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 […]
My first experience in immigration law came in my first summer clerkship while attending Georgetown Law Center, in the summer of 1999. A former immigrant myself, I had gone through several immigration processes to eventually become a US citizen at 14 years of age, but I had never experienced the sheer fear of going […]
For as long as immigration has been a hot topic in politics, there has been one common conclusion that all people in the political spectrum agree on: The US immigration system does not work and needs to be overhauled. This article explores the requirements for immigration reform and highlights why it is crucial for […]
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, […]
Google recently laid off 12,000 U.S.-based workers, following a trend of other prominent US Tech companies that recently had massive layoffs.
The engine that drives these companies are the engineers and tech workers, and many of them are foreign nationals who are sponsored by the Googles of the world. Google simply downsizes/adjusts/streamlines (use whatever term […]
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 […]
Two years after his inauguration, when he called for immigration reform and asked for $3.5 billion to strengthen the border, it took a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions to finally force President Biden to get on Air Force One and see the real-world effect of his administration’s failure to devise a coherent and actionable […]