Month: June 2021

by Lisa York Lisa York No Comments

CYA Proud Sponsor of the CCA’s 13th Annual Almost On Canada Day Charity Golf Tournament

On Monday, June 21, 2021, Curray York & Associates (CYA) sponsored the 16th hole at the Colorado Canada Association’s Annual Almost On Canada Day Charity Golf Tournament. The Canada Colorado Association (CCA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer, business and social organization, serving Canadians and Friends of Canada happily living in Colorado. The organization’s signature event each year is its annual charity golf tournament. This year CCA is supporting the Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation (CASF), which is one of Kroenke Sports Entertainment’s chosen charities.  CCA’s contribution to CASF will flow down to the Rolling Mammoth wheelchair lacrosse team.  For more information about this inspiring group please go to Rolling Mammoth.

Attorneys Lisa York and Sarah Collins participated in the event and administered CYA’s Dice/Trivia Raffle game in which tournament participants rolled the dice and answered challenging trivia questions about golf, Canada, and U.S. Immigration! CYA will be announcing the raffle winners (by raffle ticket #) on the CYA website on July 1, 2021 (Canada Day!).

by Sarah Collins Sarah Collins No Comments

Government of Canada Eases Some Travel Restrictions

Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced details of the first phase of its approach to ease border measures for travelers entering Canada. Specifically, beginning at 11:59p.m. EDT on July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day 8. Moreover, travelers arriving by air who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to stay at a government hotel.

Fully vaccinated travelers will still be subject to all other mandatory requirements, including pre- and on-arrival testing. Travelers must also be asymptomatic, have a proper documentation of having received the full series of a vaccine or combination of vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Some provinces and territories may have their own entry restrictions in place, so it is extremely important to check any additional requirements before traveling.

The closure of Canada’s border with the United States to nonessential travel currently remains effective until July 21, 2021. For more information about this policy update or questions about your specific case,  please schedule a consultation with one of the attorneys at Curray York & Associates.

by Caroline Lee Caroline Lee No Comments

USCIS to provide work permits to applicants with pending bona fide U nonimmigrant petitions

The United States offers 10,000 U visas annually to immigrants who are victims of certain crimes and who aid law enforcement investigations or prosecutions. Under the current policy, approved U visas provide access to a work permit and the ability to apply for permanent residence after three years. USCIS automatically issues an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to principal petitioners upon the approval of the Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status. However, high demand for U visas means applicants currently wait at least five years until they can receive work authorization, according to USCIS.

On Monday, June 14, USCIS provided updated guidance in its Policy Manual on employment authorization and deferred action for principal petitioners for U nonimmigrant status and qualifying family members with pending, bona fide petitioners. The guidance has been immediately implemented and applies to all Form I-918 petitions that are currently pending, or filed on or after June 14, 2021. USCIS stated that due to drastic increases in the volume of U nonimmigrant petitions and a growing backlog awaiting placement on the waiting list for final adjudication, the agency has decided to exercise its discretion under INA 214(p)(6) to conduct bona fide determinations (BFD) and provide EADs and deferred action to noncitizens with pending, bona fide petitions who meet certain discretionary standards. The new policy guidance provides that USCIS will conduct an initial review of Form I-918 and will issue Bona Fide Determination EADs and deferred action for four years to petitioners for U nonimmigrant status and qualifying family members if USCIS deems their petition “bona fide”, instead of completing a full waiting list adjudication.

For more information about this policy update, please schedule a consultation with one of the attorneys at Curray York & Associates!

by Lisa York Lisa York No Comments

Vice President Harris visits Guatemala & Mexico to talk about migration

This week Vice President Kamala Harris travels to Guatemala and Mexico to meet with governmental officials and outline the Biden administration’s efforts to remedy the “root causes” of mass migration from Central America to the U.S.  This will be the Vice President’s first international trip.  She traveled first to Guatemala where she pledged hundreds of thousands of coronavirus vaccine doses, $310 million in regional humanitarian aid, and a $4 billion long-term plan to boost development and security across Central America.  She is also expected to discuss battling corruption and upholding democratic norms.  In Mexico, she will meet with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discuss the expansion of immigration enforcement cooperation with the U.S. as part of a regional approach to managing migration.

by Sarah Collins Sarah Collins No Comments

Among National Worker Shortage, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Calls for Immigration Reform

Companies across the United Sates are reporting a hiring crisis, unable to find workers to fill their jobs. Some employers are even offering hiring bonuses to employees, such as a $,1500 sign on bonus for certain new hires at the Isle Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. As businesses struggle to reconcile these record-high job openings, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling on Congress and the White House to reform immigration policy to encourage economic growth and job creation in the U.S. Specific examples suggested by the Chamber include: protecting Dreamers, TPS recipients, and employment-authorized H-4 dependent spouses from losing work authorization, and seeking cap increases and other reforms to employment-based visa programs to provide employers with the ability to meet their workforce needs. In addition to citing a boost in economic growth, job creation, and spurring innovation and entrepreneurship, the Chamber cites that this move would, “renew America’s legacy of being an open and welcoming country where anyone who works hard can achieve his or her dreams.”

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