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Travel Bans Lifted!

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On October 25, 2021, the Biden Administration issued Presidential Proclamation, “Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” and officially announced the rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199, known as the country-specific Travel Bans for Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, Schengen Area, South Africa and the United Kingdom, that have impacted the approvals of visas and limited travel of foreign nationals to the United States...
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New USCIS I-693 Form Version & COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Immigration Medical Exams

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Every individual applying for lawful permanent residency or immigrant visa in the United States is required to establish that an applicant is not inadmissible to the U.S. on public health grounds. People inside the United States, seeking lawful permanent residency through the process of adjustment of status before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), are required to submit a completed Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, at...
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Coloradans Working in Agriculture, Meatpacking & Grocery Eligible for Vaccines Starting March 5

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Colorado's COVID-19 vaccination rollout will move into Phase 1B.3 beginning March 5, 2021. With this phase, the following Coloradans will become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine: People age 60 and olderFrontline essential workers in grocery and agriculturePeople age 16-59 with 2 or more high risk conditions If you work in agriculture, meatpacking, or a grocery store, in close contact with others, you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning...
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Kolko & Casey, P.C. Law Partners Recognized for Accomplishments in Field of Immigration Law

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Kolko and Casey, P.C. announces the 2021 selection of law partners Jennifer Casey and David Kolko for esteemed honors in the field of immigration law, from both 5280 Magazine and Super Lawyers. Each of these recognitions is based on comments from peers, clients and colleagues in the immigration legal field, which confirms what we already know: our firm is indeed fortunate for the experience and leadership shown by Jennifer Casey and...
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Department of Homeland Security Affirms Right to Equal Vaccine Access

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The United States Department of Homeland Security issued a statement earlier this month affirming its support for equal access to COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for all, including undocumented immigrants: “It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local...
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H-1B FY2022 Updates – Registration Filing Window Opens March 9

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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the window for filing electronic H-1B registrations will open on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at noon Eastern and will close at noon Eastern on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Any employer seeking file an H-1B petition on behalf of a foreign worker must submit a registration on the worker’s behalf during this filing window. USCIS intends to notify employers of any selected...
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H-1B Cap Season is Approaching

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We are fast approaching the time of year when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducts its annual lottery to assign the limited number of H-1B visas available for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1. USCIS has yet to announce the filings dates for this year’s lottery process, but we anticipate that it will be in the first weeks of March. The H-1B nonimmigrant status/visa is an employer-sponsored...
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Effective January 26, 2021 - negative COVID-19 test required for all individuals entering USA from abroad

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On January 21, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order, Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, requiring international travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the United States. This order takes effect on January 26, 2021. Consistent with President Biden’s Executive Order, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) published an order in the Federal Register specifying that international travelers must produce a negative...
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President Biden Issues Memorandum Solidifying His Support of DACA Program

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Among President Biden’s first actions upon being sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States was to issue a Memorandum to “Preserve and Fortify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).” In the memorandum, issued on January 20, 2021, his first day in office, President Biden calls on the Secretary of Homeland Security to “take all actions he deems appropriate, consistent with applicable law, to preserve and fortify DACA.” While the...
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Biden Administration Announces Immigration Reform Bill

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On his first day in office, President Biden has sent a sweeping proposal to Congress to reform our immigration laws. The bill addresses many areas of the current immigration law and contains reforms that immigration advocates have been urging for years. Of course, the bill is only a proposal.  If any immigration reform bill is to be passed into law, it will likely take months and would likely include changes from...
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PRESIDENT BIDEN ISSUES 100 DAY MORATORIUM ON DEPORTATIONS

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On the first day of his Presidency, the Biden Administration announced a temporary, 100-day pause on deportations/removals of foreign nationals from the United States in order for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to complete a comprehensive review and reset of its immigration enforcement priorities and policies. 100 Day Pause on Deportations Starting on January 22, 2021, DHS will pause removals for certain noncitizens who have removal orders entered against them....
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DACA Program Fully Reinstated!

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On December 04, 2020, a U.S. District Court in the state of New York ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to fully reinstate the DACA Program. The order, which was effective immediately, requires DHS to start accepting new initial DACA applications, issue work permits with a validity period of two years, and allow DACA recipients to apply for Advance Parole. The order effectively directs DHS to adhere to the terms...
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TPS Extended through October 4, 2021 for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua & Sudan

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On December 9, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it was extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Documentation for individuals with TPS for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan until October 4, 2021. TPS beneficiaries from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan who properly re-registered during the most recent Registration period DO NOT need to file a new application for re-registration. The extension automatically extends TPS documentation for individuals from those four...
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Major Increase in USCIS Filing Fee for Naturalization Cases – Effective October 2, 2020

Major Increase in USCIS Filing Fee for Naturalization Cases – Effective October 2, 2020
On July 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a final rule on the USCIS fee schedule, which includes a major restructuring of the filing fees for processing applications and benefits with the agency.   While the administration has many adjustments to the filing fees for processing cases, the filing fee to become a United States Citizen (Naturalization), will increase more than an 80% increase...
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Corte de Apelaciones Estadounidense Permite que la Administración Trump Expanda el uso de Remociones/Deportaciones Rápidas

Corte de Apelaciones Estadounidense Permite que la Administración Trump Expanda el uso de Remociones/Deportaciones Rápidas
Trudicido por Aminta Menjivar Esta semana, la Corte de Apelaciones Estadounidense del Circuito del Distrito de Columbia en el caso Make the Road New York v. Wolf, fallo que la Administración Trump puede proceder con una expansión de remociones/deportaciones rápidas adentro de los Estados Unidos. En Julio del 2019, la Administración Trump publicó un nuevo reglamento en el registro federal (84 Fed. Reg. 35,409 22 de Julio del 2019) para expandir...
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U.S. Court of Appeals Allows Trump Administration to Expand Use of Expedited Removal

U.S. Court of Appeals Allows Trump Administration to Expand Use of Expedited Removal
This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Make the Road New York v. Wolf, ruled that the Trump Administration can move forward with an expansion of expedited removal within the United States. In July 2019, the Trump Administration published a new rule in the federal registrar (84 Fed. Reg. 35,409 July 22, 2019) to expand expedited removal inside U.S. borders. Shortly thereafter, a group of associations...
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Trump issues entry ban for certain non-immigrant visas, extends immigrant visa ban

Trump issues entry ban for certain non-immigrant visas, extends immigrant visa ban
Yesterday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a new Presidential Proclamation, “Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.” The proclamation bans the issuance of H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J-1, J-2, L-1 and L-2 non-immigrant visas and extends the bar on the issuance of certain categories of immigrant visas through December 31, 2020. The proclamation takes effect on June 24, 2020 at 12:01...
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DACA continues! Supreme Court holds Trump Administration termination of DACA is unlawful

DACA continues! Supreme Court holds Trump Administration termination of DACA is unlawful
On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, et. al. In a 5 to 4 decision, Chief Justice Roberts delivered the majority opinion of the Court, holding that when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017, it failed to consider all relevant...
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Possible Executive Order Suspending Entry of Nonimmigrants, including H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1

Possible Executive Order Suspending Entry of Nonimmigrants, including H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1
Through our colleagues at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), we have learned of a possible extension and expansion of President Trump’s April 22, 2020 Presidential Proclamation 10014, “Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.” On April 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation suspending the issuance of immigrant visas for certain categories of intending immigrants (lawful...
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USCIS Denver Field Office Reopens for Naturalization Interviews

USCIS Denver Field Office Reopens for Naturalization Interviews
On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) closed its Field Offices for in-person services due to COVID-19. This has resulted in processing delays for applicants with pending applications for adjustment of status (lawful permanent residency / “green card”) and naturalization (U.S. citizenship) which require in-person interviews. In early June, USCIS Field Offices around the United States began reopening for limited services including “drive-up” naturalization oath ceremonies. The...
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