america immigration

Why become a U.S. citizen?

By |2019-04-02T18:00:39-04:00April 2nd, 2019|america immigration, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News|

In my profession, I get asked this question a lot. SMA assists many people to get permanent residence in the U.S., either through company sponsorship, self-sponsorship (extraordinary ability) or through family petitions or asylum applications, and the last step is to apply to become U.S. citizens, but not all people take that step, which begs

Immigration Status and Employment Laws in New York

By |2019-03-01T18:07:30-04:00March 1st, 2019|america immigration, H-1B Visa Attorney, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi|

Foreign workers in the U.S. occupy every position from farmhand and dishwasher to engineer, doctor and CEO, and their visas and legal statuses also vary greatly. For the majority of the twelve-plus million undocumented immigrants, there is no such thing as legal employment, and therefore employers are not supposed to hire them at all. As

The Government Shutdown: How is it affecting immigration cases? by Kate Chaltain, Esq

By |2019-01-31T16:53:49-04:00January 31st, 2019|america immigration, E-2 Visa Attorney|

On Monday, January 21st, we entered the sixth week of the federal government shutdown, making it the longest shutdown of the federal government in U.S. history.  Government agencies that receive federal appropriations and are not deemed “essential service” providers do not have the required funding to continue operating and have been shuttered until further notice.

“Outside-In Immigration”

By |2018-10-17T16:53:50-04:00October 16th, 2018|america immigration, E-2 Visa Attorney, EB-5 Visa, H-1B Visa Attorney, H1B Visa, L-1 Visa Attorney, SMA Immigration Law Firm, SMA Immigration Lawyers, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi|

SMA Law Firm has its origins in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where its founder, Steve Maggi, set up shop in 2004 and started offering U.S. immigration legal assistance to people and companies from his native Argentina. What developed from that was a specialization in what we call “Outside-In Immigration”. What does this mean? Essentially it means

USCIS Announces Alarming Changes in Immigration Petition Adjudications

By |2018-08-10T10:41:53-04:00August 9th, 2018|america immigration, E-2 Visa Attorney, EB-5 Visa, H-1B Visa Attorney, H1B Visa, L-1 Visa Attorney, Steve Maggi|

On July 13, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a policy memorandum on its website, that provides guidance to USCIS adjudicators regarding their discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when required initial evidence was not submitted or

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

By |2018-03-08T15:09:47-04:00March 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 |2018-02-07T16:03:45-04:00February 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

Trump’s Vague and Empty Executive Order on H-1B

By |2017-04-27T14:16:09-04:00April 27th, 2017|america immigration, H-1B Visa Attorney, H1B Visa|

President Trump signed a new Executive Order on April 18, 2017, two weeks after the H-1B season opened for Fiscal Year. The executive order commissions the Department of Homeland Security, to review the way the visas are processed and issued.with the goal of future H-1B visas going to highly paid, specially skilled applicants, and not

Building the Mexican Wall and Why It Won’t Solve America’s Illegal Immigration Problem

By |2017-01-30T16:53:35-04:00January 30th, 2017|america immigration, SMA Immigration Law Firm, US Immigration News|

Building the Mexican Wall  and Why It Won't Solve America's Illegal Immigration Problem One of the hot topics in the U.S. presidential campaigns was what should be done with America's illegal/undocumented immigrants, and President Trump repeatedly promised that a wall would be built between Mexico and the U.S. Before Trump, both Presidents George W. Bush