Investors & Entrepreneurs Articles

Investors & Entrepreneurs Articles

The Travel Ban Waiver: A Real Adjudication or Mere Window Dressing? 768 604 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

The Travel Ban Waiver: A Real Adjudication or Mere Window Dressing?

In a February decision, a judge of the US District Court (Northern District of California) decided that a lawsuit filed on behalf of litigants challenging the “Travel Ban” could proceed over the government’s objection.  The case, Emami v. Nielsen, is filed as a class action that could have far-ranging impacts. The Travel Ban, first issued…

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Increase in Number of I-9 Audits by ICE 2000 1994 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Increase in Number of I-9 Audits by ICE

At a recent meeting with Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in connection with a client’s I-9 audit, SGG attorneys asked the agent why there seemed to be a rash of audits targeting smaller employers.  The agent’s response to us was that ICE wants employers to know any employer can be audited…

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Meet Candice Garrett 1512 2016 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Meet Candice Garrett

SGG is comprised of 17 attorneys and a team of experienced paralegals and administrative staff who are devoted to producing excellent work product and client service.  Below is a Q&A with Candice Garett, one of the longest-serving members of the law firm and an attorney in the Investors & Entrepreneurs Practice Group. Question: What is…

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USCIS Now Accepts Credit Card Payments for Most Filing Fees 1000 559 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

USCIS Now Accepts Credit Card Payments for Most Filing Fees

On February 14, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting credit card payments for most form filing fees. The new payment option is available for 41 fee-based forms that are processed at USCIS Lockbox facilities, including the following commonly used forms: Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative; Form I-131, Application for…

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EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended Until September 30, 2018 4111 2741 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended Until September 30, 2018

The U.S. Congress recently extended the EB-5 Regional Center Program through September 30, 2018 as part of the Omnibus budget package.  The extension was passed without changes to the current statutory or regulatory requirements.  In summary, foreign nationals who invest equity capital in a new commercial enterprise, which in turn results in the creation of…

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Employer Compliance in an Era of Increased Audits and Site Visits 5259 3098 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

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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Parole for Entrepreneurs: A Pathway Under A Cloud of Uncertainty 1000 559 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

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 limitations and rigidities because they…

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