Fall 2017




7 December 2017

Immigrants in Big Data Occupations

“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 working on these cases, we … Continued

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7 December 2017

Successful EB-5 Appeal Paves Way for Thousands of Jobs

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 I-924 application filed by an … Continued

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7 December 2017

Waiver of Crimes Keeps Military Family Together

“Timothy” and “Jean,” a same-sex couple, came to SGG for help with obtaining permanent residency for Jean.  Jean is a successful scientist who had petty theft convictions that were committed over a decade ago. Because of these convictions, he was found to be “inadmissible,” unable to remain in the United States and obtain lawful permanent residency … Continued

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7 December 2017

Top Immigration Threats Impacting Employers in 2018

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 foreign nationals, I find the … Continued

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7 December 2017

Bond Hearings: The Detainee’s Financial Ability to Pay 

When a foreign national is detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement, the detainee normally may request a bond hearing before an immigration judge in Immigration Court. The judge may grant bond if the person is not subject to mandatory detention.  Mandatory detention applies to people with certain crimes or who are applying for admission at … Continued

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7 December 2017

SGG Wins Appeal for Abused Spouse

“Rebecca” is a Canadian national who came to SGG for help after her marriage-based green card case was referred to the Fraud Unit (FDNS) for investigation of her marriage.  FDNS conducted two surprise home raids after Rebecca and her husband’s green card interview, suspecting that her marriage was not real but was entered into for … Continued

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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 resident status based on their … Continued

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7 December 2017

Urban Rock “n” Roll and O-1 Visas

Through several visa categories, U.S. law recognizes the important contributions made by individuals who possess extraordinary ability in arts. Within these categories, sponsors may petition to bring musicians who possess the requisite ability to perform on American stages.  Due to the enriching effect of cultural engagement with such musicians, we at SGG are especially proud … Continued

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7 December 2017

Class Action Lawsuits Highlight Limbo for Immigrants in Military Service

Immigrants play an important role in our country’s Armed Forces; in fact, immigrants have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since the Revolutionary War.  Immigrants serving in the military often have special language and cultural skills that are strategically vital.  They are also less likely to leave the military before the end of their tour … Continued

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7 December 2017

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

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 known as the Regional Center … Continued

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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 field for over 25 years … Continued

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