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10 October 2017

U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Services Suspended Indefinitely in Turkey

David Strashnoy

On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey announced that effective immediately non-immigrant visa services are suspended indefinitely at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey.  This includes the embassy in Ankara and consulates in Istanbul and Adana.  The suspension of services is not a visa ban on Turkish citizens, ... Read More

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21 September 2017

SGG Attorney Heather Poole Interviewed for KNX 1070 Story Covering Plight of Dying Woman Who is Barred From Receiving Needed Stem Cell Transplant from Vietnamese Aunt Donor, a Story that Highlights the Ongoing Need for Immigration Reform

Partner Heather Poole Shares Insights on Repeated Visitor Visa Denials for Stem Cell Donor In On Air Interview for CBS’s KNX 1070 Radio. SGG Partner Kathy Grzegorek Obtains Visas & Green Cards for Scientists in the Stem Cell and other cutting edge medical arenas immigrate to the U.S. but without ... Read More

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7 September 2017

The Best and Brightest – Our Attorneys

SGG boasts some of the best and brightest legal talent in the industry.  Our highly sought after attorneys do more than provide excellent service to our clients.  They are also leaders in a multitude of professional associations: Elsie Arias: Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) EB-5 Committee; Chair, 2017 AILA ... Read More

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7 September 2017

SGG Attorneys Overcome Visa Denials

  Attending a visa interview at a U.S. Consulate can be a nerve-wracking and confusing process. Consular officers encounter more than 100 visa applicants per day and have as little as 2 minutes to render a decision on each application. The process includes reviewing the application, interviewing the applicant, conducting ... Read More

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7 September 2017

Social Media and Deeper Background Information Required of U.S. Visa Applicants

  The Administration has rolled out a new questionnaire for U.S. visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last 5 years and biographical information going back 15 years. The new questions, part of an effort to tighten vetting of would-be visitors to the United States, was approved ... Read More

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7 September 2017

Revised Form I-9 Takes Effect September 18th

  On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, which is a form used by companies to verify identity and employment eligibility. The new version of Form I-9 brings minor changes to the form’s instructions and list of acceptable documents. Employers ... Read More

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7 September 2017

Proposed RAISE Act Introduces Merit-Based System for Employment-Based Immigration

  In a move receiving the support of the Administration, on August 2, 2017, Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue (R-Georgia) introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (“RAISE”) Act. If enacted, the RAISE Act would replace our current employment-based immigration system with a merit-based system that ... Read More

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7 September 2017

Practical Training for STEM Graduates Survives Legal Challenge

  STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) regulations authorize a 24-month extension of work authorization for foreign students who will be employed in a STEM occupation by U.S. companies that participate in E-Verify. On April 19, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by the ... Read More

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29 August 2017

USCIS to Expand In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants

Kathleen Grzegorek

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and is ... Read More

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3 August 2017

GENERALLY PERMISSIBLE B-1 ACTIVITIES AND GUIDANCE

Overview: The B-1 nonimmigrant classification (including admissions under the Visa Waiver Program for qualifying citizens) is appropriate for foreign nationals who are entering the US on a temporary basis (up to six months for B-1 visas, three months for Visa Waiver entrants) for the purpose of engaging in select business ... Read More

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