Published 3 October 2017

Countdown to DACA’s End – SGG Helps College Students Work on Last Renewals Due this Week

SGG responds in a crisis. Joyce Noche, Esq., a Senior Attorney and resident DACA expert who has been working with DACA students since day one and consulted with the Obama administration in DACA’s formation, worked one-on-one with individual DACA students at Cerritos College this past Friday.  Joyce and Family & ... Read More

Published 25 September 2017

Trump Travel Ban Indefinite and Expanded as Supreme Court Cancels Oral Arguments

  On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a proclamation replacing his previous Travel Ban Executive Order (“EO-2”), though it is substantially similar in many respects.  The proclamation serves to make the Travel Ban indefinite and modifies the list of countries affected.  Individuals from the designated countries with valid visas may continue to ... Read More

Published 7 September 2017

Detained Immigrants: Less Likely to Hire an Attorney and More Likely to be Deported 

The use of detention in the context of removal proceedings is on the rise.  According to the Center for American Progress, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detains 400,000 individuals annually.  With the increase of immigrant detention has come an increase in the use of private prisons.  In 2005, 25% ... Read More

Published 7 September 2017

A DUI Spells Trouble for Immigrants

Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) can be a devastating offense for an immigrant. Although a “simple” DUI (for example, Cal. Vehicle Code 21352) is not an offense that fits within any of the categories of crimes that makes a foreign national deportable, U.S. immigration authorities consider DUI a ... Read More

Published 7 September 2017

DREAMERs to DACA to More Uncertainty

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be terminated on March 5, 2018. The DACA program was implemented by the Obama Administration and provides safety from deportation and employment authorization to certain undocumented immigrants who entered the United ... Read More

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