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Can Your Business Investment Bring You to the United States?

By | 2017-05-15T15:53:41+00:00 May 15th, 2017|E-2 Visa Attorney, H-1B Visa Attorney, L-1 Visa Attorney, O-1 Visa Attorney, SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News, US Visas|

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 that have treaties with the US to set up businesses in the US. Those businesses can be franchises or operations

The H-1B Visa under Trump

By | 2017-02-21T14:34:23+00:00 February 21st, 2017|H-1B Visa Attorney, H1B Visa, SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi|

President Donald J. Trump recently announced plans to issue an executive order which would change the way the H-1B visa is used by U.S. employers. The “specialty occupation” visa is essentially used by U.S. employers to hire foreign nationals to occupy professional positions that generally require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent

Building the Mexican Wall and Why It Won’t Solve America’s Illegal Immigration Problem

By | 2017-01-30T16:53:35+00:00 January 30th, 2017|america immigration, SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, US Immigration News|

Building the Mexican Wall  and Why It Won't Solve America's Illegal Immigration Problem One of the hot topics in the U.S. presidential campaigns was what should be done with America's illegal/undocumented immigrants, and President Trump repeatedly promised that a wall would be built between Mexico and the U.S. Before Trump, both Presidents George W. Bush

The Trump Administration and the Effect on the E-2/E-1 Treaty Investor/Trader Visas

By | 2017-01-04T09:54:21+00:00 January 4th, 2017|america immigration, E-2 Visa Attorney, EB-5 Visa, H-1B Visa Attorney, L-1 Visa Attorney, O-1 Visa Attorney, SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, Steve Maggi, US Immigration News, US Visas|

Since 1815, the U.S. has been signing bilateral treaties, including the E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor treaties, with other countries, that are ratified by Congress which allow citizens from other countries to get visas based on the establishment of businesses in the U.S. Essentially individuals from many of those 80 countries are eligible

Looking Forward to the Trump Era: U.S. Immigration

By | 2016-12-13T07:15:01+00:00 December 13th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News|

Part I: The Future of Investor Visas Trump Bay Street development in Jersey City, New Jersey, a project of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is supposedly using $50 million from EB-5 investors. Why is this relevant? It signals that Mr. Trump is a proponent of foreign investment in the U.S. and that even his

Time to File Visa Petitions is Now: Fees Going up December 23rd

By | 2016-11-23T00:18:40+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|america immigration, SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News|

{2 minutes to read} For the first time in many years, applicants will need to pay substantially higher fees for certain visa petitions. The fees are set to increase on December 23, 2016. If you file anytime before that date, you will only have to pay the current, less expensive fees. All documents submitted with

H-1B Transfer Season is in Full Swing!

By | 2016-11-21T13:10:29+00:00 November 21st, 2016|H-1B Visa Attorney, SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News, US Visas|

{2:25 minutes to read}  What is H-1B transfer season? An H-1B visa is the type of visa used by companies to hire people for professional positions. Each year, USCIS starts to accept H-1B petitions on April 1st. There's a cap of 65,000 visas for non-US Master degree holders, and then 20,000 additional for US Master

Hiring Foreign Workers Means Proving Your Ability To Pay Them The Prevailing Wage

By | 2016-09-13T20:34:23+00:00 September 13th, 2016|E-2 Visa Attorney, H-1B Visa Attorney, L-1 Visa Attorney, O-1 Visa Attorney, SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News, US Visas|

E-2 Visa Attorney – H-1B Visa Attorney. Employers sponsoring foreign workers for green card employment must show that they have the ability to pay the new worker’s wages. When hiring through the EB-2 or EB-3 visa categories, employers must present all proposed job duties and minimum requirements for the position, and the Department of Labor

Preconceived Intent: A Red Flag that Could Curtail Your Path to Immigration

By | 2016-08-12T12:50:53+00:00 August 12th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, US Immigration News|

{3:20 minutes to read} When an individual has entered the US on a non-immigrant visa, and during their stay applies for another visa—either another non-immigrant or an immigrant visa through family sponsorship—US customs, border and immigration authorities look back to the date of entry for potential “preconceived intent.” Preconceived intent is inferred by US officials

Are You Eligible for a Visa Under the Petty Offense Exception?

By | 2016-07-25T16:13:26+00:00 July 25th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, US Immigration News|

{3:30 minutes to read} When people apply for visas at US embassies and consulates around the world, the embassy or consulate adjudicates based on: 1. whether the applicant meets the criteria for the specific visa for which the applicant is applying; and, 2. the legal admissibility of the individual applying. A visa applicant could have