Articles



Published 5 April 2018

SGG Litigation Gets a Win in CSPA Case

Lorena (not her real name) was distressed when she first came to our office.  She just received a decision from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denying her application for permanent residence.  Lorena had applied for permanent residence based on a visa petition filed by her mother, who is ... Read More

Published 5 April 2018

Two Year Work Permits for Spouses of Abusive H-1B Visa Holders Now Available

Until recently, the majority of H-4 visa holders (derivative spouses of H-1B professional visa holders) were dependent on their H-1B spouses for income and for many, their survival.  Since 2015, H-4 visa holders have been permitted to work in the United States if they meet one of two very limited criteria.  ... Read More

Published 5 April 2018

SGG Advice Leads to Vacated Criminal Conviction

“Mr. Jones,” a 65-year-old client who has been a lawful permanent resident (LPR) since the age of 4, desired to renew his green card. This may seem like a normal event; however, Mr. Jones had avoided renewing his green card for many years.  Without valid proof of his LPR status, ... Read More

Published 5 April 2018

Employer Compliance in an Era of Increased Audits and Site Visits

In this current climate of increased audits and administrative site visits, it is crucial for businesses to remain compliant with all I-9, H-1B, PERM and EB-5 regulations. In this article, we provide an overview of the relevant compliance requirements, as well as an explanation of the government players during site ... Read More

Published 5 April 2018

Parole for Entrepreneurs: A Pathway Under A Cloud of Uncertainty

Informed immigrant entrepreneurs are well familiar with the obstacles in U.S. immigration law facing entrepreneurs hoping to obtain long-term residence in the United States.  SGG clients enjoy successes in obtaining immigration benefits in non-immigrant categories such as L-1, E-1, E-2, O-1 and H-1B.  But all of these categories have their ... Read More

Published 5 April 2018

Lives in Limbo in the Wake of DACA and TPS Terminations

It is perhaps an understatement to say that immigration is a controversial political issue.  With Congress deeply divided regarding immigration reform, it seems improbable that any new immigration laws will be passed.  However, the divisions in Congress have not stopped this Administration from proceeding with significant changes to immigration policy.  ... Read More

Published 5 April 2018

The Challenges of a Mobile Workforce in Big Data Occupations

The large demand for working professionals in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Computer Vision and Quantum Computing occupations (“Big Data”) is ongoing in the U.S. labor market. Employing foreign workers in these positions can be complex, given U.S. immigration laws governing the employment of these workers coupled with the ... Read More

Published 7 December 2017

Top Immigration Threats Impacting Employers in 2018

As an employer you may have heard about how – without a “heads-up,” without regulatory or legislative changes, the current administration is drastically changing the landscape impacting the hiring and retention of foreign nationals in the U.S.  After nearly forty years of practicing in the immigration field, representing employer and ... Read More

Published 7 December 2017

Bond Hearings: The Detainee’s Financial Ability to Pay 

When a foreign national is detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement, the detainee normally may request a bond hearing before an immigration judge in Immigration Court. The judge may grant bond if the person is not subject to mandatory detention.  Mandatory detention applies to people with certain crimes or who ... Read More

Published 7 December 2017

What’s Next for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program?

Under the EB-5 Program, entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for permanent resident status ("green card") if they: (1) make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States; and (2) plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. The Immigrant Investor Program, also ... Read More