July 10th, 2020
The Elevation Law Team is doing our part to keep our community safe and flatten the curve in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. No one knows what the next weeks or months may bring, but we remain committed to offering you support and guidance throughout your immigration case.
Our Dillon, Vail, and Leadville office locations are open and serving our clients. Please note that we are still requesting clients schedule video or telephone meetings whenever possible in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. If a trip to our offices is necessary, we ask that our clients follow the counties' public health orders to wear a face mask at all times during your visit.
June 18th, 2020
Today, The Supreme Court protected DACA, a victory immigrant youth and advocates have fought so hard for!
Can I submit an application for DACA for the first time?
Not yet. The Supreme Court’s decision means that DACA should be fully reinstated, allowing for first time DACA requests. With that said, DHS will need to reopen the DACA policy for new requests consistent with today’s decision and this may not happen immediately.
I have DACA. Can I renew my DACA?
Yes! If you have been granted DACA before, you should be able to submit an application to renew DACA. Talk to an immigration attorney if you have questions.
March 19, 2020
Information about COVID-19
Elevation Law is taking proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of our community following the recent virus outbreak. To support the efforts of the COVID-19 response, we will not be holding meetings at our office locations until advised that it is safe to do so by state authorities. However, we will have video and telephone options available to our clients who need assistance.
We know the upcoming weeks are going to be very challenging times for the members of our community and we are here to support you. Our dedicated staff will be available by telephone Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm to assist you. You may reach us at (970)455-1013 with questions or concerns.
August 5th, 2019
Elevation Law is hiring, please share widely and encourage interested candidates to join us in the fight for immigrants. We are seeking a bilingual, dependable individual who can help us deliver the best service to our new and existing clients. We are an immigration law firm with locations in Aurora and Dillon. The position will be located at our Aurora office.
Job requirements include Spanish fluency, basic PC skills, and familiarity with using a copier, scanner, and printer. Must be proficient in Word and Excel with excellent telephone and communication skills.
Job duties will involve administrative responsibilities such as answering the phone, managing client relations, new client intake, sending and receiving correspondence, scheduling, research projects, translations, scanning, database entry, and file management.
Candidates must have exceptional organizational skills and passion for protecting immigrants’ rights. There is a lot of room for growth with our office! Salary DOE. Medical benefits offered.
Email to submit a resume and cover letter.
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June 11, 2019
One year ago, Jeff Sessions (then Attorney General) denied asylum to Ms. A.B., a woman from El Salvador who bravely sought protection in the United States after enduring over 15 years of extreme physical, sexual, and psychological abuse from her ex-husband in El Salvador.
In his ruling, known as Matter of A-B-, Sessions overturned a landmark legal precedent that had affirmed the right of domestic violence survivors to seek asylum, characterizing these harms as “private” matters that our government does not have a responsibility to address.
He used Ms. A.B.’s case to undermine access to protection for countless asylum seekers fleeing gender-based violence, gang violence, and other harms.
On June 11, we are calling for Matter of A-B- to be overturned once and for all, and for our government to respect the rights and dignity of asylum seekers. Join us and stand with women seeking asylum so that they may survive, and find the safety and justice that all women deserve.
Hace un año, Jeff Sessions, quien era el Fiscal General de EE. UU. en ese tiempo, negó el asilo a la Sra. A.B., una mujer de El Salvador, quien valientemente buscó protección en los EE. UU después aguantar más de15 años de abuso físico, sexual y psicológico a manos de su marido.
En su decisión en caso conocido como Asunto de A-B, Sessions revocó un precedente nacional, el cual había resuelto un debate en Estados Unidos al establecer que las sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica merecen protección bajo nuestras leyes. Según la opinión de Sessions, las mujeres inmigrantes como ella generalmente no pueden mostrar que son elegibles para recibir asilo porque la violencia doméstica es un problema privado que el gobierno estadounidense no tiene la responsabilidad de resolver.
Sessions uso Asunto de A-B para negar acceso a protecciones para muchas solicitantes de asilo que escapan violencia de género, violencia de las pandillas y otros peligros.
Acompáñanos el 11 de junio para exigir que la decisión en Asunto de A-B sea recovada ahora y para siempre, y que nuestro gobierno respete los derechos y dignidad de las solicitantes de asilo.
April 15, 2019
On Tax Day, we want to remind you that if all undocumented immigrants were deported, next year’s Social Security trust funds would have approximately $13 billion less for benefit payouts. That is a considerable loss of dollars, especially when it is projected that the Social Security funds will be depleted by 2034.
El Día de los impuestos, queremos recordarle que si todos los inmigrantes indocumentados fueran deportados, los fondos fiduciarios de la Seguridad Social del próximo año tendrían aproximadamente $ 13 mil millones menos para pagos de beneficios. Esa es una pérdida considerable de dólares, especialmente cuando se proyecta que los fondos de la Seguridad Social se agotarán para 2034.
October 20, 2018
Elevation Law is Hiring!
Elevation Law invites applications for a new bilingual Associate Attorney opening with our Aurora, Colorado office. This is an exciting career path for a committed attorney with a strong passion for fighting injustice and standing up for human rights. We offer unique and creative opportunities to engage in challenging, rewarding work for clients!
Our Aurora office primarily focuses on immigration litigation before EOIR and BIA, including removal defense and bond hearings. We represent clients in family-based petitions, asylum/refugee law, U visas, VAWA, SIJS, DACA, and naturalization cases.
- Juris Doctor degree with current admission in good standing to a State Bar (Colorado bar admission preferred);
- Fluency in spoken/written Spanish;
- Excellent written/oral communication, analytical, organizational, and time management skills;
- Leadership skills and effective communication with staff, clients, community partners, government officials, and others in a professional manner;
- A minimum of 1-2 years of immigration law experience is preferred.
TERMS: Salary DOE. Our firm offers flexibility with scheduling, vacation days, signing bonus, and a supportive work environment. Occasional travel within the state may be required. Elevation Law is an equal opportunity employer.
TO APPLY: Submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates are urged to be specific regarding the level of Spanish fluency in their cover letter.
September 13, 2018
New USCIS Policy Regarding Case Processing & Requests for Evidence
USCIS has implemented a new policy regarding how applications will be processed for applications filed on or after September 12, 2018. Under the new policy, any application that is submitted without all required initial evidence or, from the evidence submitted, that does not prove that the applicant is eligible for the benefit sought can be denied without requesting the necessary, additional evidence from the applicant.
Under the previous policy, USCIS would issue a Request for Evidence prior to denying the application to give the applicant an opportunity to file the necessary, additional evidence before making the decision to approve or deny the application.
Note: This new policy does not apply to Asylum or DACA applicants.
August 3rd, 2018
On Wednesday, August 8th there will be a preliminary injunction hearing in Texas v. Nielsen. The case is challenging the legality of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Thus there is a looming possibility that USCIS will be ordered to stop accepting DACA renewal applications. As such, we urge all DACA recipients to submit renewal applications as soon as possible if your DACA is set to expire soon. USCIS is still not accepting new DACA applications. DACA currently protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
July 19th, 2018
Recent USCIS Policy Changes: What this Means for You
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced two upcoming policy changes: the first regarding how USCIS officials will review applications and petitions, and the second regarding the issuance of a Notice to Appear (NTA) and the initiation of removal proceedings. The new policies will result in more case denials and a higher risk of denied applicants being placed before an immigration judge.
The first announcement occured on June 28, 2018, where USCIS clearly states that immigration officials reviewing applications can issue a denial without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). This only applies to cases where the applicant is not eligible for the benefit or in cases where the required initial evidence submitted with the application is incomplete. Before this policy change, USCIS often issued an RFE or a NOID in cases that lacked sufficient evidence. This allowed for a constructive dialogue between immigration officials, immigration attorneys, and the applicants. This shift indicates that USCIS is becoming stricter in processing cases that lack sufficient evidence or information.
The second announcement on July 13, 2018 states that immigration officials can refer applicants’ cases to Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to initiate removal proceedings, which may result in deportation. This is a major shift away from how USCIS has been handling cases where the applicant is denied a benefit, abandons the application, or withdraws the application. This policy change will take effect on September 11th, 2018.
Now more than ever we want to stress the importance of consulting with an experienced attorney for your immigration case. Due to these recent changes in USCIS policy, it is imperative to ensure that (1) you are eligible for the immigration benefit you seek, and (2) any application you plan to file with USCIS is complete and includes all required documentation.
June 12, 2018
New Office Locations!
February 26, 2018
Mountain Dreamers broadcasting live from Summit County!
November 15, 2017
Renewing Your Lawful Permanent Residence Card
At Elevation Law, we prioritize our clients’ well-being and their families. That is why we want to remind you about the importance of tracking the expiration date of your lawful permanent residence (“LPR”) cards, commonly known as “green cards.” Failing to renew your LPR card before it expires could be major.
Furthermore, it is worth highlighting the importance of following the right procedures to obtain a LPR card renewal. If you have a ten year LPR card, you should contact our office at least six months prior to its expiration. We will help you obtain a new residence card through the Form I-90. If you have a two year green card, it means that you are a conditional permanent resident. Therefore, the process to obtain a renewal is not going to be the same as the process to renew a ten year green card. Please contact our office at (970)455-1013 so we can determine the proper renewal process for your individual case.
February 9, 2017
Summit Daily Newspaper Article
Fear prevalent in Summit County’s immigrant population, attorneys say
By Jack Queen | February 9, 2017