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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. My Candidacy for AILA Board of Governors

    by , 03-12-2018 at 11:22 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I have been selected by the Nominating Committee as a candidate for the office of Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Board of Governors. For those who don't know me, I maintain a full service immigration law practice, handling cases in all areas of immigration and nationality law with a focus on deportation defense before Immigration Courts throughout the United States, appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. I have been a member of AILA since 1997.

    During the last three years I have served as the EOIR liaison for the Upstate New York Chapter, and was awarded the chapter's Equal Justice Under the Law Peter J. Murrett III Pro Bono Award in recognition for community service. In addition, I was awarded the New York Law Journal's Lawyer Who Leads by Example award for 2015 for providing pro bono representation to refugee children before the immigration court. In 2017, I received the Erie County Bar Association's Pro Bono Award in recognition and appreciation for pro bono legal services performed in immigration matters before the Court.

    I am honored to already have had my candidacy endorsed by Charles Kuck, Doug Stump, Margaret D. Stock, Amy Maldonado, Danielle Rizzo, and Daniel Thomann, Rosanna Berardi, Mechelle Zarou, Isabel Barbarin, Daniel Joyce, Rita Georges and Michael Serotte, Tracy A. Powell and Steve Brent, Jeff Zimskin, Ramon Rivera, Lindsay Curcio, James D Eiss, Barbara C. Brenner, Jennifer Behm, Kurt Saccone, Siana J. McLean, Nina F. Juncewicz, Michael Marszalkowski, Joseph C. Grasmick, and Russell W. Roberts.

    If elected my focus will be on the improvement and expansion of member benefits, transparency of governance, and the limitation of advocacy messaging to nonpartisan analysis of the immigration law.

    I believe that AILA's main focus should be on serving the members of the organization, and it has a fiduciary responsibility to avoid advocating for policies that will harm our members financially.

    I also believe that AILA's advocacy efforts have been both ineffective and detrimental to the reputation of the organization. Moving forward, I will fight to limit AILA’s official messaging to strict legal analysis of immigration law and procedure, addressing deprivations of due process, and administrative deficiencies.

    It goes without saying that I have been one of AILA's harshest critics, but I am willing to make my voice heard from the inside in an effort to make our association better.

    Thank you for your kind consideration.

    Updated 03-16-2018 at 08:32 AM by MKolken

  2. All BIA Remand Decisions From October 2014 to December 2016

  3. Re-Registration Period Opens for Syrians with Temporary Protected Status

    by , 03-05-2018 at 01:02 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    News Release
    March 5, 2018

    Re-Registration Period Opens for Syrians with Temporary Protected Status
    Work permits expiring March 31 are automatically extended through Sept. 27

    WASHINGTON—Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Syria’s designation who want to maintain their status through Sept. 30, 2019, must re-register between March 5 and May 4. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation, have been published in the Federal Register and on the USCIS website.

    All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Applicants may also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, when they file Form I-821, or separately at a later date. Both forms are free on USCIS’ website at

    USCIS will issue new EADs with a Sept. 30, 2019, expiration date to eligible Syrian TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs. However, given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS is automatically extending the validity of EADs with an expiration date of March 31 for 180 days, through Sept. 27.

    To be eligible for TPS under Syria’s current designation, individuals must have continuously resided in the United States since Aug. 1, 2016, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since Oct. 1, 2016, along with meeting the other eligibility requirements.

    On Jan. 31, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her determination that the conditions supporting Syria’s TPS designation continue. The secretary made her decision after reviewing country conditions and consulting with appropriate U.S. government agencies. Before the 18-month extension ends, the secretary will review conditions in Syria to determine whether its TPS designation should be extended again or terminated.

    For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), and Facebook (/uscis).
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