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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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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

Pro Bono Win Helps Family of U.S. Army Veteran

At one of the many legal clinics SGG presents in immigrant communities, SGG attorneys met “Clara,” who had entered the United States without inspection as a teenager in the late 1980s.  She had married a U.S. citizen, “Dave,” in 2008 and they wanted to know how she could obtain permanent ... 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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