US Immigration News

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

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

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

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

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

By |2018-01-13T14:00:08-04:00January 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,

The changing face of diversity in the US

By |2017-11-15T14:01:27-04:00November 15th, 2017|US Immigration News|

The changing face of diversity in the US, based on Immigration Policy Changes by the Trump Administration – “Merit-Based Immigration” The memo titled “Immigration Principles and Policies” was published by the White House last week, and although this document is very vague, it does give us an idea of how the face of future immigrants

Coming To America Webinar

By |2017-08-31T09:39:14-04:00August 16th, 2017|US Immigration News|

Coming to America: Legal and financial planning challenges faced by practitioners when advising immigrant clients Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 2pm ET / 11am PT This webinar will review the legal issues/challenges to becoming a citizen and then discuss the financial and tax planning issues, including: • Income taxation of non-U.S. citizens • Treaty planning

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

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