Steven Maggi

“Outside-In” Immigration

By |2018-10-16T14:42:26+00:00October 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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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

How I Feel About President Trump’s (sh**thole) Comment

By |2018-01-13T14:00:08+00:00January 13th, 2018|Steve Maggi, Steven Maggi, US Immigration News, US Investor Visa|

Six years ago, I wrote my first ever blog, titled “U.S. Immigration Policy: Don’t give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”, discussing the trend towards an increasingly selective and contradictory immigration system. On the eve of comments by President Trump which referred to immigrants from Central America, the Caribbean,

Can Your Business Investment Bring You to the United States?

By |2017-05-15T15:53:41+00:00May 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+00:00February 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

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