Elizabeth A. Olivera

Associate

Chicago

(312) 382-3139

(312) 382-8910

Recent Publication:

USCIS Updates Policies to Improve Immigration Services [Alert]

Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss the USCIS's new policy updates to the policy manual that will clarify the criteria and circumstances for expedited processing; improve the existing request for evidence and notice of intent to deny guidance; and increase the validity period for initial and renewal employment authorization documents for certain noncitizens with pending adjustment of status applications.

Elizabeth's practice focuses on employment-based immigration for institutional clients and multinational corporations. She works with clients from a wide variety of industries, including technology, engineering, manufacturing, and utilities. She assists clients in acquiring employment-based visas for key employees so they will be authorized for employment in the United States.

Elizabeth serves on the board of governors for the National Filipino American Lawyers Association as alternate regional governor for the Central Region and as co-chair of the Young Lawyers Committee. She also serves on the board of directors of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago.

Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth was an extern to the Honorable Timothy A. Barnes, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois. Elizabeth was also a summer associate at Cozen O'Connor. Throughout law school, she was a research assistant to both Professor Wendy Epstein and Professor Gregory Mark. Prior to law school, Elizabeth was an intern and summer associate at two Chicago law firms.  

Elizabeth earned her undergraduate degree from Drake University. Elizabeth earned her law degree from DePaul University College of Law. While in law school, she was the associate editor of the DePaul Law Review and served as the Student Bar Association vice president, secretary, and a first-year senator.

News

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Elizabeth Olivera Named to Board of Directors of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association

November 19, 2019

Cozen O’Connor attorney Elizabeth Olivera, an associate in the firm’s national Labor & Employment practice in Chicago, has been named to the Board of Directors of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA).

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Elizabeth Olivera Named to Board of Directors of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago

March 04, 2019

Cozen O’Connor attorney Elizabeth Olivera, an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice in Chicago, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA Chicago).

Publications

USCIS Updates Policies to Improve Immigration Services [Alert]

June 10, 2021

Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss the USCIS's new policy updates to the policy manual that will clarify the criteria and circumstances for expedited processing; improve the existing request for evidence and notice of intent to deny guidance; and increase the validity period for initial and renewal employment authorization documents for certain noncitizens with pending adjustment of status applications.

U.S. Citizens May Return to the U.S. on Expired Passports [Alert]

May 27, 2021

Fran Rayer and Elizebeth Olivera discuss the CBP and DOS announcement that U.S. citizens with expired U.S. passports may return to the United States.

USCIS Suspends Biometrics Requirements for Certain I-539 Petitions [Alert]

May 17, 2021

Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss USCIS suspending the biometric requirements for certain I-539 applicants for a two-year period beginning on May 17, 2021.

Biden Bans Travel from India [Alert]

May 03, 2021

Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss Biden's restriction on travel to India.

USCIS’ New Guidance to Defer to Prior Approvals for Extension Petitions [Alert]

April 28, 2021

Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss USCIS's new policy guidance to address the issue of deference to prior approvals when adjudicating a request for an extension.

USCIS Expands Premium Processing to E-3 Petitions [Alert]

February 26, 2021

Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss E-3 premium processing service. The E-3 classification applies only to nationals of Australia who are coming to the United States solely to perform services in a specialty occupation.

President Biden Lifts Travel Ban on New Green Card Holders [Alert]

February 26, 2021

Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss Biden revoking Trump's travel ban.

I-9 Documentation Review Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic [Alert]

February 25, 2021

Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss DHS's and ICE's new flexibility policy when it comes to in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility documentation for Form I-9

FY2022 H-1B Cap Lottery Registration [Alert]

February 08, 2021

Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss the timing for the initial registration period for the FY2022 H-1B Cap Lottery.

USCIS Extends Flexibility Deadlines for Responding to Requests [Alert]

February 01, 2021

Beth Olivera and Fran Rayer discuss USCIS decision to extend deadlines for responding to specific requests from the agency. USCIS will consider a response to the qualifying requests and notices timely filed if they are received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set on the request or notice.

Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Immediately (10/19/2020)

October 16, 2020

Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Oilvera discuss USCIS's announcement that it will increase fees for premium processing, to take effect Monday, October 19, 2020.

Sweeping Changes to the H-1B Program To Go into Effect [Alert]

October 08, 2020

Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss the DHS and DOL's interim final rules on H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visas.

Changes to USCIS Fee Schedule and Forms [Alert]

September 08, 2020

On August 3, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Final Rule that alters the USCIS filing Fee Schedule. On average, the filing fees were increased overall by approximately 20 percent.

Resumption of Visa Services at the U.S. Consulates [Alert]

July 15, 2020

Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss the resumption of Visa services at certain U.S. embassies and consulates around the world.

Foreign Students Can Remain in the U.S. Even if All Classes Will Be Online

July 15, 2020

Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss the settlement in President and Fellows of Harvard College et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al., allowing foreign students to remain in the United States even if all classes will be online.

Immigration COVID-19 FAQ

July 01, 2020

Frances Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera addressed common questions related to immigration and COVID-19.

USCIS Announces Possible Furloughs of 13,400 Immigration Employees [Alert]

July 01, 2020

Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss the furloughs at USCIS.

Presidential Proclamation Extending Suspension of Immigration from Abroad [Alert]

June 23, 2020

Fran Rayer, Scott Bettrigde, Daniela Berisiartu Barshel, and Elizabeth Olivera discuss President Trump's extension of Proclamation 10014.

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing Services for Form I-129 and Form I-140 Petitions [Alert]

May 29, 2020

Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss USCIS decision to resume offering premium processing services for cases involving Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, in phases over the month of June.

Presidential Proclamation Temporarily Suspends Immigration from Abroad [Alert]

April 23, 2020

Fran Rayer, Scott Bettridge, Daniela Barshel, and Elizabeth Olivera discuss what President Trump's temporary suspension of certain categories of immigrants from entering the United States means and who is impacted.

USCIS Announces Cancellation of all In-Person Appointments and Interviews to Combat COVID-19 [Alert]

March 18, 2020

Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera explain what the USCIS canceling all face-to-face appointments, interviews, and events, including asylum interviews and citizenship ceremonies, means for applicants and petitioners.

H-1B Electronic Registration Process Operational for the Fiscal Year 2021 Cap Season [Alert]

December 16, 2019

Learn about the changes USCIS announced for its online registration system that will be implemented in the 2020 H-1B lottery.

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2018
  • Drake University, B.S., 2015

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers Ones to Watch 2021

  • Illinois

American Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Board of Directors, Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago

Alternate Regional Chair, Board of Governors, National Filipino American Lawyers Association

American Immigration Lawyers Association