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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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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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Senior Associate Attorney Abbie Weibel provides volunteer legal support to arriving immigrants at Denver International Airport

Senior Associate Attorney Abbie Weibel provides volunteer legal support to arriving immigrants at Denver International Airport
  On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Senior Associate Attorney Abbie Weibel joined other Colorado volunteer attorneys in the Due Process in Action (DPIA) Pro Bono Legal Project at Denver International Airport (DIA). Since Saturday, January 28, 2017, DPIA volunteer attorneys have been available to assist arriving immigrants and family members at DIA impacted by President Trump’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The primary...
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David Kolko provides legal advice on LawLine 9 to concerned immigrants

David Kolko provides legal advice on LawLine 9 to concerned immigrants
  The Executive Orders issued by the Trump administration over the past week have caused chaos and confusion throughout the country. Foreign nationals from all over the world are concerned about the impact on their lives and the lives of family members. This includes individuals in the United States with lawful status and our undocumented population. Last night, Managing Partner David Kolko participated in Denver’s 9NEWS’ Law Line 9. Mr. Kolko...
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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 version of Federal Form I-9 is now mandatory

New version of Federal Form I-9 is now mandatory
As of January 21, 2017, all U.S. employers are required to complete the new, updated Federal I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form, (version date November 14, 2016) for all newly hired employees. The new form I-9 can be found at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website. Please do be sure that your company’s Human Resources team is using the correct version of the Federal Form I-9. For more information about...
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