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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

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

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.

2016 – Update on EB-5 Investor Program

By |2016-01-07T19:32:12+00:00January 7th, 2016|SMA Immigration Law Firm, US Immigration News|

https://youtu.be/jLK2WNg1SvE?list=PLKi-fQbduX4iUJQee_IJF03j7qnwHdvy8     {3:42 minutes to read} Congress just extended the Regional Center Program. The only change in the law is an extension of the effective date for the program through September 30, 2016. Why is this significant? — All indications are that this is the last window for investments at the $500,000 level. Before