Published 16 June 2017

Preguntas Antes de Contratar a un Abogado de Inmigración

  originally published on on 4/14/2017 La ley de inmigración es un campo muy complejo. Cuando necesite ayuda en asuntos de inmigración, póngase en contacto con un abogado calificado y no con un notario, alguien que no tiene licencia para ejercer la abogacía. Se puede buscar un abogado de diferentes maneras. Algunas personas ... Read More

Published 15 June 2017

Refugees Flee Gang Violence In Central America

On Sunday, May 7,  SGG attorney Partner Michele Franchett traveled to Tijuana to support a group of refugees fleeing violence and gangs in Central America.  The group of refugees, which was assisted by a coalition of Mexican and American organizers, traveled thousands of miles through Mexico in hopes of seeking asylum ... Read More

Published 26 January 2017

FGM Among South Asians

Originally published on On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security released its Outreach Strategy on female genital mutilation or cutting (“FGM”). It identifies target geographic outreach areas in the U.S. based on the location of immigrant families originating from the top 10 countries where FGM is practiced (exclusively ... Read More

Published 28 September 2016

Visa Life-Cycle for Researchers and Scientists

Reprinted with permission from Inside Immigration (Apr. 2013), copyright by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Early Evaluation of Potential IV Eligibility: CV’s Publications, and Other Evidence   For researchers and scientists, we consider: Extraordinary Ability (can self-petition)* Outstanding Researcher (requires employer sponsorship) National Interest Waiver (can self-petition) Schedule A, Group II (requires employer sponsorship) *This category requires a ... Read More

Published 28 September 2016

The J-1 Program Demystified: Answers to Your Top J Visa Questions

Reprinted with permission from Inside Immigration (Apr. 2013), copyright by the American Immigration Lawyers Association The J-1 Visa or Exchange Visitor Program began with the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. The goal was to promote the understanding of other cultures by the people of the United States as well as ... Read More

Published 26 August 2016

International Entrepreneurs – A New Proposed Immigration Option Published by USCIS

Click here to view the Spanish translation.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a final rule on January 17, 2017, that will – effective July 17, 2017, allow international entrepreneurs who will have an active and central role in the operations of a start-up entity to apply for parole so that ... Read More

Published 12 August 2016

H-1B Short-term Placement

WHEN YOUR H-1B EMPLOYEE CHANGES WORK LOCATION Certain changes in work locations may require filing an H-1B amended petition, OR only posting the LCA notice at new location, OR no action.  See flowchart below. This fact sheet provides general information concerning short-term placement of H-1B workers outside the area of intended employment. An area ... Read More

Published 13 June 2016

Emerging EB-5 Markets Spotlight: South Africa

Originally published March 17, 2016 South Africa has 99 problems… and one of them is the country’s very own “JZ,” President Jacob Zuma, whom many South Africans accuse of seeking short-term political gains at the expense of the country’s long-term interests.  In December 2015, President Zuma sacked his Finance Minister, Nhalnhla ... Read More

Published 13 June 2016

USCIS Publishes Proposed Rule Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers

Originally published January 4, 2016 On December 31, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") released a proposed rule that will have a significant impact on foreign nationals in employment-based nonimmigrant status as well as in the long green card queues for immigrant status (“green cards). Note that this ... Read More

Published 13 June 2016

Extended Employment Opportunities for Foreign Students Come at a Price

Originally published March 18, 2016 On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a regulation that extends the period of work authorization from a current 17-month period to 24 months for foreign students who will be employed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations by U.S. companies ... Read More