Steve Maggi

Hang On! Tips for Surviving the 2018 H-1B Roller Coaster Ride

By | 2018-03-08T15:09:47+00:00 March 8th, 2018|america immigration, H-1B Visa Attorney, H1B Visa, SMA Immigration Law Firm, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Visas|

The annual roller coaster ride known as the H-1B visa application process is about to go up the hill and come speeding down, with unknown twists and turns coming your way. For the next four weeks, employers are scrambling to decide whether to sponsor foreign nationals for professional positions, American university grads from foreign countries

My view on President Trump’s 4 Pillars of Immigration Reform

By | 2018-02-07T16:03:45+00:00 February 7th, 2018|america immigration, SMA Immigration Law Firm, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News|

At his first State of the Union address, President Trump announced his 4 Pillars of Immigration Reform. The pillars are: Dreamers' Path to Citizenship Securing the Border End of Diversity Lottery End of Chain Migration With any potential immigration reform, there is no perfect package that exists, but the one proposed by President Trump does

The changing face of diversity in the US

By | 2017-11-15T14:01:27+00:00 November 15th, 2017|US Immigration News|

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, and although this document is very vague, it does give us an idea of how the face of future immigrants

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 Firm, 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

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 Firm, 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 Firm, 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 Firm, 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

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