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H-1B Cap Lottery Selection is Complete for FY 2018 Petitions

H-1B Cap Lottery Selection is Complete for FY 2018 Petitions
On May 3, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that it has completed the lottery for all cap-subject H-1B petitions submitted for the Fiscal Year 2018 Cap. The annual limit for H-1B visas is 65,000 for foreign nationals holding a Bachelor’s Degree and an additional 20,000 for those holding a U.S. Master’s Degree. Between April 3, 2017 and April 7, 2017, USCIS received more than 199,000 H-1B...
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Termination of TPS for Beneficiaries from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea effective May 21, 2017

Termination of TPS for Beneficiaries from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea effective May 21, 2017
In November 2014, in recognition of the serious health threats posed by the Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson designated these three countries for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months. The DHS subsequently extended the TPS designation through May 21, 2017. In September 2016, former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson determined that the widespread transmission of...
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199,000 H-1B Petitions Received for FY 2018; Trump Announces Executive Order to Review H-1B Program

199,000 H-1B Petitions Received for FY 2018; Trump Announces Executive Order to Review H-1B Program
On April 7, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that it received sufficient H-1B petitions to meet the regular and advanced degree caps for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. Yesterday, USCIS announced that it received more than 199,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY 2018 and that on April 11, 2017, it conducted a computer-generated lottery of these 199,000 petitions to select 20,000 petitions under the Advanced Degree Cap (U.S....
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Trump Issues New Executive Order Banning Admission of Refugees and Nationals of Six Countries

Trump Issues New Executive Order Banning Admission of Refugees and Nationals of Six Countries
On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist entry into the United States. The new Executive Order (EO) bars the admission of refugees from all countries for a period of 120 days and bars the admission of certain nationals from six countries for a period of 90 days. The new EO will take effect on March 16, 2017. In the new EO, the...
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USCIS to suspend Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions

USCIS to suspend Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions
 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that beginning April 3, 2017, it will temporarily suspend Premium Processing of I-129 Petitions filed by U.S. employers seeking H-1B work visas on behalf of professional foreign national employees in specialty occupation positions. This suspension will apply to all H-1B Petitions including: - H-1B Petitions filed under the so-called H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, - H-1B Petitions filed by cap-exempt...
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DHS issues directives for implementation of Trump’s Executive Orders on Interior Enforcement and Border Security

DHS issues directives for implementation of Trump’s Executive Orders on Interior Enforcement and Border Security
  On February 20, 2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly issued two memoranda, “Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest,” and “Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvement Policies.” These two “Kelly Memos” direct DHS employees, including employees of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on the implementation of President Trump’s...
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Federal District Court blocks Trump’s Executive Order barring refugees and foreign nationals of certain countries from entering the United States

Federal District Court blocks Trump’s Executive Order barring refugees and foreign nationals of certain countries from entering the United States
  On January 30, 2017, the State of Washington filed suit in Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington, (State of Washington v. Trump) challenging the legality and constitutionality of President Trump’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The Executive Order bars the entry of refugees from any country in the world for a period of 120 days, bars Syrian refugees from...
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Alert! Recommendations for foreign nationals living, working, or studying in the United States

Alert! Recommendations for foreign nationals living, working, or studying in the United States
  President Trump issued three Executive Orders (EOs) last week, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” and “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements," and “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The EOs are already causing great confusion and alarm within the immigrant community. We have seen EOs implemented immediately, leaving many individuals traveling outside of the United States suddenly unable to return...
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Executive Order to Protect U.S. from Terrorist Entries Causes Chaos and Confusion

Executive Order to Protect U.S. from Terrorist Entries Causes Chaos and Confusion
  On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed his third immigration-related Executive Order, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Although the title of the Executive Order suggests that it will protect our nation, the contents of the Executive Order are likely to jeopardize the safety of Americans and bona fide refugees all over the world, rather than actually protect the homeland. Since the issuance...
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Dramatic expansion of Expedited Removal under Trump’s Executive Order on Border Security

Dramatic expansion of Expedited Removal under Trump’s Executive Order on Border Security
  In his Executive Order, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, (January 25, 2017)  President Trump directs the DHS Secretary to use the “process of expedited removal” under Section 235(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA or Act) to individuals present in the United States who cannot affirmatively show that they have been continuously physically present in the United States for two (2) years prior to the date of their...
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Trump Issues Executive Orders on Immigration

Trump Issues Executive Orders on Immigration
On January 25, 2017, President Donald Trump signed two Executive Orders, entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” and “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.” The Executive Orders identify individuals who have entered the United States without inspection or admission as a significant threat to national security and public safety. The Executive Orders contain directives to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prioritize...
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New DHS Employment Regulations Could Be a Boon for Non-Profit School Districts Seeking Exemption from Annual H-1B Cap

New DHS Employment Regulations Could Be a Boon for Non-Profit School Districts Seeking Exemption from Annual H-1B Cap
The new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) final regulations, “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Improvements Affecting High Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers,” (effective date January 17, 2017), may enable non-profit schools and school districts to secure an exemption from the annual H-1B Cap, thus providing a clear pathway for these institutions to hire qualified foreign national teachers as H-1B highly skilled workers without regard to the annual limits on the...
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Kolko & Associates, P.C. welcomes Associate Attorney Angela Cifor to the team

Kolko & Associates, P.C. welcomes Associate Attorney Angela Cifor to the team
Attorney Angela Cifor has joined Kolko & Associates, P.C., as an Associate Attorney. Angela joins the firm with three years of experience in the field of U.S. immigration law. Angela grew up in Vermont and attended Lehigh University in Pennsylvania where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science, Environmental Studies and Spanish. In 2012, received her law degree from the University of Colorado. Since receiving her law degree, Angela has...
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Immigration benefits based on same-sex marriage unlikely to change under Trump administration

Immigration benefits based on same-sex marriage unlikely to change under Trump administration
With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, and the election of Mike Pence, a virulent opponent of LGBTQ rights, as Vice President of the United States, individuals in the LGBTQ immigrant community have voiced concerns about their continuing eligibility for immigration benefits based on same-sex marriage. However, individuals seeking immigration benefits based on a same-sex marriage are unlikely to see any change in their eligibility for...
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USCIS' Application Fee Increases Will Take Effect December 23, 2016

USCIS' Application Fee Increases Will Take Effect December 23, 2016
On October 24, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced fee increases for most immigration applications and petitions. USCIS operations are funded almost entirely through application fees and the agency is required to evaluate fees every two years. This is the first fee increase for USCIS in six (6) years, and we will see an average increase of 21% for fees for all applications and petitions. The Biometric Services...
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Important Information for People on DACA

Important Information for People on DACA
  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program was implemented by executive order by President Obama in June of 2012. Under this program, qualified individuals receive reprieve from any immigration enforcement action against them and an employment authorization document (EAD) valid for two years. DACA has been renewable every two years for qualified individuals. In order to qualify, applicants had to establish they entered the United States when they were...
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Employer Alert: Employers must use new Form I-9 starting on January 21, 2017

Employer Alert:  Employers must use new Form I-9 starting on January 21, 2017
On August 25, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. USCIS is scheduled to publish the new form by late November 2016. Employers are permitted to continue to use the current version of Form I-9 (version date 03/08/2013) until January 21, 2017. After that date, all prior Form I-9 versions will be invalid. It is essential that employers ensure that they utilize the correct form...
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Kolko & Associates, P.C. helps to pave the way for Q-1 Teachers at Language Immersion Schools

Kolko & Associates, P.C. helps to pave the way for Q-1 Teachers at Language Immersion Schools
On October 24, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum announcing that it designated Matter of R-C-C-S-D-, as an Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) adopted decision that binds all USCIS employees. As the law firm that spent a year and half arguing Matter of R-C-C-S-D-, with USCIS and the AAO, we are very proud that USCIS has taken this rare step of adopting the AAO decision. The...
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Are you feeling lucky? It’s Diversity Visa Lottery Time!

Are you feeling lucky?  It’s Diversity Visa Lottery Time!
The Diversity Visa Lottery is a congressionally mandated system that provides immigrant visas to randomly selected individuals from regions and countries around the globe with historically low numbers of immigrants to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2018 (which runs from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018), 50,000 immigrant visa numbers are available to individuals and qualified family members from qualifying countries if those individuals register for the Diversity Visa....
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BIA holds that it lacks jurisdiction over waivers of inadmissibility for U nonimmigrants

BIA holds that it lacks jurisdiction over waivers of inadmissibility for U nonimmigrants
In its recent decision in Matter of Khan, 26 I&N Dec. 797 (BIA 2016), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) held that an Immigration Judge does not have jurisdiction to consider a waiver of inadmissibility under section 212(d)(14) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) for an applicant for U nonimmigrant status. The BIA held that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) holds exclusive jurisdiction over both the application for U...
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