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5 April 2018

Employer Compliance in an Era of Increased Audits and Site Visits

Kathleen Grzegorek

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

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5 April 2018

The Challenges of a Mobile Workforce in Big Data Occupations

Kathleen Grzegorek

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

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15 March 2018

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

Josie Gonzalez

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 ... Read More

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9 March 2018

Brilliance of Berkeley: The Challenges of Current Immigration Issues

Josie Gonzalez

On February 22, 2018, I had the pleasure of serving as a moderator on an immigration panel for the Brilliance of Berkeley event in Los Angeles, which was hosted by my alma mater, University of California, Berkeley. Our panel’s topic was The Challenges of Current Immigration Issues. In attendance were ... Read More

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7 December 2017

Immigrants in Big Data Occupations

Kathleen Grzegorek

“Big Data” occupations include the Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Analytics and Computer Vision industries.  SGG regularly handles cases involving these fields, and they require a special strategic touch in order to overcome U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Labor (DOL) barriers.  As immigration attorneys ... Read More

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7 December 2017

Top Immigration Threats Impacting Employers in 2018

Josie Gonzalez

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

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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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