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8 April 2019

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

Lincoln Stone

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. ... Read More

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14 December 2018

Increase in Number of I-9 Audits by ICE

Michele Franchett

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 ... Read More

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5 April 2018

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 ... Read More

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5 April 2018

USCIS Now Accepts Credit Card Payments for Most Filing Fees

Michele Franchett

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 ... Read More

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5 April 2018

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

Elsie Hui Arias

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 ... 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

Parole for Entrepreneurs: A Pathway Under A Cloud of Uncertainty

Lincoln Stone

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 ... Read More

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7 December 2017

Successful EB-5 Appeal Paves Way for Thousands of Jobs

Michele Franchett

SGG achieved a recent victory on an appeal before the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).  A favorable outcome on appeal before the AAO is not a common occurrence, and thus it presents a real cause for celebration.  The decision – Matter of S-C-R-C, LLC (November 15, 2017) – pertains to an ... Read More

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7 December 2017

What’s Next for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program?

Michele Franchett

Under the EB-5 Program, entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for permanent resident status (“green card”) if they: (1) make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States; and (2) plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. The Immigrant Investor Program, also ... Read More

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7 December 2017

Meet Diana Lowe, Our Office Administrator

SGG is comprised of 18 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 Diana Lowe, SGG’s Office Administrator. Question: What is your educational and professional background? Answer: I have worked in the legal ... Read More

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