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USCIS Increases The H2-B Cap By 15,000

July 24, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

On July 19, 2017, the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor published a final rule increasing the numerical limit (“cap”) on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017. These visas are available only to American businesses which attest...

Narrowed Travel Ban Takes Effect

June 29, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

The Supreme Court’s order from earlier this week allowed a narrowed version of the Trump Administration’s travel ban for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen to take effect.  The government has announced that the ban will take effect on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 8:00pm...

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Travel Ban Case, Revives Limited Version of Ban While Case is Pending

June 27, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

In an order dated June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the government’s appeal of two lower court decisions blocking President Trump’s executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days. In the...

Supreme Court Issues Pivotal Decision Concerning Denaturalization

June 26, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

On June 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a key decision for those facing denaturalization – it narrowed the grounds on which naturalized citizens can have their citizenship revoked.  The case centers around Divna Maslenjak, an ethnic Serb born in what is now Bosnia and...

Gender-Based Distinction for Acquiring U.S. Citizenship through Parents Held Unconstitutional

June 15, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

Until just a few days ago, individuals born abroad to U.S. citizen parents faced different standards in acquiring their U.S. citizenship depending on whether their mother or their father were U.S. citizens. Under section 309 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), if you were born abroad...

Denver ICE To Continue “Chilling” Practice of Making Courthouse Arrests. (Plus, What Is a U Visa, and Could I Be Eligible?)

June 9, 2017|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

In April, following the appearance of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents near a charter high school in west Denver and at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse in downtown Denver, Colorado, Mayor Hancock and a number of other city and county leaders sent a letter to the local ICE...

New CBP Program Will Remind Travelers of their Departure Date

June 8, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

Customs and Border Protection, (“CBP”) is implementing a new program to remind certain travelers of their last possible departure date from the United States. CBP will start the program for travelers eligible for the visa waiver program (“VWP”). CBP plans to expand this program to other...

Block on Trump Travel Ban Upheld and Why Having a Lawyer in Immigration Matters, Matters

May 30, 2017|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia upheld the block of Trump’s travel and refugee ban to prevent it from being implemented. The executive order in question, issued in late January by the newly-instated head of state, resulted in hundreds of people being...

Denver Passes Sentencing Changes to Help Immigrants

May 26, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

The Denver City Council unanimously voted to pass a proposal that could help immigrants facing low-level city court criminal sentences. Before this proposal was passed, the Denver city code allowed for a maximum penalty of one year in jail for any city ordinance violation. The new code will divide...

Denver Reforms Criminal Sentences to Protect Low Level Offenders from Deportation

May 25, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

The maximum possible sentence for a criminal offense often impacts the potential immigration consequences for conviction. In particular, whether an offense has the potential to render a noncitizen deportable may depend on whether the maximum possible sentence is one year or longer under 8 U.S.C. §...

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