Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Green Card Issued for Unaccompanied Minor from Central America

I just learned that one of my clients, a Central American unaccompanied minor, has received his Green Card putting a permanent end to the threat of deportation.

This case had a bumpy road, as I was first able to obtain his release from detention, and obtain multiple continuances to allow for the adjudication of a special immigrant juvenile petition. Once approved I successfully moved to terminate removal to enable him to apply for his Green Card. His card arrived in the mail yesterday.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Cancelled Immigration Court Hearings Grow as Shutdown Continues


Since the beginning of the federal government shutdown, most Immigration Court hearings have been cancelled. As of January 11, the estimated number of cancellations reached 42,726. Each week the shutdown continues, cancelled hearings will likely grow by another 20,000. As many as 100,000 individuals awaiting their day in court may be impacted if the shutdown continues through the end of January.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

A review from a satisfied client:

I am full of thankful praise for the law firm of Kolken and Kolken for successfully petitioning our L1 visas (L-1A). We were referred to Mr Matthew Kolken after we were turned down by a reputable immigration attorney who said our case is too risky with a 70 % chance for failure. Mr Kolken accepted our phone-call and immediately we felt more encouraged because he gave us his time and really heard us out. He did fight our case by applying OUTSTANDING knowledge of immigration law and even overcame a Notice of Intent to Deny. We will forever be grateful Mr Matthew Kolken and Mr Rob Mietlicki. You have opened a door for my family that appeared seemingly impossible.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Matthew Kolken quoted in Business Insider:

Matthew Kolken, an immigration attorney in Buffalo, New York, echoed these sentiments and suggested an alternative to a physical border wall."

"As I like to say the most effective wall is an immigration law that permits immigrants to come here legally," Kolken told INSIDER. "America needs a viable guest worker program that suits the needs of industries with recognized labor shortages, as well as the immigrants who are willing to do the work."

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Provisional Stateside Waiver Approved

Provisional Stateside Waiver approved for a citizen of India. The immigrant visa application is in process, and once issued will allow our client, a spouse of a naturalized United States citizen, to return to this country with a Green Card.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Asylum Approved for Citizen of Yemen

Another asylum application approved, this time on behalf of a citizen of Yemen, overcoming Trump's travel ban. The application was affirmatively filed in August 2018, and was approved by the Trump administration 45 days after the interview was scheduled The next step is to reunite our client with her husband.