Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Highest Annual Total of Civil Immigration Naturalization Lawsuits in a Decade


The latest available data from the federal courts show that during December 2018 the government reported 37 new federal civil immigration naturalization lawsuits. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, this number is up 26% over the last six months. This continues an upward monthly trend in naturalization litigation evident since March 2017 after President Trump assumed office - a trend that has accelerated over the last six months.

During calendar year 2018 the government reported 380 federal civil immigration naturalization lawsuits. This marked the highest annual total since the 2008-2009 period. See previous TRAC report on earlier trends.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A review from a satisfied client:

Having been represented by two previous Immigration attorneys with undesirable outcomes, my wife and I were initially unsettled and quite skeptical when we consulted Mr. Matthew Kolken. However, he reassured us that he would do the best he could to resolve our case and he would “hold our hands through the entire process". Our Green Card petition was granted just like he assured us. His paralegal, Mari Jo who was very reassuring throughout the entire process gave us updates during each phase. I would definitely recommend Mr. Kolken to anyone who needs EFFECTIVE legal representation in immigration related matters because he is committed to his clients until their cases are resolved.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Green Cards Approved for Husband and Wife Living without Documentation for Over Twenty Years

I just received the approval notices granting lawful permanent residency for a husband and wife who had been living in the country without authorization for over twenty years. It always feels amazing to be able to tell someone that they no longer have to fear deportation, and that they are finally on a path to citizenship.

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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