16 November 2018

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

Kathleen Grzegorek

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 ... Read More

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15 November 2018

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 ... Read More

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25 October 2018

Public Benefits and “Public Charge” – What Do They Mean for Immigrants?

Michele Franchett

Clients sometimes ask whether there could be adverse immigration consequences as a result of their receiving various forms of public benefits.  Lately there has been confusion and misinformation circulating around this issue – in large part due to the leaking of documents that revealed the administration’s plan to change the ... Read More

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16 October 2018

2018 AILA & IIUSA EB-5 Industry Forum

Lincoln Stone

SGG attorneys Lincoln Stone and  Michele Franchett will be speaking at the 2018 AILA & IIUSA EB-5 Industry Forum, October 30, 2018, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago in Chicago, IL. Click here for full schedule of events.    

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11 October 2018

Changes to USCIS policies – Shifting cases to Immigration Court

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

This summer, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a new policy increasing the scope of people who may receive a Notice to Appear (“NTA”) in removal proceedings, and also a new policy increasing an officer’s power to deny petitions or applications without issuing a Request for Evidence (“RFE”). Together, these ... Read More

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8 October 2018

Board of Immigration Appeals Undermines Benefit of CA Law

Amy Lenhert

In 2015, the California legislature changed the state criminal laws regarding punishment for misdemeanors.  The state law previously said that misdemeanors were punishable by up to 365 days in county jail.  Under new section 18.5 of the California Penal Code, misdemeanors are now punishable by up to 364 days.  And ... Read More

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5 October 2018


  A federal judge in Northern California has issued an order temporarily halting the government’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua. TPS for these countries was set to terminate on various dates in 2018 and 2019; the earliest being Sudan which was ... Read More

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27 April 2018

Board Revisits Crime of Stalking

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

The Board of Immigration Appeals overruled its prior decisions, and held that a conviction under California Penal Code §646.9(b) is not a ‘crime of stalking’ for purposes of INA §237(a)(2)(E)(i). Matter of Sanchez-Lopez, 27 I&N Dec. 256 (BIA 2018). Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) “Any alien who at ... Read More

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23 April 2018

Important Victory For Asylum Seekers: DHS Ordered to Notify Potential Asylum Seekers of the 1 Year Filing Requirement

Amy Lenhert

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) imposes a requirement that asylum applications must be filed within one year of the asylum seeker’s entry into the United States.  An asylum application filed more than one year after entry can be denied.  The failure to file within one year can be overlooked ... Read More

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17 April 2018

Ninth Circuit Reminds BIA That an Asylum Seeker’s Testimony May Be Enough to Prove Asylum When No Explicit Adverse Credibility Finding Has Been Made

Amy Lenhert

Applying for asylum in the United States is a daunting process, especially for the many asylum seekers who do not have the benefit of an experienced attorney by their side.  Asylum can be granted to a person who is unwilling or unable to return to her home country because of ... Read More

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