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SGG Client Earns National Recognition – And a Green Card 849 565 Susan Pilcher

SGG Client Earns National Recognition – And a Green Card

SGG was privileged in 2018 to have assisted Salvadoran poet Javier Zamora with securing permanent U.S. residence after having migrated to this country illegally, alone, at the age of 9.   Mr. Zamora’s poetry has earned sustained national acclaim for its moving exploration of his experiences escaping the violent aftermath of El Salvador’s civil war, reuniting…

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USCIS Issues Revised Guidance on Unlawful Presence for Students and Exchange Visitors 1000 559 Kathleen Grzegorek

USCIS Issues Revised Guidance on Unlawful Presence for Students and Exchange Visitors

On August 9, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final policy memorandum revising the rules for calculating unlawful presence for those in student F (student), J (exchange visitor), and M (vocational student) nonimmigrant status and their dependents while in the United States. Most non-immigrant visa holders are admitted until a certain date,…

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H-1B cap electronic pre-registration on Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda Released by the Department of Homeland Security 2000 1994 Kathleen Grzegorek

H-1B cap electronic pre-registration on Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda Released by the Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has released its Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda. One notable agenda item involves the pre-registration of H-1B petitions filed subject to the H-1B cap.  A pre-registration system would require an H-1B Petitioner to register its intent to submit a petition for an individual beneficiary in advance of the April 1 filing…

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SGG Client H-1B Petition Approved!!! 244 302 Andrew Grzegorek

SGG Client H-1B Petition Approved!!!

We are very excited to receive word that one of our client’s H-1B petition was approved this week. Our client was also very excited about this news and sent us a very heartfelt message;   “Kathy,   This is incredible news! I would like to express my deepest appreciation to your help and service. I…

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Employer Compliance in an Era of Increased Audits and Site Visits 5259 3098 Kathleen Grzegorek

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 visits and audits and what…

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The Challenges of a Mobile Workforce in Big Data Occupations 5472 3648 Kathleen Grzegorek

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 war on legal immigration, particularly…

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Potential Elimination of H-4 EAD Program Delayed Until After June 2018 1000 559 Josie Gonzalez

Potential Elimination of H-4 EAD Program Delayed Until After June 2018

Since 2015, H-4 spouses of H-1B nationals have been permitted to apply for a work permit (Employment Authorization Document or EAD card) if one of the following applies: (1) their spouse has an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker or (2) their spouse has been granted H-1B status under the American Competitiveness in…

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