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Specialists in U.S. Immigration and Consular Law

SMA is a specialized U.S. immigration and consular law boutique firm based in New York, founded by Steve Maggi, Esq. a Georgetown University Law Center graduate and former associate at the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. After several years working in international corporate and finance practice, Mr. Maggi decided to start SMA Law Firm, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a specialized focus on U.S. immigration and consular law. Over the course of eight years in the Buenos Aires office, SMA prepared petitions processed at U.S. consulates in South America and around the world, including investor visas, tourist and business visas, while simultaneously handling all employment-based visas and green cards for its U.S.-based clients. The consular practice included the sub-specialty of waivers, which help lift legal bars to entry to the U.S. SMA has represented clients at approximately 50 U.S. embassies. In 2011, Mr. Maggi set up the New York office of SMA, which he currently manages, to maximize SMA’s ability to help individuals and companies worldwide with their version of the American dream. SMA works with franchises and service-oriented businesses in order to create investment opportunities to foreign nationals obtain investor visas and EB-5 green cards, and assisting foreign companies who want to expand their businesses into the U.S. and send management and specialized personnel to undertake those expansions. As a former immigrant and a naturalized U.S. citizen, Mr. Maggi understands the legal immigration processes on both a personal and professional level, and has the experience and know-how to assist clients both in the U.S. and abroad.

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Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Immigration Act of 1990 created a type of immigrant visa that would be available to those non-Americans who are able to invest $1 million in a business

Investors, Employment, Family

in the US provided that the business would employ at least 10 full time American workers, excluding the investor and his or her family members and others who may be in the US on non-immigrant visas such as an H-1B.

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Non Immigrant Visas

The H-1B category is designed for skilled professionals in a specialty occupation to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis, usually for up to six consecutive years.

Business, Artist, Skilled Workers and More

The alien must possess at least a bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent, or an equivalent combination of post-secondary education and experience.

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Deportation Representation

SMA handles immigration cases in U.S. federal court, assisting clients with complex deportation defense...

Removal Proceedings

…due to criminal or immigration problems, with the goal of helping those already located in the U.S. to remain in the U.S., and in many cases, allowing families to stay together.

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What Our Clients Say

“Steve is attentive, efficient and reliable. When I got busy and slow to respond, he stayed on top of me ensuring that we met all deadlines. He went above and beyond and really simplified what is a very complicated process. My #1 recommendation.”


“I highly recommend Steve Maggi and SMA Law Firm. Steve helped me to obtain my E-2 Visa under time pressure and complicated circumstances. His guidance, support and experience were of paramount importance to get positive results in a relative short period of time. Steve is not only a great and knowledgable Law professional, but also a great person who really cares about his clients.”


“My husband and I worked with SMA on an adjustment of status case for a green card and also employment authorization. He was thorough, efficient and professional, and we received the green card in record time following our interview. We would highly recommend them for anyone seeking help with immigration cases. A+”


“Really professional services. Every detail is taken care of, minimum work on customer side. All messages I left were ALWAYS answered. I never left a message or sent a mail without receiving a feedback within the day. Highly recommendable.What else could you ask for? Highly recommendable.”


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June 8th, 2020|

As of the end of May 2020, 40 million new Americans have filed for unemployment since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. As part of President Trump’s deflect and re-direct strategy for re-casting doubts on his