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EB-5 Visa – The final countdown

By |2019-10-01T11:30:47-04:00October 1st, 2019|EB-5 Visa|

For the last five years, rumors swirled around the EB-5 about the program's uncertain future. Rumors included a discontinuance of the program or an increase in the investment amount. The program, which has generated billions of dollars in investment into the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of jobs for American citizens and green card holders,

The O-1 Visa Extraordinary Ability Visa and The Contracts Needed To Secure A Three Year Period

By |2019-09-26T05:59:07-04:00September 2nd, 2019|O-1 Visa Attorney, SMA Immigration Law Firm, SMA Immigration Lawyers, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News, US Investor Visa, US Visas|

The O-1 visa is a non-immigrant, or temporary work visa, which can last for up to three years at a time and has no limit on the number of extensions. Extraordinary ability visas encompass all professions, including business, science, education, athletics, and the arts. Since ability is a subjective standard, the law requires that it

The Trump administration further attempts to restrict rights of asylum seekers

By |2019-09-26T05:59:22-04:00August 11th, 2019|america immigration, SMA Immigration Law Firm, SMA Immigration Lawyers, SMA Lawyers Video, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News|

On April 29th President Trump released a memo instructing the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to formulate regulations that will further restrict our humanitarian asylum laws for those seeking asylum protection at the southern border. The memo directs the implementation of regulations that will require asylum seekers to pay a fee to

H-1B Transfer Activity Will Be Unprecedented

By |2019-09-26T05:59:36-04:00July 3rd, 2019|america immigration, H-1B Visa Attorney, H1B Visa, SMA Immigration Lawyers, SMA Lawyers Video, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi|

On May 1, prospective employers who sponsored H-1B visa candidates this year began to get receipt notices for US Masters Cap cases. In the month to follow, employers will find out the fate of the blind lottery used to determine which H-1B petitions will be adjudicated. Every year, USCIS starts accepting H-1B petitions on April

Why become a U.S. citizen?

By |2019-09-26T05:59:48-04:00June 9th, 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

Visas for Foreign Entertainers and Athletes and the Underlying Contracts

By |2019-09-26T05:59:58-04:00May 2nd, 2019|SMA Immigration Lawyers, SMA Lawyers Video, Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi|

When you look at the list of concerts coming to your city or look at professional sports rosters and see unique and exotic names from other countries, it may seem normal to you as a spectator. However, for each international artist who plays a show in the U.S., or for all those great international baseball,

Foreign National Students: Optional and Curricular Practical Training, Transition to H-1B Status and Individual Income Tax Filings

By |2019-03-01T18:12:55-05:00March 1st, 2019|H-1B Visa Attorney, H1B Visa|

Foreign students come to the U.S. for full-time study under the F-1 visa. In order to qualify for the visa, they must first apply to an authorized educational institution, which can include any private elementary or secondary school, community or junior college, university or language institute. Once they apply to that institution and are accepted

Immigration Status and Employment Laws in New York

By |2019-03-01T18:07:30-05:00March 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 |2019-01-31T16:53:49-05:00January 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.

Anchor Babies, Birthright Citizenship and SMA’s Family Immigration Practice

By |2018-11-06T18:40:45-05:00November 6th, 2018|SMA Immigration Law Firm, SMA Immigration Lawyers, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News|

SMA has been helping reunite and keep together families through different immigration processes since 2004. This includes bona fide marriages where one or both of the spouses lives outside the U.S., or where they are both in the U.S. It also includes U.S. citizens petitioning for their foreign parents, children or siblings. This does not