Steve Maggi

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 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

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

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

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.

States’ Rights vs. Federal Rights

By | 2016-04-27T20:03:40+00:00 April 27th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Frim Featured, 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