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Implications of Social Media Question on DS-160 and DS-260

Implications of Social Media Question on DS-160 and DS-260
The U.S. Department of State is now asking applicants for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to provide information about their social media accounts. The U.S. Department of State has added a social media question to Forms DS-160 and DS-260, the standard online applications for applicants seeking immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to the United States. The new question asks for social media usernames (or “handles”) used within the last five years for 20...
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Trump Administration to Begin Increased Enforcement of Sponsors’ Financial Obligations Based on Affidavit of Support

Trump Administration to Begin Increased Enforcement of Sponsors’ Financial Obligations Based on Affidavit of Support
An Applicant/Beneficiary for an immigrant visa or for adjustment of status must demonstrate that he or she is not inadmissible due to his or her likelihood to become a public charge. This requirement is based upon the U.S. government’s concern that Applicants/Beneficiaries will become lawful permanent residents and then become reliant on public benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or “food stamps”) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families...
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Potential ICE Raids: Know Your Rights

Potential ICE Raids: Know Your Rights
  **Updated July 14, 2019 If you or your family members are impacted by ICE Raids, please call the Colorado Rapid Response Network for assistance 1-844-864-8341  There have been widespread reports this past weekend that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may conduct raids throughout major cities in the United States, including Denver. The raids may target individuals who have been ordered removed/deported but remained in the United States. It is vital...
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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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Two Top Honors - David Kolko, Kolko & Casey, P.C. - Denver Colorado

Two Top Honors -  David Kolko, Kolko & Casey, P.C. - Denver Colorado
Kolko and Casey, P.C. announces the 2019 selection of Managing Attorney, David Kolko for two esteemed honors in the field of immigration law, from both 5280 Magazine and Super Lawyers. Both these recognitions, which are based upon recommendations from peers in the immigration legal field, confirm what we already know: That we are fortunate for the experience and dedication of David Kolko at the head of our firm. For the fourth...
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TPS Extended through January 2, 2020 for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua & Sudan

TPS Extended through January 2, 2020 for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua & Sudan
On February 28, 2019 the Department of Homeland Security announced that it was extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan until January 2, 2020. TPS beneficiaries from El Salvador, Haiti, 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 for individuals from those four countries to...
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Strike! Rights and responsibilities of H-1B employers and employees during a labor strike

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...
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2019 Brings Changes to Firm Ownership and Firm Name: Kolko & Casey, P.C.

2019 Brings Changes to Firm Ownership and Firm Name: Kolko & Casey, P.C.
David Kolko and Jennifer Casey are both very pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2019, our law firm, Kolko & Associates, P.C., has changed its name to Kolko & Casey, P.C.  With the addition of Jennifer Casey to the ownership team, the firm is continuing its evolution for the future.  With seven attorneys and extensive legal experience in the field of U.S. Immigration Law, the firm will continue to serve...
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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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Lawsuit Challenges Power of Immigration Judges to Hear Cases Due to Unlawful Designation of their Delegating Authority: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker

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...
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Federal Judge Stops Presidential Proclamation on Asylum at the Southern Border

Federal Judge Stops Presidential Proclamation on Asylum at the Southern Border
On November 9, 2018, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation suspending the entry of aliens through the southern border of the United States at any location other than a port of entry, or international bridge. On the same day, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a related federal rule barring asylum seekers from qualifying for asylum if they enter the United States in violation...
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USCIS Proposes a Pre-Registration Period for the Cap-Subject H-1B Visa Program

USCIS Proposes a Pre-Registration Period for the Cap-Subject H-1B Visa Program
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a new rule making changes to the annual selection process for H-1B visas. H-1B visas are currently limited to 65,000 per fiscal year, with an additional 20,000 “Master’s cap” H-1B visas available to workers with a Master’s degree from a U.S. university. Each year for the past several years, the demand for H-1B visas has far outpaced this statutory limitation. The result...
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DHS Intends to Publish Proposed Rule Rescinding H-4 Work Authorization by End of Year

DHS Intends to Publish Proposed Rule Rescinding H-4 Work Authorization by End of Year
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has advised that it is on track to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by the end of the year that would rescind the rule permitting employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses. This timeline was announced in a court filing last month by DHS in the ongoing litigation around the H-4 employment authorization regulations. H-4 non-immigrants are the spouses and children of non-immigrants in...
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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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What is happening with DACA? Where we are, and we where we could be heading…

What is happening with DACA? Where we are, and we where we could be heading…
It has been almost one year since U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions announced that the government was terminating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program which offers work permits and deportation relief to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. However, thanks to multiple lawsuits filed in Federal Courts across the country, challenging the legality of the termination of DACA, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has continued...
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Supreme Court Upholds Trump Administration Travel Ban

Supreme Court Upholds Trump Administration Travel Ban
  On June 26, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely watched “Travel Ban” case, Trump v. Hawaii. The Court found that the Trump administration was within its authority in issuing Proclamation No. 9645, which suspends the issuance of visas to foreign nationals of seven countries. The Proclamation at issue was the third iteration of travel bans issued by the Trump Administration, which have been the subject...
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TPS Beneficiaries from Nepal Must Re-register before July 23, 2018

TPS Beneficiaries from Nepal Must Re-register before July 23, 2018
On May 22, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the final registration period for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for citizens of Nepal is open and beneficiaries must re-register before July 23, 2019. Beneficiaries of TPS from Nepal are currently granted protection and employment authorization until June 24, 2018.  Due to the anticipated delay in processing the re-registration applications, USCIS has automatically extended employment authorization for all Nepalese...
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USCIS Announces Completion of Receipt for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions for FY 2019

USCIS Announces Completion of Receipt for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions for FY 2019
On May 15, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had completed its electronic data entry for receipt of all H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions selected for Fiscal Year 2019. USCIS previously announced on April 11, 2018 that it had completed the random selection process for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions. The May 15 announcement indicates that each of those H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions which were selected under this “cap” have now...
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Life After TPS: Evaluate Your Options

Life After TPS: Evaluate Your Options
In recent months the Trump Administration has terminated the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program for multiple countries and is reviewing the continued designation of several others. TPS for Hondurans was terminated and will only continue through July 5, 2018. The TPS designation for Nicaragua will terminate on January 5, 2019. TPS for individuals from Haiti was also terminated and the protected status will only continue through July 22, 2019. Individuals from...
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