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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

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

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

5 Things to DO When Renewing an L-1 Visa

By | 2016-06-14T17:23:06+00:00 June 14th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, US Immigration News|

{4:23 minutes to read} The L1 visa is also called the Intra-Company Transfer. It is designed for multi-national companies to use in two contexts: — Foreign companies that recently set up a US subsidiary or branch office in the US (the most common type) — Existing US companies with foreign subsidiaries or branches that need

U.S. Embassies and Consulates—Duties and Powers

By | 2016-05-27T01:14:07+00:00 May 27th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, 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.

2016 – Update on EB-5 Investor Program

By | 2016-01-07T19:32:12+00:00 January 7th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, 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

Immigration reform AFFECTS US ALL. Here’s how.

By | 2014-11-25T18:18:34+00:00 November 25th, 2014|SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, US Immigration News|

“We were strangers once too.” These 5 words not only stirred deep emotions in the millions of people watching President Obama announce immigration reform last week, but also reminded us of this nation’s roots and the common thread that we all share: We are a nation of immigrants, children, grandchildren, descendants of people from all