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Jennifer Casey

Jennifer Casey is a Partner at Kolko & Casey, P.C. where she specializes in the field of U.S. immigration law.

Increasing uncertainty and unpredictability in H-1B adjudications Last week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received 201,011 H-1B petitions subject to the annual cap for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The Agency confirmed that on April 10, 2019, it completed its computer-generated selection process to select sufficient H-1B petitions to meet both the regular cap of 65,000 petitions and the advanced degree (master’s) cap of 20,000 petitions. In light of these numbers, employers have just over a 40%
Strike! Rights and responsibilities of H-1B employers and employees during a labor strike In the event of a labor strike, it is important that both H-1B employees and employers understand their respective rights and responsibilities. Rights of H-1B Employees Generally speaking, in order to maintain valid H-1B status in the United States, an H-1B employee is required to remain employed with her H-1B employer, under the terms set forth in the H-1B petition. In the absence of a strike, a failure to remain employed
Lawsuit Challenges Power of  Immigration Judges to Hear Cases Due to Unlawful Designation of their Delegating Authority: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker On December 4, 2018, Mr. Carlos Rojo-Ramirez, of Colorado, through his attorneys David. L. Kolko and Jennifer Casey (Kolko & Associates, P.C.), challenged President Trump’s unlawful designation of Matthew G. Whitaker as Acting Attorney General of the United States. In Rojo-Ramirez v. Trump, et. al., (18-cv-03125), filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Mr. Rojo-Ramirez asserted that U.S. Immigration Judges are temporarily operating without any legal authority
Submit DACA Renewal Applications Now Due to a Federal Court Order directing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to resume accepting renewal applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), individuals currently holding DACA and people whose DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016 are encouraged to submit DACA renewal applications to USCIS immediately. It is widely known that on September 5, 2017, President Trump terminated the DACA Program. (See DHS Rescinds the DACA Program).
Federal Judge orders DHS to resume processing DACA renewal applications for all current and prior DACA recipients On January 9, 2018, Federal Court Judge William Alsup from the Federal District Court in San Francisco, California ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to resume processing applications for renewal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) while an on-going legal challenge to the Trump Administration’s rescission of the DACA program is resolved. Judge Alsup’s order applies nationwide to all current/prior DACA holders. In June 2012, the Obama Administration announced
Trump Administration ends TPS for Haitians, ominous signs for other foreign nationals on TPS On November 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary, Elaine Duke announced it would end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Haiti is the third country to have TPS terminated under the Trump Administration, following announcements to terminate TPS for Sudan and Nicaragua in September and November 2017. TPS was established by Congress in 1990 as a way to provide humanitarian relief to foreign nationals already residing in
Unofficial reports that President Trump will end DACA program in 6 months On Sunday, September 03, 2017, Politico.com reported that the White House has “unofficially confirmed” that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with a six-month delay. As of today, it is unclear whether this reported decision to end the DACA program is confirmed. ' Also unclear is the timeline and terms for termination of the program. Another major open question is whether those with DACA
USCIS announces in-person interview requirements for employment-based lawful permanent residence applications, refugee/asylee relative petitions The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that starting on October 1, 2017, it will begin “phasing-in” mandatory in-person interviews on employment based applications for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence (Form I-485) and petitions for relatives of asylees or refugees (Form I-730). The USCIS announced it will also begin incremental expansion of interviews for other type of applications for immigration benefits. The USCIS announcement is a significant
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions for Cap-Exempt Employers On July 24, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)  announced that it would resume Premium Processing of H-1B petitions for employers who are exempt from the annual H-1B Cap. This comes as very welcome news to employers who are struggling to fill critical specialty occupation positions within their organizations in a timely fashion. The H-1B visa program allows U.S. workers to sponsor qualified professional foreign nationals for employment in
USCIS updates Federal Form I-9; New Form mandatory starting September 18, 2017 On July 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated Federal Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. Between July 17, 2017 and September 17, 2017, U.S. employers may use either the Form I-9 version date November 14, 2017 or version date July 17, 2017 for their newly hired employees. However, starting on September 18, 2017, all U.S. employers are required to complete Form I-9 version date July 17, 2017 for
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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