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USCIS issues new form I-485 with question related to controlled substance use

USCIS issues new form I-485 with question related to controlled substance use
On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a new edition of Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. If an individual is eligible to apply for Lawful Permanent Residence status in the United States, he or she will file this form with USCIS. Starting August 25, 2017, USCIS will only accept this newest edition of Form I-485 (version date 06/26/2017). The new edition...
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Local efforts result in proposed Denver Ordinance aimed at reducing immigrant fear

Local efforts result in proposed Denver Ordinance aimed at reducing immigrant fear
On August 16, 2017, the City of Denver issued Ordinance 17-0940, New Denver Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Proposal. The proposed ordinance was created to protect immigrants and refugees in the midst of increased federal immigration enforcement. Local immigration advocates, policy directors, and community organizers worked closely with Denver City Council members and Mayor Hancock’s Office to create this proposed ordinance, which memorializes Denver’s existing policies limiting the city’s role in federal...
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U.S. State Department temporarily halts issuance of Non-Immigrant Visas in Russia

U.S. State Department temporarily halts issuance of Non-Immigrant Visas in Russia
On Monday, August 21, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced that it will temporarily stop issuing non-immigrant visas (NIVs), which include U.S. temporary visas for the purpose of business, work and tourism. The State Department has indicated that the decision to halt the issuance of NIVs is made as a direct response to the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent order to cut the personnel of the U.S. diplomatic missions in...
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Happy Solar Eclipse!!

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Denver, Colorado was within 90 percent coverage of the sun for the solar eclipse today.     Here's some of the Kolko & Associates, PC staff,  (safely) enjoying the view.   
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Uncertainty for DACA Increases, as Potential Legal Challenges Loom

Uncertainty for DACA Increases, as Potential Legal Challenges Loom
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a policy implemented by an Obama Executive Order in 2012 that protects young undocumented immigrants, is in the news again as both supporters and those in opposition to the program push the Trump Administration to make a decision about DACA’s future. Ten state Attorneys General, led Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, sent a letter on June 29, 2017 to U.S. Attorney General Jeff...
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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions for Cap-Exempt Employers

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...
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USCIS updates Federal Form I-9; New Form mandatory starting September 18, 2017

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...
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Supreme Court Will Hear Travel Ban Case, Allows Parts to Take Effect in the Meantime

Supreme Court Will Hear Travel Ban Case, Allows Parts to Take Effect in the Meantime
On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided it will hear arguments in October on President Trump’s travel ban and that the current executive order can be enforced against individuals who lack “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” while they examine the case. The Travel Ban The travel ban, which is sometimes referred to as...
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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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Jennifer Casey selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star

Jennifer Casey selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star
Kolko and Associates, P.C. is very pleased to announce that Partner Jennifer Casey has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star  for 2017. This is the second consecutive year that Ms. Casey has been selected for this honor. For more information on Jennifer Casey, our firm or immigration legal matters, please contact Kolko & Associates, P.C.
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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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Abogada Abbie Weibel aparece en el Noticiero TVMET

Abogada Abbie Weibel aparece en el Noticiero TVMET
  El 4 de marzo, abogada Abbie Weibel apareció en el canal estudiantil de Metropolitan State University of Denver, Noticiero TVMET para contestar preguntas frecuentes de la comunidad de inmigrantes en el estado de Colorado. La abogada contestó preguntas acerca del proceso de la ciudadanía en los estados unidos y lo complicado que pueda ser obtener la residencia en los estados unidos si uno tiene múltiples entradas sin permiso en este...
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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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David Kolko on Denver’s Channel 7 Politics Unplugged

David Kolko on Denver’s Channel 7 Politics Unplugged
  On Sunday, February 26, 2017, Managing Partner David Kolko appeared on Denver’s Channel 7 Politics Unplugged to discuss current immigration policy under the Trump Administration. Mr. Kolko provided insights into the recent Executive Orders and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Memoranda regarding interior immigration enforcement and border security. Mr. Kolko discussed the expansive nature of the Executive Orders and DHS Memoranda, and highlighted the lack of clarity within those documents...
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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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David Kolko on The Craig Silverman Show

David Kolko on The Craig Silverman Show
  On February 11, 2017, Managing Partner David Kolko appeared on the Craig Silverman Show on Denver’s KNUS 710 Radio to discuss U.S. immigration law and policy. Mr. Kolko and Mr. Silverman discussed the recent increase in immigration enforcement under the Trump Administration and other issues facing immigrants and the country today. Listen to Mr. Kolko’s insights on immigration here: https://craigsilverman.podbean.com/e/the-craig-silverman-show-feb-11-2017-hr-3/ For more information about David Kolko, our law firm, or...
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Extranjeros en EEUU tienen derechos legales en este pais

Extranjeros en EEUU tienen derechos legales en este pais
  El 25 de enero, 2017, Presidente Donald Trump hizo ordenes ejecutivas que aumentan el uso de expulsión rápida y detención de inmigrantes en EEUU. Gente en EEUU sin documentación o quienes podrían estar sospechados de no tener estatus legal en EEUU, deben saber del riesgo alto de estar parado y detenido por el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (“ICE” por sus siglas en ingles). Esa gente debe estar...
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Foreign nationals in the USA have legal rights if detained by ICE

Foreign nationals in the USA have legal rights if detained by ICE
  On January 25, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Orders that dramatically expand the use of Expedited Removal Procedures (removal without a hearing in front of an Immigration Judge) and detention of immigrants in the USA. People in the USA without documentation, or who could be suspected of lacking documentation, should be aware of increased immigration enforcement and risk of detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). These people should...
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