Why the H-1B Visa cap Should be Eliminated

2024-01-16T13:42:49-05:00

Addressing the Mismatch: Eliminating the H-1B Cap to Meet Employer Demand for Employment-Based Visas in the US

The United States has long been a land of opportunity, attracting global talent and fostering innovation. However, the current system of employment-based visas falls short in meeting the increasing demand from employers. One particular visa category, the H-1B, has […]

Why the H-1B Visa cap Should be Eliminated2024-01-16T13:42:49-05:00

Remembering Steve Cozzi, an amazing lawyer and friend

2024-01-02T11:21:38-05:00

Steve Cozzi was one of those rare people you meet in life that made you want to get to know them well, all with a handshake and a few minutes of conversation. He radiated kindness, sincerity, empathy, and genuine nature, and he believed steadfastly in justice and that the law was a positive force […]

Remembering Steve Cozzi, an amazing lawyer and friend2024-01-02T11:21:38-05:00

The A to Z of US Immigration

2024-01-16T13:50:42-05:00

U.S. Immigration law is an alphabet soup of visa categories and concepts, and I thought it would be interesting to try to go from A to Z and see if I could come up with something for each letter. Here goes!

A: Alien – This is the term used for any foreign national involved in […]

The A to Z of US Immigration2024-01-16T13:50:42-05:00

Birthright Citizenship – It is time for a real overhaul of the system to reward those who follow the laws and punish those who don’t

2024-05-09T12:06:37-04:00

Immigration and Birthright Citizenship – What We Need to Do to Deal with It.

Let’s face it – this country is a disaster on so many fronts. The government finally woke up out of its century-and-a-half-long slumber to establish Juneteenth. Yes, slavery happened, and it lasted four centuries and this country was built on the […]

Birthright Citizenship – It is time for a real overhaul of the system to reward those who follow the laws and punish those who don’t2024-05-09T12:06:37-04:00

From US citizens to Personas Non Grata to US citizens again

2023-08-17T13:43:00-04:00

The Ortegas were all U.S. citizens, from the grandfather, Joaquin Sr., to his son, Joaquin Jr., and Jr.’s wife, Laura, and their three kids, including 17-year-old Joaquin III. What made this family unique was that they were all U.S. citizens, but they were all born in, and still living in, the Dominican Republic.

Joaquin Jr. […]

From US citizens to Personas Non Grata to US citizens again2023-08-17T13:43:00-04:00

Why “Rock Stars” Deserve Green Cards Too!

2024-01-02T11:42:07-05:00

The recent Super Bowl ad, which had the godfather of heavy metal, Ozzy Osbourne, and Paul Stanley, the face of glam rock, objecting to the use of the term “Rock Star” for non-music-related overachievers was proof positive of the modern-day ubiquity of the term to connote being at the top of your field.

In 2017, […]

Why “Rock Stars” Deserve Green Cards Too!2024-01-02T11:42:07-05:00

The O-1 Visa Extraordinary Ability Visa and The Contracts Needed To Secure A Three Year Period

2023-10-30T11:33:18-04:00

The O-1 visa is a non-immigrant, or temporary work visa, which can last for up to three years at a time and has no limit on the number of extensions. Extraordinary ability visas encompass all professions, including business, science, education, athletics, and the arts.

Since ability is a subjective standard, the law requires that it […]

The O-1 Visa Extraordinary Ability Visa and The Contracts Needed To Secure A Three Year Period2023-10-30T11:33:18-04:00

The Trump administration further attempts to restrict rights of asylum seekers

2023-10-30T11:33:56-04:00

On April 29th President Trump released a memo instructing the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to formulate regulations that will further restrict our humanitarian asylum laws for those seeking asylum protection at the southern border.

The memo directs the implementation of regulations that will require asylum seekers to pay a fee to […]

The Trump administration further attempts to restrict rights of asylum seekers2023-10-30T11:33:56-04:00

Anchor Babies, Birthright Citizenship and SMA’s Family Immigration Practice

2018-11-06T18:40:45-05:00

SMA has been helping reunite and keep together families through different immigration processes since 2004. This includes bona fide marriages where one or both of the spouses lives outside the U.S., or where they are both in the U.S. It also includes U.S. citizens petitioning for their foreign parents, children or siblings. This does […]

Anchor Babies, Birthright Citizenship and SMA’s Family Immigration Practice2018-11-06T18:40:45-05:00

“Outside-In Immigration”

2018-10-16T14:42:26-04:00

SMA Law Firm has its origins in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where its founder, Steve Maggi, set up shop in 2004 and started offering U.S. immigration legal assistance to people and companies from his native Argentina. What developed from that was a specialization in what we call “Outside-In Immigration”. What does this mean? Essentially it […]

“Outside-In Immigration”2018-10-16T14:42:26-04:00

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