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The Trump Administration and the Effect on the E-2/E-1 Treaty Investor/Trader Visas

By |2017-01-04T09:54:21+00:00January 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+00:00December 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+00:00November 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

H-1B Transfer Season is in Full Swing!

By |2018-06-19T16:30:40+00:00November 21st, 2016|H-1B Visa Attorney, SMA Immigration Law Firm, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News, US Visas|

{2:25 minutes to read}  What is H-1B transfer season? An H-1B visa is the type of visa used by companies to hire people for professional positions. Each year, USCIS starts to accept H-1B petitions on April 1st. There's a cap of 65,000 visas for non-US Master degree holders, and then 20,000 additional for US Master

Hiring Foreign Workers Means Proving Your Ability To Pay Them The Prevailing Wage

By |2016-09-13T20:34:23+00:00September 13th, 2016|E-2 Visa Attorney, H-1B Visa Attorney, L-1 Visa Attorney, O-1 Visa Attorney, SMA Immigration Law Firm, 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

Preconceived Intent: A Red Flag that Could Curtail Your Path to Immigration

By |2016-08-12T12:50:53+00:00August 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+00:00July 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

U.S. Embassies and Consulates—Duties and Powers

By |2016-05-27T01:14:07+00:00May 27th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Firm, 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+00:00April 27th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Firm, 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