The new blockbuster “Oppenheimer” is epic and majestic and aesthetically brilliant and has a who’s-who cast of actors who took any part they could to be part of its legacy. It tells the story of the life of brilliant scientist Robert Oppenheimer, who directed the Los Alamos, New Mexico-based Manhattan Project, which led to […]
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 […]
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 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. […]
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, […]
Get on board! The H-1B Visa roller coaster ride is here for US employers who need to hire foreign nationals with university degrees.SMA Law Firm2023-07-26T10:50:22-04:00
The annual roller coaster ride, known as the H-1B visa application process, is about to go up the hill and come speeding down, with unknown twists and turns coming your way.
For the next eight weeks, employers are scrambling to decide whether to sponsor foreign nationals for professional positions, U.S. university grads from foreign […]
9 months into the Biden administration, what are the fundamental differences between the administrations when it comes to immigration?
Consistency is one. The Trump administration was anti-immigrant from the beginning and was consistent for four years in closing the doors to immigrants, both physically and metaphorically. The administration changed the way that immigration law was […]
The National Interest Exception (NIE) is here to stay, for now. Recently the administration announced that Presidential Proclamation 10143, which suspends direct travel to the United States from the Schengen countries, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Brazil, Iran, China, Iran, and India, would be in place “for the time being”. In doing so, it also […]
We watch the news each day and we see a common theme in America: Marginalized groups want what they deserve: to receive the same treatment and protections as allowed by law, which translates into equal opportunities. The reality is that minorities and women do not receive the same treatment and that the law does […]
On March 2, significant changes were made to the criteria for granting National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamation 10143 (extending PP 9993), which suspends travel from Schengen countries, the Ireland and UK to the United States.
The exception was extremely useful in facilitating direct travel from these countries for foreign nationals who make a strong economic […]