Deportation Representation

SMA handles immigration cases in U.S. federal court, assisting clients with complex deportation defense...

Removal Proceedings

…due to criminal or immigration problems, with the goal of helping those already located in the U.S. to remain in the U.S., and in many cases, allowing families to stay together.

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What Our Clients Say

“Steve is attentive, efficient and reliable. When I got busy and slow to respond, he stayed on top of me ensuring that we met all deadlines. He went above and beyond and really simplified what is a very complicated process. My #1 recommendation.”

LUCAS • H-1B NON IMMIGRANT VISA

“I highly recommend Steve Maggi and SMA Law Firm. Steve helped me to obtain my E-2 Visa under time pressure and complicated circumstances. His guidance, support and experience were of paramount importance to get positive results in a relative short period of time. Steve is not only a great and knowledgable Law professional, but also a great person who really cares about his clients.”

RUBEN AYALA: • E-2 INVESTOR VISA

“My husband and I worked with SMA on an adjustment of status case for a green card and also employment authorization. He was thorough, efficient and professional, and we received the green card in record time following our interview. We would highly recommend them for anyone seeking help with immigration cases. A+”

MICHELLE MANCHIR • GREEN CARD/ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

“Really professional services. Every detail is taken care of, minimum work on customer side. All messages I left were ALWAYS answered. I never left a message or sent a mail without receiving a feedback within the day. Highly recommendable.What else could you ask for? Highly recommendable.”

RODOLFO LOPEZ • U.S. CITIZENSHIP

From Our Blog

The changing face of diversity in the US

November 15th, 2017|

The changing face of diversity in the US, based on Immigration Policy Changes by the Trump Administration – “Merit-Based Immigration” The memo titled “Immigration Principles and Policies” was published by the White House last week,

Coming To America Webinar

August 16th, 2017|

Coming to America: Legal and financial planning challenges faced by practitioners when advising immigrant clients Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 2pm ET / 11am PT This webinar will review the legal issues/challenges to becoming a

Can Your Business Investment Bring You to the United States?

May 15th, 2017|

Business owners and investors are using Treaty Investor visa, also known as the  E-2 visa, to set up shop in the US. The E-2 visa allows passport holders from any of the 80 E-2 countries

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