Immigration News

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Immigration News Articles

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    NVC Expedite Request Process

    Published on November 18, 2021

    In emergencies or hardship, a petitioner can speed up an immigration case with a National Visa Center (NVC) expedite request. USCIS  sends overseas petitions to the NVC. Normally, USCIS notifies you with a Notice of Approval that the petition is approved and sent to the National Visa Center. After the NVC receives your case, they enter…

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    December 2021 Visa Bulletin: Analysis & Predictions

    Published on November 17, 2021

    One of the most significant parts of getting a green card in the U.S. is waiting for your priority date to be current. For those that have invested the time, effort, and money into an immigrant visa, questions arise such as “How long will it take for my date to be current?” and “Can I…

  • SGM Law Group rebrands as VisaNation

    SGM Law Group to Rebrand as VisaNation

    Published on November 09, 2021

    As SGM Law Group PLLC celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month, we are thrilled to announce our rebrand to VisaNation Law Group PLLC. Our new brand reinforces our commitment to the immigrant community in providing the highest quality U.S. immigration services, with compassion and responsiveness at the forefront.

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    What Section 214(B) Visa Denial Means

    Published on November 01, 2021

    Has your visa been denied by a consular officer under Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act? Millions of visas are denied each year under this section of law. If this is your scenario, you may be confused and wondering what that means and if there is any way to get around it. U.S….

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    COVID-19 Vaccine Required for Green Card Applicants

    Published on August 30, 2021

    Beginning October 1, USCIS along with the United States Department of State (DHS) will be requiring green card applicants, seeking either refugee or lawful permanent status to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and show proof of it at their medical exam. This new I-693 Medical Exam vaccine requirement will apply to any permanent resident applicant…

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    I-134 – Complete Guide to Affidavit of Support in the U.S.

    Published on August 16, 2021

    Form I-134, Affidavit of Support is required when wanting to sponsor a visa applicant (temporary visitor visa or K1/K2 visa) in order to demonstrate that they will not become a “public charge” to the government. There have been a few definition versions of what it means to be a public charge. During the Trump administration,…

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    Immigrants Can Now Apply for Green Card and Social Security Number Simultaneously

    Published on August 13, 2021

    On August 9, 2021 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately green card applicants will now be able to apply for their Social Security Number (SSN) or a replacement card at the same time they apply for permanent residency (green cards). This new process, comes in reaction to a new partnership between…

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    Refiling Allowed for Rejected 2021 H1B Petitions Based on Start Date

    Published on July 29, 2021

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on June 23, 2021 that they would be allowing rejected H1B cap-subject petitions from fiscal year 2021 to be resubmitted if they were rejected solely on the basis that the requested start date was after October 1, 2020. If this is what happened to you, you can resubmit the…