Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, Acting Deputy Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, Acting Deputy Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesKathy Nuebel Kovarik began her role as the acting deputy director for USCIS on Nov. 18, 2019.

Background Experience/Significant Achievements

Kathy Nuebel Kovarik previously served as the chief of the Office of Policy and Strategy from April 2017 to November 2019. Prior to that, Nuebel Kovarik was an advisor to DHS Secretary John F. Kelly.

She worked for the U.S. Senate for more than 17 years, most recently as professional staff on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary under Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa. During that time, she worked on all immigration legislation, including proposals focused on E-Verify, H-1B visas and EB-5 reform. She also was the staff director of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth to help advance policies affecting foster youth and families. 

Before moving to the Judiciary Committee, she served in Grassley’s personal office, working on an array of policy issues, including immigration, financial services, foster care, adoption, public health, welfare and appropriations.

Education

Nuebel Kovarik is from Le Mars, Iowa. She graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in 1998 and has since lived in Washington, D.C.

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