SMA Immigration Law Firm

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

By |2019-06-17T09:27:20-04:00June 17th, 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 |2019-05-11T10:02:37-04:00May 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

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

By |2018-11-06T18:40:45-04:00November 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

“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

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

Can Your Business Investment Bring You to the United States?

By |2017-05-15T15:53:41-04:00May 15th, 2017|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|

Business owners and investors are using Treaty Investor visa, also known as the  E-2 visa, to set up shop in the US. The E-2 visa allows passport holders from any of the 80 E-2 countries that have treaties with the US to set up businesses in the US. Those businesses can be franchises or operations

The H-1B Visa under Trump

By |2017-02-21T14:34:23-04:00February 21st, 2017|H-1B Visa Attorney, H1B Visa, SMA Immigration Law Firm, 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

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

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

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