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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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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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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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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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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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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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05/15/2020 – UPDATE EOIR – Non-detained Hearings Postponed through June 12, 2020 and Status of other Immigration Office Closures due to COVID19

05/15/2020 – UPDATE EOIR – Non-detained Hearings Postponed through June 12, 2020 and Status of other Immigration Office Closures due to COVID19
Below, please find the latest information regarding COVID 19 related office closures as of May 15, 2020 Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR): Non-detained Cases postponed through June 12, 2020 On May 15, 2020, EOIR announced that hearings in non-detained cases are postponed through June 12, 2020. This order applies to all non-detained cases nationwide. The Denver Immigration Court – located at 1961 Stout Street, Denver, Colorado – is still open...
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04/28/2020 – UPDATE on USCIS, EOIR, and DOS COVID 19 Related Office Closures

04/28/2020 – UPDATE on USCIS, EOIR, and DOS COVID 19 Related Office Closures
Below, please find the latest information regarding COVID 19 related office closures as of April 28, 2020 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): - Temporary office closures extended through June 04, 2020 USCIS announced on April 24, 2020 that they are extending the temporary suspension of in-person services at least through June 04, 2020. USCIS advised that Local Field Offices and in-person services at local offices and support centers are preparing...
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UPDATE on USCIS, EOIR & DOS COVID-19 Related Office Closures

UPDATE on USCIS, EOIR & DOS COVID-19 Related Office Closures
We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.  In an effort to keep you informed and up-to-date with applicable COVID-19 related closures and delays at the various immigration agencies, we plan to provide regular blog posts and updates. Below, please find the latest information as of April 2, 2020: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): Temporary office closure extended through at least May 03, 2020. USCIS announced on...
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Update on Immigration Restrictions and Government Office Closures implemented in Response to Coronavirus Spread

Update on Immigration Restrictions and Government Office Closures implemented in Response to Coronavirus Spread
As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, the federal government has implemented a number of restrictions and office closures in an effort to help slow the spread of the virus. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):Local Field Offices and Application Support Centers Closed until at least April 07, 2020 (On March 25, 2020, USCIS extended closures from April 1, 2020  to April 7, 2020). Starting on March 18,...
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Kolko & Casey is here to assist during the COVID-19 Health Crisis

Kolko & Casey is here to assist during the COVID-19 Health Crisis
Dear Kolko & Casey clients, friends and community: During these difficult and unpredictable times, we wanted to reach out and let you know that we are here. We remain dedicated to our Firm’s mission to contribute to the enhancement of the United States by providing creative and high-quality immigration legal services to families, businesses and individuals, with a commitment to superior customer service and communication in a collegial and supportive environment....
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USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process

USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has formally announced that it will implement the new H-1B registration final rule for Fiscal Year 2021. The H-1B registration system will involve an initial electronic registration process, in which employers may register for potential H-1B workers to be entered into the annual H-1B cap lottery. Those whose registrations are selected will then be permitted to file H-1B petitions to be considered on...
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USCIS Expects to Implement Pre-Registration Requirement for H-1B Lottery for Next Year, but No Formal Announcement Yet

USCIS Expects to Implement Pre-Registration Requirement for H-1B Lottery for Next Year, but No Formal Announcement Yet
On January 31, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule making significant changes to how it will conduct the annual cap-subject H-1B lottery process. The rule creates an online “pre-registration” and selection requirement for companies intending to use the H-1B visa program to sponsor foreign workers. The Acting Director of USCIS, Ken Cuccinelli, recently announced that he believes USCIS will be ready to implement the...
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DACA Update – Supreme Court to Review Challenges to Termination of DACA Program

DACA Update – Supreme Court to Review Challenges to Termination of DACA Program
On September 05, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it would terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Now, nearly two years later, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the legal challenges to the program. The Supreme Court will hear arguments from parties from both sides of the issue on November 12, 2019. Which means a decision on the case is expected no later than June 2020....
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USCIS Announces Major Changes to Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

USCIS Announces Major Changes to Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a final rule that will transform how USCIS interprets and implements the “public charge” ground of inadmissibility under Section 212(a)(4) Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This new rule is a major change from prior policy and affects all people applying to receive lawful permanent residency through the adjustment of status process in the United States, including...
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USCIS Denver Field Office changes InfoPass Appointment Policy

USCIS Denver Field Office changes InfoPass Appointment Policy
In the past, Applicants for immigration benefits, their representatives, and other stakeholders were able to go online to schedule an appointment with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) at their local field office. These appointments, called InfoPass appointments, are an important tool to help people navigate the immigration system and allowed peopled to ask questions about a pending case, check the status of a case, and/or receive important documents related to...
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Increasing uncertainty and unpredictability in H-1B adjudications

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%...
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Updates on the Termination of Temporary Status (TPS) by the Trump Administration

Updates on the Termination of Temporary Status (TPS) by the Trump Administration
Temporary Protected Status or TPS, is a temporary immigration benefit for individuals from a country that is experiencing ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or another temporary serious condition. Individuals who are granted TPS receive two main benefits: 1) protection from deportation/removal; and 2) authorization to work in the United States. In September 2017 the Trump Administration decided to end TPS for Sudan. In November, the administration decided to end TPS for...
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Fate of DACA Still Unclear

Fate of DACA Still Unclear
When the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be terminated, they directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reject all initial applications received after September 05, 2017, and reject all renewal applications filed after October 05, 2017. We now find ourselves over a year later and the overall fate of the DACA program remains unclear. Previous DACA recipients may still continue to...
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Can I Apply for U.S. Citizenship if My I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions is Still Pending?

Can I Apply for U.S. Citizenship if My I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions is Still Pending?
If you were issued a two-year lawful permanent resident card, this means that your residency status is conditional and you will need petition to remove the conditions on your residency. This is done by filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residency with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the 90-day window prior to the expiration of your conditional residency card. Lately, USCIS is taking well over 18...
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