SMA Immigration Law Firm

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 Firm, 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 Firm, 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

U.S. Embassies and Consulates—Duties and Powers

By | 2016-05-27T01:14:07+00:00 May 27th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Firm, US Immigration News|

{4:20 minutes to read} The U.S. currently has 294 physical embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions across the world. In addition to assisting U.S. citizens and U.S. green card holders abroad, these posts also adjudicate visa applications as well as final adjudications of immigrant visa petitions and waivers (legal pardons) for previous deportations/removals and criminal infractions.

States’ Rights vs. Federal Rights

By | 2016-04-27T20:03:40+00:00 April 27th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Firm, US Immigration News|

{4:22 minutes to read} If a new Supreme Court Justice isn’t appointed while President Obama remains in office, his DAPA plan might not come to fruition. In November 2014, President Obama announced his Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents, known as DAPA. He also announced the extension of the DACA program—Deferred

Top 5 Myths About Immigrants

By | 2016-03-02T15:03:50+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Firm, US Immigration News|

https://youtu.be/i0fXTg1vtOI?list=PLKi-fQbduX4iUJQee_IJF03j7qnwHdvy8 {6:54 minutes to read} In the current political environment, candidates, the media, and the pundits have thrown around a lot of myths regarding immigration and the negative impact the influx of foreign nationals may have on the U.S.  Here are 5 of the principle myths and the facts that disprove them. Myth 1: The

2016 – Update on EB-5 Investor Program

By | 2016-01-07T19:32:12+00:00 January 7th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Firm, US Immigration News|

https://youtu.be/jLK2WNg1SvE?list=PLKi-fQbduX4iUJQee_IJF03j7qnwHdvy8     {3:42 minutes to read} Congress just extended the Regional Center Program. The only change in the law is an extension of the effective date for the program through September 30, 2016. Why is this significant? — All indications are that this is the last window for investments at the $500,000 level. Before