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10 April 2019

Litigating H-1B denials in the “Buy American and Hire American” era

Amy Lenhert

In April 2017, President Trump issued an immigration-related executive order that has garnered significantly less attention than the “Travel Ban” order directed at restricting immigration from majority Muslim countries.  However, the “Buy American and Hire American” executive order (also called “BAHA”) has notably impacted the legal immigration system.  The stated ... Read More

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27 February 2019

H-1B News: USCIS Implements Electronic Registration and Changes Lottery Order

Effective April 1, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Service (USCIS) published a Final Rule changing the manner in which the H-1B lottery is administered.  Notably, the Final Rule introduces an electronic H-1B registration process and reverses the order in which advanced degree exemption petitions are selected. Change in H-1B Lottery ... Read More

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18 December 2018

SGG Client Earns National Recognition – And a Green Card

Susan Pilcher

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 ... Read More

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14 December 2018

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

Kathleen Grzegorek

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 ... Read More

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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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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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