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  • 10/22/2014 Your AILA8 for October 22, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102244.
  • 10/22/2014 EB-5 Practice Alert: Failure to File I-924A Leads to Notice of Intent to Terminate (.pdf 511 KB) AILA’s EB-5 Liaison Committee offers a practice alert regarding USCIS’ issuance of intent to terminate notices due to regional centers’ failure to file a Form I-924A or for not promoting economic growth. Practice alert notes that FY2014 annual reports must be filed no later than 12/29/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102243.
  • 10/22/2014 VOICE Article on Indian Business Visas
    In the October 2014 VOICE, AILA member Poorvi Chothani offers guidance on pursuing business visitor visas to India. And for additional resources on global migration and policy, purchase the recordings from the 2014 AILA Global Migration Forum.
  • 10/22/2014 GMS International Lawyers List (Updated 10/22/14) (.pdf 588 KB) GMS Members have access to a list of licensed and qualified immigration law practitioners for jurisdictions other than the United States.
    AILA Doc. No. 13071111.
  • 10/22/2014 EOIR Expands Legal Orientation Program Sites to Include Karnes (.pdf 467 KB) EOIR press release announcing that beginning 11/1/14, EOIR will provide assistance through the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) to families detained at the Karnes Family Residential Center. Since October 2013, the LOP has expanded to seven additional detention sites including Artesia.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102242.
  • 10/22/2014 AILA Announces Pro Bono Heroes Honorees for the Third Quarter of 2014
    AILA’s National Pro Bono Services Committee is pleased to announce the honorees for the 2014 AILA Pro Bono Heroes Recognition program’s Third Quarter. A very special group of members are being celebrated for their inspiring work over the summer months.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102048.
  • 10/22/2014 CRS Report on Immigration Detainers (Updated 10/22/14) (.pdf 829 KB) Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on immigration detainers, including discussions on if ICE’s detainer practices are within its statutory authority, if state and localities are required to comply, custody issues, and if detainer practices violate an individual’s constitutional rights.
    AILA Doc. No. 14050947.
  • 10/22/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 22, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 22, 2014.
  • 10/22/2014 FY2015 H-2B Cap Count (Updated 10/22/14)
    As of 10/17/14, USCIS receipted 9,816 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-2B cap for the first half of FY2015. This count includes 8,670 approved and 1,146 pending beneficiaries.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101744.
  • 10/22/2014 Ethical Issues in Representing Children in Immigration Proceedings (.pdf 1761 KB) With the recent increase in the number of minors who are in removal proceedings, the lawyers representing them have raised many questions. This practice advisory provides an extensive summary of ethical guidance on some of the more common questions that practitioners have raised.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102240.
  • 10/22/2014 USCIS FAQs on Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Updated 10/21/14)
    USCIS updated its Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process page on 9/9/14. The DACA FAQs were last updated on 10/17/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080365.
  • 10/22/2014 DC Circuit Remands L-1B Denial for Specialty Chef (.pdf 690 KB) Noting that the lack of clarity in the definition of “specialized knowledge” does not permit the government to apply a “sliding scale of specialness,” the Court found that the AAO’s bar against considering culturally-based skills for L-1B purposes was in error. (Fogo de Chao v. DHS, 9/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14102260.
  • 10/21/2014 Your AILA8 for October 21, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102147.
  • 10/21/2014 CA4 Says Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Virginia Is Not a CIMT (.pdf 477 KB) The court remanded with instructions to vacate the removal order, finding that the petitioner’s conviction for failure to register as a sex offender, in violation of §18.2-472.1 of the Virginia statutes, was not a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT). (Mohamed v. Holder, 10/17/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14102146.
  • 10/21/2014 CA4 Says K-2 Visa Holder Seeking Adjustment Must be Under 21 at Time of Admission (.pdf 491 KB) The court upheld the BIA’s decision, which relied on Matter of Lee to find that because the petitioner was over 21 when he entered the U.S. on a K-2 visa, his application for adjustment of status was properly denied and he was removable. (Regis v. Holder, 10/16/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14102145.
  • 10/21/2014 Call for Examples: Asylum Applicants Lacking a Secondary ID
    Have your asylum applicant clients been denied a social security number (SSN) because they lack a secondary ID? AILA is looking for examples of asylum applicants who have been issued EADs under category (c)(8)(i) and who were then denied social security numbers because they had no secondary ID.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102144.
  • 10/21/2014 Minutes from H-2A DOL Stakeholder Meeting (9/12/14) (.pdf 508 KB) AILA liaison minutes from DOL H-2A Stakeholder Meeting on 9/12/14. Topics include: DOS visa delays, additional positive recruitment, recruitment report and certification, area of intended employment, special procedure applications for sheepherders, withdrawal of ETA-9142s and job orders.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102143.
  • 10/21/2014 CA5 Finds Petitioner Knowingly and Intelligently Waived Appellate Rights (.pdf 528 KB) The court denied the petition for review, concluding that the record amply supported the BIA’s finding that the petitioner knowingly and intelligently waived his appellate rights at his initial hearing. (Martinez v. Holder, 10/15/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14102142.
  • 10/21/2014 Minutes from DOL Stakeholder Meeting (9/12/14) (.pdf 548 KB) AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee minutes from the OFLC Stakeholder Meeting with the DOL on 9/12/14. Some topics include: iCERT and PERM portal account changes, supervised recruitment advertising instruction timeline, prevailing wage issues, audits for business necessity, and Section K denials.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102141.
  • 10/21/2014 PERM Practice Pointer: Foreign National Qualifications and Section K (.pdf 521 KB) PERM Practice Pointer from AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee that addresses foreign national qualifications and Section K on the ETA Form 9089. Practice Pointer discusses history of the Section K issue, what and where to include information in Section K, and error messages one may encounter.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102140.
  • 10/21/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 21, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 21, 2014.
  • 10/20/2014 Your AILA8 for October 20, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102052.
  • 10/20/2014 Philadelphia Chapter – Records of Proceedings for N-400 and I-485 (.pdf 1424 KB) Record of proceedings (ROPs) from USCIS Philadelphia field office for N-400s and I-485s, reflecting the order in which the A file is put together upon submission of these applications. USCIS encouraged practitioners to prepare their filings in the same order, if possible.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102051.
  • 10/20/2014 San Diego Chapter – USCIS Liaison Minutes (10/8/14) (.pdf 757 KB) San Diego Chapter minutes from liaison meeting with USCIS District 24 on 10/8/14. Topics include: military parole-in-place applications, including those related to the MAVNI program, and new system for requesting InfoPass appointments when AOR has more than one case inquiry.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102050.
  • 10/20/2014 Philadelphia Chapter – USCIS Philadelphia Liaison Minutes (10/8/14) (.pdf 543 KB) Philadelpia Chapter minutes from liaison meeting with Philadelphia USICS on 10/8/14. Topics include: processing of interview waiver eligible adjustment cases, I-601A transfers to the NVC, InfoPass appointments, biometrics appointments, N-400 medical waivers, I-290B processing, and parole-in-place.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102049.
  • 10/20/2014 Carolinas Chapter – USCIS Charlotte Liaison Meeting Minutes (9/26/14) (.pdf 545 KB) Carolinas Chapter liaison minutes from meeting with USCIS Charlotte Field Office on 9/26/14. Topics include: processing time for parole-in-place for military families, naturalization guidelines on legal name changes, confirmation of rescheduled interviews, and current intake process for interviews.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102047.
  • 10/20/2014 Carolinas Chapter – USCIS Charleston Liaison Meeting Minutes (9/8/14) (.pdf 476 KB) Carolinas Chapter liaison minutes from meeting with USCIS Charleston on 9/8/14. Topics include: staffing changes, adjustment eligibility after advance parole entry for DACA recipients, scheduling of naturalization interviews, and FDNS officer conduct.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102046.
  • 10/20/2014 CA9 Vacates Removal Order for California §11351 Offense and Remands with Instructions to Terminate Proceedings (.pdf 568 KB) The court withdrew its 9/19/14 decision, holding that as the abstract of judgment did not offer clear and convincing evidence about what petitioner pleaded guilty to, DHS failed to establish the conviction was an aggravated felony or controlled substance offense. (Medina v. Holder, 10/10/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14102045.
  • 10/20/2014 Call For Examples: DACA Renewal Applications Pending Over 75 Days
    AILA is collecting examples of DACA renewal cases in which the renewal Form I-821D has been pending over 75 days. Please complete the questions and upload a copy of your I-821D receipt notice.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102044.
  • 10/20/2014 Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim (10/15/14)
    DOS Liaison Committee series of monthly “check-ins” with Charlie Oppenheim, designed to keep members informed of Visa Bulletin progress and to obtain his analysis of current trends and future projections, beyond the basic visa availability updates provided in the monthly Visa Bulletin.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071401.
  • 10/20/2014 USCIS Response to CIS Ombudsman Recommendations on Improving Quality in Notices to Appear (.pdf 691 KB) USCIS response to CIS Ombudsman recommendations on improving the quality and consistency in Notices to Appear (NTA), concurring that USCIS will provide additional guidance for issuing NTAs with input from ICE and EOIR and that USCIS will create a working group to improve tracking and coordination.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102043.
  • 10/20/2014 AIM: DOMA and Immigration
    For October’s Interview of the Month, Clement Lee, staff attorney at Immigration Equality, explains the Defense of Marriage Act in the immigration context. Immigration Equality was AILA's 2014 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award winner.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102042.
  • 10/20/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 20, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 20, 2014.
  • 10/20/2014 DOL Alert that H-1B Legacy Records No Longer Available (.pdf 487 KB) DOL alert that labor condition applications (LCA) retained in the legacy LCA Online System are all beyond the retention period of five years from a date of final determination or final action. Therefore, effective 10/17/14, the LCA Online System has been decommissioned.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102041.
  • 10/20/2014 USCIS Invitation to Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting (.pdf 762 KB) USCIS invitation to the 11/14/14 Asylum Division quarterly stakeholder meeting. The Asylum Division will provide updates and statistics and will be available to answer questions. Interested parties may participate in this event in-person only.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102040.
  • 10/17/2014 Your AILA8 for October 17, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101756.
  • 10/17/2014 CA11 Finds it Lacks Jurisdiction to Review BIA’s Battered-Spouse Discretionary Decision (.pdf 761 KB) The court found it lacked jurisdiction to review the BIA’s order denying the motions to reopen and reconsider, as the BIA’s battered-spouse determination under INA 204 §(a)(1)(A)(iii) was discretionary. (Butalova v. Att’y Gen., 10/7/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101755.
  • 10/17/2014 USCIS Comment Request on Form G-845
    USCIS 60-day notice of a request for comments on revisions to Form G-845, used to verify the immigration status of applications for federal, state, or local public benefits and licenses. Comments are due by 11/25/14. (79 FR 57948, 9/26/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101754.
  • 10/17/2014 AILA Quicktake #103: Granting Asylum for Artesia Detainees
    AILA member and Artesia volunteer Kim Hunter shares her client's experience in being kept in detention after being granted asylum. To volunteer at Artesia, go to www.aila.org/beavolunteer. Can't volunteer? Donate at www.aila.org/helpthevolunteers
    AILA Doc. No. 14101753.
  • 10/17/2014 DOS Notice of Embassy and Consulate Closings (Updated 10/17/14)
    DOS notice that the U.S. Consulate General in Calgary will be closed for nonimmigrant visa services during the month of November, 2014. Extra appointments have been made available 10/15/14 through 10/28/14. Normal visa operations will resume in December, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 11151120.
  • 10/17/2014 Help the Volunteers in Artesia (Updated 10/17/14)
    AIC and AILA have created a way for you to make tax-deductible donations on-line to help reimburse the travel expenses of pro bono volunteers.
    AILA Doc. No. 14090249.
  • 10/17/2014 USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (.pdf 775 KB) USCIS invitation to a 10/22/14 teleconference to discuss the implementation of a limited Haitian Family Reunification Parole program, where certain Haitians in Haiti who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions may be considered for parole to come to the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101700.
  • 10/17/2014 CA2 Agrees with BIA that Vacated Conviction Remains Valid for Removability Purposes (.pdf 763 KB) The court held it lacked jurisdiction, upholding the BIA’s determination that the 1997 Arizona conviction remained a removable offense because the petitioner obtained vacatur solely for rehabilitative reasons and to avoid adverse immigration consequences. (Sutherland v. Holder, 10/8/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101752.
  • 10/17/2014 DHS Announces Plans for Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (.pdf 551 KB) DHS press release announcing that starting in early 2015, DHS will expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents in the U.S. USCIS is not currently accepting applications and will provide program details by the end of 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101747.
  • 10/17/2014 EOIR Updates to Immigration Court Practice Manual
    This page contains updates to EOIR’s Immigration Court Practice Manual.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101746.
  • 10/17/2014 USCIS Meeting Invitation to TRIG Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting (.pdf 545 KB) USCIS invitation to the 11/18/14 Terrorist Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) quarterly stakeholder engagement. Interested parties may participate in this event in-person only. Questions or agenda items are due by 11/3/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101745.
  • 10/17/2014 CA2 Says Unlawful Possession of Ammunition Is an Aggravated Felony (.pdf 592 KB) The court denied the petition for review, upholding the BIA’s decision concluding that the petitioner’s conviction for the unlawful possession of ammunition under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) qualifies as an aggravated felony under INA §101(a)(43)(E)(ii). (Oppedisano v. Holder, 10/8/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101750.
  • 10/17/2014 CA8 Affirms Withholding Denial for Petitioner Who Suffered Child Abuse in Hong Kong (.pdf 499 KB) The court affirmed the withholding denial, finding that substantial evidence supported the determination that the petitioner's age represented a fundamental change in circumstances such that her life and freedom would not be threatened if she returned to Hong Kong. (Hui v. Holder, 10/14/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101751.
  • 10/17/2014 Questions Sought for Student/Schools and “Others” NSC Stakeholder Teleconference
    AILA's Nebraska Service Center (NSC) Liaison Committee requests agenda items from all AILA members to present to NSC at a teleconference on student, schools and “other” issues. Questions needed by 10/26/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101743.
  • 10/17/2014 Immigration Politics 2014
    AILA Advocacy Department's daily immigration reform update.
    AILA Doc. No. 12120666.
  • 10/17/2014 AIC Report on CBP Restrictions on Access to Counsel (.pdf 538 KB) The American Immigration Council provides a summary of CBP policies related to access to counsel, based on documents obtained through a FOIA request. The summary addresses access to counsel in inspections and CBP detention, and policies on advisals of rights and the treatment of children.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101742.
  • 10/17/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 17, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 17, 2014.
  • 10/17/2014 USCIS Extension of TPS for Honduras
    USCIS notice that the designation of Honduras for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for 18 months from 1/6/15 through 7/5/16. Notice includes instructions for re-registration and renewal of EADs. (79 FR 62170, 10/16/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101740.
  • 10/17/2014 USCIS Extension of TPS for Nicaragua
    USCIS notice that the designation of Nicaragua for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for 18 months from 1/6/15 through 7/5/16. Notice includes instructions for re-registration and renewal of EADs. (79 FR 62176, 10/16/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101741.
  • 10/17/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: Championing the Vulnerable
    In this blog post, AILA President Leslie Holman welcomes a new letter from Senate Democrats, led by one of her state’s Senators Patrick Leahy, which condemns family detention and urges the Department of Homeland Security against building more family detention facilities.
  • 10/16/2014 Your AILA8 for October 16, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101640.
  • 10/16/2014 Domestic Violence Advocates Call for End of Family Detention (.pdf 987 KB) A statement from advocates of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault calling for an end to the use of detention centers for immigrant women and children fleeing violence.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101609.
  • 10/16/2014 Senate Democrats Press DHS Against Expansion of Family Detention System (.pdf 2216 KB) A 10/16/14 letter from ten Senate Democrats, led by Senator Leahy (D-VT) to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson opposing the expansion of the family detention system, specifically the Dilley family detention facility planned for Texas.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101608.
  • 10/16/2014 Practice Pointer: TSC Confirms RFE Response Submission Address for Courier Delivery
    The Texas Service Center (TSC) informed AILA of the physical address for RFE responses to be delivered by courier and offered pointers when responding to an RFE.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101600.
  • 10/16/2014 Report Finding Returned Central American Migrants Face Serious Harm (.pdf 1418 KB) Human Rights Watch (HRW) report with accounts from Central Americans in U.S. detention or who were recently deported to Honduras, finding that border officers failed to identify individuals facing serious risks and that some deported individuals provide accounts that should qualify them for asylum.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101606.
  • 10/16/2014 HHS Funding to Support Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children
    HHS notice of a $9 million direct legal representation project to provide representation to 2,600 unaccompanied minors throughout their immigration proceedings. ORR is awarding supplemental funds of approximately $4 million for FY2014, with remaining funds provided in FY2015. (79 FR 62159, 10/16/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101607.
  • 10/16/2014 November 2014 Federal Court Litigation Section Conference Call
    November 6, 2014
    3pm Eastern
    Teleconference
    AILA Doc. No. 14101607.
  • 10/16/2014 Findings of Westat’s 2013 E-Verify User Survey
    Westat released a report with findings and recommendations from a survey of nearly 3,000 randomly sampled E-Verify users conducted in 2013 to gather information on employers’ opinions and experiences with using E-Verify. USCIS responded with a summary of key findings and response to recommendations.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101605.
  • 10/16/2014 3rd Annual AILA Bangkok District Chapter Conference
    Immigration Thrilla in Manila
    March 12-13, 2015
    Manila, Philippines

    This event is being presented by AILA’s Bangkok District Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101604.
  • 10/16/2014 Practice Alert: TSC “Goldenrod” RFE Coversheets Include Check Box for Updated Attorney of Record
    The Texas Service Center (TSC) has informed AILA that the RFE coversheet referred to as the “Goldenrod” will include a check block to alert the TSC contract support to a change in attorney or to a new attorney of record.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101601.
  • 10/16/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 16, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 16, 2014.
  • 10/15/2014 Your AILA8 for October 15, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101546.
  • 10/15/2014 AILA Quicktake #102: Karnes Family Detention Center
    AILA Second Vice President Annaluisa Padilla joins to discuss her recent experience touring the family detention center located in Karnes, Texas, where she had the opportunity to meet with some of the detainees.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101545.
  • 10/15/2014 Call for Questions: Social Security Administration (SSA) Issues
    The AILA SSA/DMV/SAVE Taskforce seeks questions about general Social Security Administration (SSA) issues in order to assist the taskforce in their agenda development for 2014-2015. Please send non-case specific items by 10/31/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101544.
  • 10/15/2014 Free This Month on Agora
    AILA’s free items for October are now available. Read an Immigration Practice Pointer on what to do when tax non-compliance collides with immigration law and listen to an audio seminar on how international students are affected when SEVP takes action against a school. Check them out today!
  • 10/15/2014 Practice Pointer: Recapturing an Earlier Priority Date
    AILA USCIS service center liaison provides tips for requesting recapture of an earlier priority date and reminds members that the final priority date will not be indicated on the I-140 receipt notice, but instead will be indicated on the approval notice after the petition has been adjudicated.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101543.
  • 10/15/2014 Article: Jeh Johnson: Politicians Shouldn't 'Feed The Flames Of Fear' Over ISIS, Ebola
    AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen pressed DHS Secretary Johnson on the government’s ramping up of family detention “when many of the women and children being held are seeking asylum and have fled horrific violence.”
    AILA Doc. No. 14101542.
  • 10/15/2014 Pre-Order Recordings from the Fundamentals Conference
    If you’re just getting started in immigration law, tomorrow and Friday’s Fundamentals Conference in New Orleans is designed to give you a solid foundation for success. Can’t attend? Pre-order the conference recordings and benefit from the content without the travel.
  • 10/15/2014 DHS CRCL Stakeholder Engagement on Language Access (.pdf 495 KB) DHS announcement of the release of draft Language Access Plans, which address the language needs of persons with limited English proficiency. DHS welcomes written feedback on the draft plans through 10/31/14 and will have an stakeholder engagement on 10/24/14 in D.C. to allow further discussion.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101541.
  • 10/15/2014 ICE Will Provide Children at Artesia with Education (.pdf 549 KB) ICE press release announcing children at the Artesia Family Residential Center will be provided with one-hour daily instruction blocks in subjects including science, social studies, mathematics, reading, writing, and physical education. AMIkids will manage and administer the program.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101540.
  • 10/15/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 15, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 15, 2014.
  • 10/14/2014 Your AILA8 for October 14, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101449.
  • 10/14/2014 NSC Invitation to Stakeholder Call on Students and Schools and Other Issues
    NSC invitation to an 11/13/14 stakeholder call on student and schools and “other” issues. Call-in information will be provided closer to the date of the teleconference.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101448.
  • 10/14/2014 ICE Memo on Strategic Use of Expedited Removal (.pdf 643 KB) ICE memo, dated 4/5/11, from Gary Mead, Executive Associate Director, on the strategic use of expedited removal authority. Also includes a list of instances that expedited removal should not be used. Obtained through FOIA by Stephen Yale-Loehr.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101447.
  • 10/14/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: Welcoming Brilliance to Our Shores
    Anastasia Tonello, AILA Treasurer, takes a look at the history of immigrants awarded the Nobel Prize, writing “What these Nobel Laureates show us is that the best and the brightest are mobile and the U.S. must be able to compete for talent on a global stage.”
  • 10/14/2014 BIA Says Regulations for Applying for Bond Redetermination Are Not Jurisdictional (.pdf 633 KB) Unpublished BIA decision holding that INA §236 contains no language limiting an IJ’s authority to hear a bond case due to the geographic area of the noncitizen and that 8 CFR §1003.19(c) dictates where he/she should file a request for a custody redetermination. Courtesy of Helen Parsonage.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101446.
  • 10/14/2014 USCIS PowerPoint on Religious Workers (.pdf 590 KB) USCIS PowerPoint on religious workers from the 10/9/14 USCIS teleconference with CSC and VSC, including petitioner and beneficiary evidentiary requirements, self-supporting R-1s, dependents, site inspections, expedite requests, common filing issues, and helpful filing tips.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101445.
  • 10/14/2014 USCIS PowerPoint with H-1B Filing Tips (.pdf 555 KB) USCIS PowerPoint with H-1B filing tips provided during the 10/9/14 USCIS teleconference with CSC and VSC.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101444.
  • 10/14/2014 AILA and AIC to BALCA: Due Process Must Trump Administrative Efficiency in PERM (.pdf 588 KB) AILA/AIC amicus urge the Board to affirm that the Certifying Officer (CO) cannot deny a PERM application for failure to comply with the recruitment report requirements in 20 CFR §656.17(g)(1), when the employer’s compliance is evident from the record despite the omission of certain documentation.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101443.
  • 10/14/2014 BIA Rescinds In Absentia Order Under Totality of the Circumstances
    Unpublished BIA decision rescinds in absentia order because respondent acted with diligence in seeking reopening and had a history of providing his complete address to the Department of Homeland Security. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Gonzalez, 7/31/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101442.
  • 10/14/2014 Did You Miss the AILA Web Seminar on Playing the Visa Bulletin Lotto?
    As EB-2 India continues to retrogress, are you prepared to play the Visa Bulletin lottery? Listen as the panel of experts from a recent web seminar discuss the mechanics and pitfalls of filing an I-140 in multiple categories, marriage and cross chargeability, and more. Download and listen anytime!
  • 10/14/2014 ‘SOCing’ It to ’Em: Strange Tales from USCIS
    In VOICE, AILA member Jennifer Minear discusses ACWIA wages for occupations for which ACWIA data is unavailable and explains how her firm has chosen to handle these unclear situations by filing two sets of LCAs. For more information, purchase AILA’s Business Immigration: Law & Practice.
  • 10/14/2014 AILA Philadelphia Chapter EOIR Liaison Meeting Minutes (9/1/14) (.pdf 506 KB) Minutes from a liaison meeting with EOIR on September 2014, topics include: EOIR-42B, defensive asylum applications, and “rocket dockets” and the Juvenile Docket.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101441.
  • 10/14/2014 Hanging a Shingle or Improving an Already Hanging Shingle
    New Members Division steering committee members share their experiences in the world of immigration law. Whether you are going solo, establishing an immigration practice within a large multi-practice firm, becoming a shareholder, or developing a niche practice, this podcast has something for you.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101440.
  • 10/14/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 14, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 14, 2014.
  • 10/10/2014 Your AILA8 for October 10, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101049.
  • 10/10/2014 GAO Report on Immigration Detention (.pdf 1651 KB) GAO October 2014 report on costs, standards, and oversight across different types of ICE detention facilities, finding that ICE does not have complete data for managing detention costs and standards across facilities and facility types.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101048.
  • 10/10/2014 CA9 Says NACARA Seven-Year Good Moral Character Period Ends on Filing Date (.pdf 565 KB) The court held that an application for special rule cancellation of removal under §203 of NACARA is not a continuing application, and that the seven-year period during which good moral character is required ends on the date of the filing of the application. (Aragon v. Holder, 10/2/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101047.
  • 10/10/2014 CA11 Says Florida Aggravated Fleeing Is an Aggravated Felony (.pdf 501 KB) The court denied the petition for review, upholding the BIA’s finding that the petitioner’s conviction for aggravated fleeing under Florida statue §316.1935(4)(a) was an aggravated felony and thus was deportable under INA §237(a)(2)(A)(iii). (Dixon v. Att’y Gen., 10/1/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101046.
  • 10/10/2014 BIA Holds Vacated Criminal Conviction Not an “Admission” of Controlled Substance Violation
    Unpublished BIA decision terminates proceedings against returning LPR upon finding a prior drug conviction that was subsequently vacated did not constitute an “admission” of a controlled substance violation. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Martinez, 7/30/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101045.
  • 10/10/2014 BIA Finds LPR Did Not Abandon Status or Deliberately Misreport Length of Prior Trips Abroad
    Unpublished BIA decision finds DHS did not prove the respondent intended to abandon his LPR status by taking numerous lengthy trips to Yemen or that he deliberately misreported the length of his trips on a prior naturalization application. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Ahmed, 7/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14101044.
  • 10/10/2014 Practice Alert: EOIR Update on FY2015 Suspension/Non-LPR Cancellation Cap
    EOIR has advised AILA that the 4,000 cancellation grants available in FY2015 will likely be exceeded by the decisions currently held in reserve. Because of this, immigration judges have been instructed to continue to follow the procedures set forth in OPPM 12-01.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101043.
  • 10/10/2014 AILA/USCIS Field Operations Liaison Q&As (10/9/14) (.pdf 768 KB) USCIS Field Operations Q&As from a 10/9/14 liaison meeting. Topics include: stand-alone I-130s, interview-waiver eligible I-485s, Forms I-90, biometrics for individuals in removal proceedings, Matter of Arrabally/Yerrabelly, processing time reports, and availability of InfoPass appointments.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101041.
  • 10/10/2014 AILA DOS Liaison Q&As (10/9/14) (.pdf 911 KB) DOS responses to AILA/DOS liaison Q&As, which address questions relating to administrative processing, PIMS, renunciation of U.S. citizenship or LPR status, Mission Australia, J-1 issues, visa revocations, B-2 visas, CCD delay, LGBT I-129Fs, and endorsement of the I-129S for blanket L cases.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101042.
  • 10/10/2014 2014 Visa Reciprocity Changes (Updated 10/10/14)
    DOS updates the visa reciprocity tables, including updated information for Pakistan.
    AILA Doc. No. 14010841.
  • 10/10/2014 AILA/USCIS HQ Liaison Q&As (10/9/14) (.pdf 1114 KB) Official questions and answers from the 10/9/14 AILA liaison meeting with USCIS HQ. Topics include forthcoming guidance; burdensome RFEs for L-1A, L-1B, H-1B, O-2, and P-1 petitions; I-693 medical examination policy; I-130 appeal delays; FDNS site visits; and EB-2 I-140s for physical therapists.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101040.
  • 10/10/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 10, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 10, 2014.
  • 10/10/2014 Did You Miss the AILA Audio Seminar on Waivers?
    Did you miss the recent AILA audio seminar on INA §237(a)(1)(H) waivers? Learn who qualifies, how to avoid pitfalls on discretionary decisions, what grounds can be waived, and more! You can purchase the downloadable recording and listen anytime that is convenient.
  • 10/9/2014 Your AILA8 for October 9, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100952.
  • 10/9/2014 Visa Bulletin for November 2014 (.pdf 135 KB) DOS Visa Bulletin for November 2014. There is slight forward movement in most categories, except employment-based second preference India, which retrogressed from 5/1/09 to 2/15/05. Also included are notes on potential visa availability in the coming months.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100951.
  • 10/9/2014 Can a Little Daydreaming Actually Be Good For Productivity?
    We have all been guilty of being bored at work and have all experienced the random thoughts that our boredom often conjures up. But did you know that these thoughts, our daydreams, can actually heighten our sense of creativity? Learn to channel these daydreams into something more productive.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100950.
  • 10/9/2014 USCIS Comment Request on Form I-698
    USCIS 30-day notice of request for comments on Form I-698, Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident, used by individuals filing under the amnesty program provisions of IRCA. Comments are due by 11/5/14. (79 FR 60180, 10/6/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100949.
  • 10/9/2014 DOS Consular Affairs/Visa Office Organization Chart (.pdf 562 KB) Organization chart for the DOS Consular Affairs/Visa Office department (CA/VO).
    AILA Doc. No. 14100948.
  • 10/9/2014 BIA Finds IJ Failed to Advise Respondent of Eligibility for Voluntary Departure
    Unpublished BIA decision remands record upon finding IJ committed legal error by failing to advise the respondent of his eligibility to apply for post-conclusion voluntary departure. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Banos, 7/28/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100947.
  • 10/9/2014 BIA Terminates Proceedings Against Respondent Accused of Cocaine Possession
    Unpublished BIA decision terminates proceedings against respondent convicted of drug possession because the lab report finding the substance was cocaine was not relied upon by the criminal court. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Perez Flores, 7/28/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100946.
  • 10/9/2014 Register for the December 1 New York Chapter Symposium
    The immigration process can sometimes feel like an endless journey, slowed by delays and detours. Through the sessions, networking opportunities, and New York-specific tips and information, this conference maps out possible routes and offers tools to help you chart the right course. Register today.
  • 10/9/2014 Did You Miss the AILA Audio Seminar on Employment-Based Consular Appointments
    Did you miss AILA’s audio seminar on employment-based appointments in China, India, and the Philippines? Receive updates on consular processing trends, considerations for Hs and Blanket Ls in India and overcoming immigrant intent in the Philippines! You can download the recording and listen anytime.
  • 10/9/2014 EB-5 Processing Time Report (10/7/14) (.pdf 544 KB) EB-5 Processing Time Report released on 10/7/14 with processing dates as of 8/31/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100945.
  • 10/9/2014 National Benefits Center Processing Time Report (10/7/14) (.pdf 553 KB) NBC Processing Time Report released on 10/7/14 with processing dates as of 8/31/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100944.
  • 10/9/2014 Vermont Service Center Processing Time Report (10/7/14) (.pdf 604 KB) VSC Processing Time Report released on 10/7/14 with processing dates as of 8/31/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100943.
  • 10/9/2014 Texas Service Center Processing Time Report (10/7/14) (.pdf 591 KB) TSC Processing Time Report released on 10/7/14 with processing dates as of 8/31/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100942.
  • 10/9/2014 Nebraska Service Center Processing Time Report (10/7/14) (.pdf 597 KB) NSC Processing Time Report released on 10/7/14 with processing dates as of 8/31/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100941.
  • 10/9/2014 California Service Center Processing Time Report (10/7/14) (.pdf 629 KB) CSC Processing Time Report released on 10/7/14 with processing dates as of 8/31/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100940.
  • 10/9/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 9, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 9, 2014.
  • 10/8/2014 Your AILA8 for October 8, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100850.
  • 10/8/2014 USCIS Comment Request on USCIS Electronic Payment Processing
    USCIS 60-day notice of request for comments on USCIS electronic payment processing. Comments are due by 12/8/14. (79 FR 60488, 10/7/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100847.
  • 10/8/2014 BIA Finds Salvadoran Respondent a Flight Risk but Sets Bond at $5,000 (.pdf 702 KB) Unpublished BIA decision sustaining appeal and ordering respondent released on $5,000 bond, finding that although a flight risk, evidence of a fixed address, significant family ties in the U.S., and asylum claim provided incentive to appear at future proceedings. Courtesy of Ivan Yacub.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100846.
  • 10/8/2014 2014 AILA MidSouth Chapter Conference
    October 24-25, 2014
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside
    New Orleans, LA
    This event is being presented by AILA’s MidSouth Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 10/8/2014 USCIS Invitation to P-1A Nonimmigrant Visa Classification Listening Session (.pdf 581 KB) USCIS invitation to a stakeholder listening session on 10/15/14 regarding the P-1A Internationally Recognized Athlete nonimmigrant visa classification, including feedback on league-specific issues related to Form I-129 adjudication. Registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100845.
  • 10/8/2014 Celebrate National Pro Bono Week in Your Chapter: October 19 to October 25
    The ABA’s Annual Celebrate Pro Bono Week is an important vehicle for broadening services for poor and vulnerable people. AILA chapters are encouraged to participate locally in order to advance our goal of improving access to justice for the communities we serve as immigration legal professionals.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100849.
  • 10/8/2014 AILA Notes from SCOPS Teleconference (9/24/14) (.pdf 775 KB) AILA notes from a teleconference with SCOPS on 9/24/14. Topics include pre-adjudication of adjustment applications, RFEs for marriage and birth certificates, EAD processing times for Forms I-817, DACA renewal processing times, H-1B cap exemptions, EB-1-1 RFEs, and Matter of Lee.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100844.
  • 10/8/2014 BIA Reverses Discretionary Denial of Voluntary Departure
    Unpublished BIA decision reverses discretionary denial of voluntary departure upon finding respondent’s criminal record outweighed by his 14-year presence, 21-year-old U.S. citizen stepson, and activeness in his religious community. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Figueiredo, 7/23/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100842.
  • 10/8/2014 CA2 Says Asylum Applicant Is Not Required to Establish Nationality Through Documentary Evidence Alone (.pdf 570 KB) The court vacated and remanded with instructions to review the IJ’s adverse credibility finding, and that the BIA erroneously required the petitioner, who claimed he was a stateless Tibetan born in Nepal, to prove his nationality through documentary evidence alone. (Urgen v. Holder, 10/2/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100843.
  • 10/8/2014 BIA Orders Further Consideration of Adjustment Application After Submission of Evidence on Appeal
    Unpublished BIA decision remands for further consideration of adjustment application after respondent submits affidavit of support (Form I-864) and medical exam (Form I-693) while appeal was pending. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Moung, 7/18/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100841.
  • 10/8/2014 OSC Settles Lawsuit Against Texas Bus Company for H-2B Hiring Practices (.pdf 767 KB) OSC settlement agreement with Autobuses Ejecutivos LLC, a bus company based in Houston, Texas, for discriminating against U.S. workers by preferring to hire workers on temporary H-2B visas for its bus driver positions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100840.
  • 10/8/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 8, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 8, 2014.
  • 10/7/2014 Alcohol Abuse: Is Your Client Inadmissible?
    In the October 2014 VOICE, AILA member Laurel Scott discusses issues concerning alcohol abuse and waivers of inadmissibility. For more guidance, purchase “Cleaning Up the Mess: Tools for Seeking Waivers.”
  • 10/7/2014 Your AILA8 for October 7, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100749.
  • 10/7/2014 AILA Quicktake #101: DACA Recipients and MAVNI
    AILA member Margaret Stock discusses the limitations to the Department of Defense's announcement to open its Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program (MAVNI) to DACA recipients.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100748.
  • 10/7/2014 CA7 Upholds BIA’s Approach in Matter of Rodriguez-Rodriguez (.pdf 649 KB) The court upheld the BIA’s analysis using as a guide the definition of “sexual abuse” in 18 U.S.C. §3509(a)(8) rather than in 18 U.S.C. §2243(a) to find that petitioner’s violation of California Penal Code §261.5(c) involved “sexual abuse of a minor.” (Velasco-Giron v. Holder, 9/26/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100747.
  • 10/7/2014 CA7 Denies Consolidated Petition for Review (.pdf 813 KB) The court denied the consolidated petition for review, finding that the petitioner did not demonstrate that the IJ or BIA legally erred or denied him due process. (Antia-Perea v. Holder, 9/25/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100746.
  • 10/7/2014 Your AILA8 for October 6, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100659.
  • 10/7/2014 Submit Your Examples of Problematic Nonimmigrant RFEs and Denials
    In preparation for an upcoming AILA liaison meeting, AILA is looking for examples of problematic nonimmigrant RFEs and denials issued in 2014. Submit your examples today!
    AILA Doc. No. 14100744.
  • 10/7/2014 FY2014 H-2B Cap Count (Updated 10/7/14)
    As of 10/3/14, USCIS receipted 8,857 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-2B cap for the first half of FY2015. This count includes 7,222 approved and 1,635 pending beneficiaries. Information on the second half of FY2014 is also available.
    AILA Doc. No. 13100840.
  • 10/7/2014 DOL Alert: iCERT and PERM Outage Over Columbus Day Weekend Canceled
    DOL alert that the full power maintenance outage scheduled for Columbus Day weekend has been canceled and both iCERT and PERM systems will be available on Saturday, 10/11/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 10101531.
  • 10/7/2014 DOL Alert on Extension of Staggered Crossing for Seafood Industry H-2B Workers (.pdf 511 KB) DOL alert that the provision permitting staggered entry of H-2B workers employed in the seafood industry under certain conditions has been extended from 9/30/14 to 12/11/14. No staggered entry of H-2B workers will be permitted after 12/11/14 absent further legislative extensions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100742.
  • 10/7/2014 2014 AILA Washington D.C. Chapter Fall Conference (Updated 10/7/14)
    October 22, 2014
    Univ. of Maryland Shady Grove Conference Center
    Rockville, MD
    This event is being presented by AILA’s Washington D.C. Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 10/7/2014 CA1 Affirms Grants of Habeas Corpus Relief for Two Petitioners (.pdf 514 KB) The court concluded that petitioners were not subject to mandatory detention under INA §236(c) and were entitled to an individualized bail hearing under INA §236(a), because petitioners were not timely detained under any reasonable interpretation of INA §236(c). (Castañeda v. Souza, 10/6/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100740.
  • 10/7/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: Karnes is a Disgrace
    AILA Member and Karnes Volunteer Geoffrey A. Hoffman writes he is angry at “an administration that purports to be for immigration reform and human rights while jailing these families... And I’m committed to doing what I can to help, and I hope you will too.”
  • 10/7/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 7, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 7, 2014.
  • 10/6/2014 USCIS Webinar on Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Crimes (.pdf 758 KB) USCIS invitation to a 10/15/14 webinar to discuss relief options available to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes. Subject matter experts will provide an overview and be available to answer questions. Registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14041046.
  • 10/6/2014 Call for Examples: SIJS Cases Where USCIS Questions the Dependency Order
    The AILA USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee requests Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) case examples in which USCIS is re-adjudicating or questioning the dependency order issued by the State Court in an RFE, NOID, and/or denial. Submit your case example today!
    AILA Doc. No. 14100653.
  • 10/6/2014 CA2 Says BIA Did Not Err in Denying Suppression Motion or Asylum (.pdf 708 KB) The court held that because the petitioner voluntarily conceded his removability in a motion to change venue, the BIA did not err in denying the suppression motion, and also did not err in denying the asylum application. (Vanegas-Ramirez v. Holder, 9/25/14)
  • 10/6/2014 Artesia Pro Bono Project
    We continue to seek volunteer attorneys and support staff to help the women and children in Artesia, NM and in Karnes, TX. To facilitate these important efforts, AIC in cooperation with AILA, now accepts tax-deductible donations to support the volunteers’ work in Artesia.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100655.
  • 10/6/2014 USCIS Guidance on Immediate Family Members in Credible Fear Process (.pdf 598 KB) USCIS memo from John Lafferty, Chief of the Asylum Division, with guidance on who is considered an immediate family member in the credible fear process, credible fear determination for immediate family members, and linking related family members in the Asylum Pre-Screening System.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100652.
  • 10/6/2014 HHS Chart on General Statistics about UACs (.pdf 563 KB) HHS chart on general statistics about the gender and country of origin of UACs for FY2012 and FY2013 and UAC referrals from FY2003-FY2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100651.
  • 10/6/2014 HHS Fact Sheet on ORR UAC Program (.pdf 553 KB) HHS Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) May 2014 fact sheet on its Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program, including the number of children served and services provided.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100650.
  • 10/6/2014 AILA Quicktake 100: Celebrating 100
    AILA's Executive Director Crystal Williams, AILA President Leslie Holman, AILA Secretary Marketa Lindt and other AILA members celebrate the 100th Quicktake and share why the series is important to them.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100649.
  • 10/6/2014 District Court Awards Damages and Attorney’s Fees to Plaintiff in Affidavit of Support Case (.pdf 580 KB) The court granted the motion for summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff and awarded attorney’s fees, finding that the defendant entered into an enforceable contract when he signed the Form I-864 affidavit and that he owed the plaintiff $11,448.74 in past support. Courtesy of Jeff Kilmark.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100648.
  • 10/6/2014 USCIS Releases myE-Verify, a New Website for Employees (.pdf 510 KB) USCIS press release on the launch of myE-Verify, a new website that allows employees and job seekers to set up personal accounts, use Self Lock, and access employment eligibility verification resources. myE-Verify accounts are currently accessible by individuals in AZ, ID, CO, MI, VA, and D.C.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100647.
  • 10/6/2014 DOS Final Rule with Amendments to the Exchange Visitor Program Rules
    DOS final rule with request for comments on amendments to the general rules covering the Exchange Visitor Program that governs the designation of sponsors and the overall administration of the Program. Comments are due by 12/5/14 and the effective date is 1/5/15. (79 FR 60294, 10/6/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100646.
  • 10/6/2014 Immigration Law Advisor, September 2014 (Vol. 8, No. 7) (.pdf 836 KB) The September 2014 Immigration Law Advisor, a legal publication from EOIR, with an article on assessing the government’s inability or unwillingness to control private persecution, circuit court decisions for August 2014, recent BIA precedent decisions, and a regulatory update.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100645.
  • 10/6/2014 EOIR’s Uniform Docketing System Manual (.pdf 19903 KB) EOIR’s Office of the Chief Immigration Judge issued the Uniform Docketing System Manual, dated December 2013, detailing the case processing system that governs the management of all cases in the Immigration Court.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100644.
  • 10/6/2014 USCIS Office Closings for 2014 (Updated 10/6/14)
    USCIS alert that the Saipan and Guam USCIS offices are closed today due to Typhoon Vongfong.
    AILA Doc. No. 14010660.
  • 10/6/2014 USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Refugee and Asylee Issues (Updated 10/6/14)
    USCIS invitation to a 10/9/14 NSC teleconference on refugee and asylee issues. Registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14091651.
  • 10/6/2014 CIS Ombudsman Invitation to Fourth Annual Conference (.pdf 799 KB) The Office of the CIS Ombudsman invites stakeholders to its Fourth Annual Conference, titled “Government and Stakeholders Working Together to Improve Immigration Services,” on 11/6/14 at the National Archives. Registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100643.
  • 10/6/2014 Call for Examples: Delayed Production and Delivery of Legal Permanent Resident Cards
    AILA Liaison seeks examples of cases where clients entered the United States on an immigrant visa at least six months ago, and have not yet received their permanent resident cards. Please send us your examples by 10/31/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100642.
  • 10/6/2014 Third DHS OIG Memo on Site Visits for UACs in DHS Custody (.pdf 1178 KB) DHS OIG released a memo on site visits performed between 8/21/14 and 9/26/14 of detention facilities for UACs. Report states that CBP has improved medical screening, facility cleaning, food service, and case processing but improvements are still needed in training, policies, and procedures.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100641.
  • 10/6/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 6, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 6, 2014.
  • 10/6/2014 AILA: Obama Talks Big on Immigration Reform, But is Not Delivering
    AILA President Leslie Holman responds to two recent announcements from the Obama Administration regarding the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program and a plan to allow young children from Central American countries to apply for refugee status from outside the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100640.
  • 10/3/2014 Your AILA8 for October 3, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100343.
  • 10/3/2014 Practice Alert: Duplicate Biometrics Appointment Notices (Updated 9/26/14)
    USCIS is aware that some duplicate biometrics notices have been issued and has provided guidance on how to handle such cases.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082642.
  • 10/3/2014 DOS Notice of New Visa Fees Effective September 12, 2014 (.pdf 661 KB) DOS notice of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application fee changes as of September 12, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100342.
  • 10/3/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 3, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 3, 2014.
  • 10/3/2014 HHS Reunification Procedures for Unaccompanied Alien Children
    HHS requests comments on the Family Reunification Application, the Family Reunification Checklist for Sponsors, and the Authorization for Release of Information, used to determine the suitability of a sponsor/respondent for the release of a minor from ORR custody. (79 FR 59774, 10/3/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100341.
  • 10/3/2014 USCIS Alert on E-Verify Record Disposal (.pdf 565 KB) USCIS alert that effective 1/1/15, E-Verify transaction records that are more than ten years old will be deleted and cases created prior to 12/31/04 will no longer be accessible in E-Verify. You must download the new Historic Records Report before 12/31/14 to receive a record of those cases.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100340.
  • 10/2/2014 BIA Holds DHS Did Not Prove Admission Under Visa Waiver Program
    Unpublished BIA decision holds that DHS did not satisfy burden of proving admission under the Visa Waiver Program where it submitted no direct evidence of such and the respondent was not bound by a prior attorney concession. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Utzeri, 7/16/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100249.
  • 10/2/2014 Your AILA8 for October 2, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100248.
  • 10/2/2014 BIA Orders Further Consideration of Motion to Suppress Based on Local Traffic Stop
    Unpublished BIA decision remands for further consideration of motion to suppress because the IJ failed to assess the legality of the initial traffic stop by the Maryland Transportation Authority. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Sanchez, 7/11/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100247.
  • 10/2/2014 Did You Miss the AILA Web Seminar on Supervised Recruitment?
    Did you miss the recent AILA web seminar on what to expect from supervised recruitment? Receive an overview of the process and requirements, strategies for controlling recruitment expenses, DOL timelines, and more! You can purchase the downloadable recording and listen anytime that is convenient.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100246.
  • 10/2/2014 Supreme Court Grants Cert in Kerry v. Din (.pdf 520 KB) On 10/2/14, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Kerry v. Din to determine whether a consular officer’s refusal of a visa to a U.S. citizen spouse impinges upon a constitutionally protected interest of the citizen.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100245.
  • 10/2/2014 VSC Invitation to 2014 Fall Stakeholder Conference (Updated 10/2/14) (.pdf 575 KB) VSC invites stakeholders to the 2014 Fall Stakeholder Conference at the Vermont Service Center on Friday, October 24, 2014. Tentative agenda and RSVP information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082145.
  • 10/2/2014 AILA Board of Governors Meeting Minutes (9/20/14) (.pdf 675 KB) Minutes from the AILA Board of Governors Meeting held on September 20, 2014 in Seattle, WA.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100244.
  • 10/2/2014 Call for Examples: 2014 H-1B RFEs and Denials
    AILA Liaison seeks examples of H-1B petition RFEs and denials from 2014 that were issued at the end of the 15-day Premium Processing period; issued for a small business; and/or where USCIS questions whether or not the position is a “specialty occupation.” Please send us your examples by 10/17/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100240.
  • 10/2/2014 Building a Referral Network from Other Immigration Attorneys
    It may seem odd to think of ‘the competition’ as a referral source for potential clients, but in many ways, other immigration lawyers are excellent referral sources. In this week’s practice success tip, learn how your professional connections can help you build a strong network of clients.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100243.
  • 10/2/2014 Democratic Letter to President on Administrative Business Fixes (.pdf 2248 KB) A 9/30/14 letter from House Democrats to President Obama urging him to implement administrative business fixes.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100242.
  • 10/2/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 2, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 2, 2014.
  • 10/2/2014 CA9 Says BIA Abused its Discretion when Denying Motion to Reopen In Absentia Order (.pdf 542 KB) The court granted the petition for review, finding that the petitioner should not have lost her right to a hearing because the government improperly recorded, and then sent notice to an old address, rather than the current one she claimed to have given them. (Velasquez v. Holder, 9/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100241.
  • 10/1/2014 Your AILA8 for October 1, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100149.
  • 10/1/2014 Call for Examples: 2014 L-1B RFEs and Denials (Updated 10/1/14)
    AILA is seeking examples of L-1B petition RFEs and denials issued in 2014. Please send us your examples by October 17, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14030544.
  • 10/1/2014 AILA Monthly Calendar of Events: October 2014 (.pdf 335 KB) Get connected to the AILA community with the AILA Monthly Calendar of Events. The calendar features national conferences and seminars, local chapter events, government stakeholder engagements, and more!
  • 10/1/2014 VOICE: October 2014
    In the October 2014 VOICE, learn about the effect of Matter of Chairez on foreigners facing removal for a crime, issues concerning alcohol abuse and waivers of inadmissibility, one attorney’s path to starting her practice out of law school, the benefits of AILA’s Mentor Program, and more!
    AILA Doc. No. 14100148.
  • 10/1/2014 Immigration Court Practice Manual Updates Appendix A (.pdf 473 KB) On 9/30/14, the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge updated Appendix A of the Immigration Court Practice Manual to reflect the closing of the El Centro Immigration Court.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100147.
  • 10/1/2014 DHS Annual Report on Immigration Enforcement Actions During 2013 (.pdf 636 KB) DHS Annual Report from the Office of Immigration Statistics on immigration enforcement actions taken during 2013. Report includes a description of the immigration enforcement process and apprehension and inadmissibility data, as well as trends and characteristics of enforcement actions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100146.
  • 10/1/2014 CSC Stakeholders Newsletter, First Quarter FY2015 (.pdf 1419 KB) The CSC newsletter for the first quarter of FY2015, including best practices for family-based petitions, a save-the-date for an October listening session on P-1A internationally recognized athletes, and a reminder of the H-1B filing tips and religious worker teleconference on 10/9/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100145.
  • 10/1/2014 BIA Vacates Stipulated Removal Order
    Unpublished BIA decision vacates stipulated removal order because IJ did not address whether waiver of hearing was voluntary, knowing, and intelligent, citing 8 CFR 1003.25(b). Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Aquino, 7/8/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100144.
  • 10/1/2014 Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for FY2015 (.pdf 521 KB) The White House released a presidential memorandum on refugee admission, allowing the admission of up to 70,000 refugees for FY2015. The memo indicates that individuals from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador may be considered refugees within their countries of nationality or habitual residence.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100142.
  • 10/1/2014 BIA Holds Florida Burglary Not a Categorical CIMT
    Unpublished BIA grants motion to reconsider and holds burglary under Fla. Stat. 810.02(2)(a) is not categorical CIMT because certain subsections do not require the structure to be occupied at the time of the breaking. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Reyes, 7/8/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100143.
  • 10/1/2014 District Court Reaffirms that ICE Detainers Are Not Mandatory (.pdf 526 KB) The district court in Illinois cited Galarza v. Szalczyk to rule that local law enforcement offices should not consider ICE detainers issued pursuant to 8 CFR §287.7 as mandatory. (Moreno v. Napolitano, 9/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100141.
  • 10/1/2014 USCIS Filing Procedures for Liberians Eligible for Deferred Enforced Departure
    USCIS notice with filing procedures for employment authorization and automatic extension of existing employment authorization documents for Liberians eligible for deferred enforced departure after DED was extended for an additional 24 months (through 9/30/16). (79 FR 59286, 10/1/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14100140.
  • 10/1/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – October 1, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on October 1, 2014.
  • 9/30/2014 AILA Quicktake #99: U-Visa Certifications
    AILA member Graham Bateman shares her experience in Alexandria, Louisiana, where there has been change in how police interact with the local Hispanic community on the issue of U-Visas.
    AILA Doc. No. 14093048.
  • 9/30/2014 Your AILA8 for September 30, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14093047.
  • 9/30/2014 Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children in Light of New Priorities (.pdf 574 KB) EOIR 9/10/14 memorandum to IJs addressing concerns related to continuances to obtain representation, adjournments for other reasons, and appearances by custodians, in light of docketing changes relating to unaccompanied children.
    AILA Doc. No. 14093045.
  • 9/30/2014 AILA Resources on Detention (Updated 9/30/14)
    Resources related to detention conditions and policy, including legislation, press statements, and hearings.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011164.
  • 9/30/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: A Look Into Karnes
    Ruby Powers, an AILA member, recently volunteered at the Karnes family detention center; this blog post highlights some of what she saw there and ends with a call for volunteers and her promise, “I guarantee that you will not regret the time you spend helping these families.”
  • 9/30/2014 Nevada Chapter: USCIS Liaison Meeting Minutes (1/22/14) (.pdf 592 KB) Nevada Chapter liaison minutes from meeting with USCIS Las Vegas on 1/22/14. Topics include: field office staffing and training, biometrics, remand of adjustment of status cases from ICE, documentation of conditional permanent resident status, parole-in-place, and processing times.
    AILA Doc. No. 14093043.
  • 9/30/2014 San Diego Chapter – SSA/DMV Liaison Meeting Minutes (9/12/14) (.pdf 471 KB) San Diego Chapter’s SSA/DMV Subcommittee minutes from meeting with SSA Community Liaison Yolanda York on 9/12/14. Topics include: subcommittee goals, requirements to apply for a SSN, normal processing time and follow up process, and process if applicants are having difficulty obtaining a SSA card.
    AILA Doc. No. 14093040.
  • 9/30/2014 DOS Announcement on 2016 Diversity Visa Program (.pdf 687 KB) DOS announcement that the 2016 Visa Program (DV-2016) will open at noon (EDT) on 10/1/14, and will close at noon (EST) on 11/3/14. Applicants must submit entries electronically during the registration period using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at dvlottery.state.gov.
    AILA Doc. No. 14093041.
  • 9/30/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – September 30, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on September 30, 2014.
  • 9/29/2014 Your AILA8 for September 29, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092948.
  • 9/29/2014 CA6 Dismisses Motion to Reopen for Lack of Jurisdiction (.pdf 554 KB) The court found it lacked jurisdiction to review the BIA’s denial of the petitioner’s second motion to reopen because of humanitarian factors, finding that the exercise of the BIA’s sua sponte authority was discretionary and not subject to judicial review. (Rais v. Holder, 9/16/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14092947.
  • 9/29/2014 CA1 Affirms Denial of Motion to Reopen (.pdf 467 KB) The court found the BIA did not abuse its discretion in denying the motion to reopen, finding petitioner was ineligible for adjustment as he did not voluntarily depart when required and he did not comply with ineffective assistance of counsel requirements. (Taveras-Duran v. Holder, 9/23/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14092946.
  • 9/29/2014 Central Florida Chapter – Orlando USCIS Liaison Minutes (9/23/14) (.pdf 829 KB) Central Florida Chapter liaison minutes from Orlando USCIS meeting on 9/23/14. Topics include: ASC walk-in policy, foreign country divorces, withdrawal of an I-130 in response to a NOID, I-485 interviews, jurisdiction of Orlando and Jacksonville USCIS offices, and congressional inquiry responses.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092944.
  • 9/29/2014 AIM: President Leslie Holman Discusses the 2014/2015 Term
    For September's AILA Interview of the Month (AIM), AILA President Leslie Holman discusses her goals for the 2014/2015 term.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092943.
  • 9/29/2014 Welcome New Members
    AILA would like to welcome its newest members.
    AILA Doc. No. 11123049.
  • 9/29/2014 CBP Integrity and Personal Accountability Strategy (.pdf 621 KB) CBP Integrity and Personal Accountability Strategy, outlining for all CBP employees a set of goals and objectives for CBP to implement comprehensive programs designed to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to instances of corruption and misconduct across all levels in the agency.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092942.
  • 9/29/2014 BIA Says Menacing in Oregon Is a CIMT (.pdf 1129 KB) Unpublished BIA decision dismissing appeal and concluding that menacing in violation of §163.190 of the Oregon statute is categorically a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) and respondent is ineligible for cancellation of removal under §240(A)(b). Courtesy of Diana M. Bailey.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092902.
  • 9/29/2014 PL 113-160 Emergency Afghan Allies Extension Act 2014 (.pdf 202 KB) Public Law 113-160 signed on 8/8/14 by President Obama amending the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 to increase by 1,000 the number of Afghan special immigrant visas available in FY2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092940.
  • 9/29/2014 Letter from AILA Chapters to the Obama Administration on the Need for Children and Families to Receive Due Process (.pdf 557 KB) All of AILA’s U.S.-based chapters signed on to this open letter which calls for the Obama Administration to immediately review its current inhumane and unconstitutional detention and removal policies towards children and families with children.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092900.
  • 9/29/2014 ICE Request for Comments on Form I-901
    ICE 60-day notice for comments on proposed revisions to the Fee Remittance for Certain F, J, and M Nonimmigrants (Form I-901). DHS collects a fee not to exceed $200 from nonimmigrant foreign students and exchange visitors. Comments are due by 11/24/14. (79 FR 57565, 9/25/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14092901.
  • 9/29/2014 CA11 Says Beneficiary of Approved I-140 Has Standing to Challenge I-140 Revocation (.pdf 510 KB) The court vacated and remanded, holding that an alien who is the beneficiary of an approved I-140, has applied for adjustment of status, and ported under INA §204(j), has standing to challenge the revocation of an I-140 petition. (Kurapati v. USCIS, 9/22/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14092964.
  • 9/29/2014 USCIS Comment Request on Form I-690
    USCIS 60-day notice of a request for comments on proposed revisions to the Application for Waiver of Grounds of Excludability (Form I-690). Comments are due by 11/18/14. (79 FR 56384, 9/19/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14092963.
  • 9/29/2014 CA11 Says Silence in DOS Reports Cannot Rebut Evidence of Torture of Returned Asylum Seekers (.pdf 510 KB) The court vacated and remanded the 2013 order of removal, concluding that the silence in the DOS Country Reports could not, without more, rebut evidence presented that petitioner would suffer persecution as a failed asylum seeker if returned to Sri Lanka. (Gaksakuman v. Att’y Gen., 9/18/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14092941.
  • 9/29/2014 CA9 Says CA Attempted Arson Is an Aggravated Felony (.pdf 571 KB) The court held a conviction for attempted arson in violation of California Penal Code §455 constituted an aggravated felony and the additional element in the federal explosive materials statute is a purely jurisdictional element which must be disregarded. (Sandoval-Gomez v. Holder, 9/22/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14092962.
  • 9/29/2014 USCIS Notice of CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Numerical Limitation for FY2015
    USCIS notice of the annual fiscal year numerical limitation for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana islands (CNMI)-only Transitional Worker (CW-1) nonimmigrant classification for FY2015. Notice is effective as of 9/29/14. (79 FR 58241, 9/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14092961.
  • 9/29/2014 Deferred Enforced Departure Extended for Eligible Liberians in the U.S. (.pdf 558 KB) USCIS press release announcing that it will automatically extend EADs for Liberian nationals covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through 3/30/15 due to DED being extended through 9/30/16 for qualified Liberians.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092960.
  • 9/29/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – September 29, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on September 29, 2014.
  • 9/26/2014 Your AILA8 for September 26, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092645.
  • 9/26/2014 CRS Report on Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Programs (.pdf 775 KB) Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on special immigrant visa programs for Iraqis and Afghans who have worked for the U.S. as translators or interpreters, including analysis of challenges involving application processing and screening.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092644.
  • 9/26/2014 Call for Examples: Matter of Symantec Denials
    AILA's DOL Liaison Committee is seeking examples of PERM applications that were improperly denied based on non-compliance with 20 CFR §656.17(f) as per the recent BALCA en banc decision Matter of Symantec Corp, 7/30/14. Submit your example today!
    AILA Doc. No. 14092600.
  • 9/26/2014 VSC Stakeholders Newsletter, Summer 2014 (.pdf 834 KB) Vermont Service Center (VSC) stakeholders newsletter for summer 2014, providing TPS filing tips, a message from VSC Director Laura Zuchowski, a reminder to provide apartment numbers with return addresses, and a reminder of the 10/24/14 VSC stakeholder event.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092646.
  • 9/26/2014 SEVP Draft Guidance on Pathway Programs (.pdf 579 KB) ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requests feedback on draft policy guidance clarifying for SEVP adjudicators the appropriate adjudication of pathway programs and issuance of Form I-20. SEVP may only certify these programs for F-1 students. Feedback is being accepted until 11/10/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092643.
  • 9/26/2014 USCIS Form I-9 Webinar Now Available On-Demand (.pdf 564 KB) USCIS published a free Form I-9 webinar in on-demand format. This webinar about how to properly complete the Form I-9 is available anytime and you can choose specific chapters or watch the entire 22 minute video.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092642.
  • 9/26/2014 OSC Settles Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination Claim Against Major Airline (.pdf 581 KB) OSC settlement where United Continental Holdings Inc. agreed to pay $215,000 and create a back pay fund, after investigations found it requested lawful permanent residents, but not U.S. citizen employees, to complete additional Forms I-9 and provide additional proof of employment eligibility.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092641.
  • 9/26/2014 Letter to President Obama Opposing Family Detention (.pdf 784 KB) On 9/25/14, AILA joined 167 organizations in urging President Obama to close the Artesia and Karnes detention centers and to halt plans to open a new family detention facility in Dilley, Texas.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092640.
  • 9/26/2014 CA6 Rejects BIA’s Narrow Interpretation of §212(h) (.pdf 547 KB) The court held that the text of §212(h) is unambiguous and that the bar to seeking a §212(h) waiver of inadmissibility does not apply to persons who adjusted to lawful permanent resident status after having entered into the U.S. by inspection. (Stanovsek v. Holder, 9/24/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14092661.
  • 9/26/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – September 26, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on September 26, 2014.
  • 9/26/2014 AILA Quicktake #98: DHS Announcements on Family Detention
    AILA President Leslie Holman discusses the two disturbing announcements made this week by ICE and DHS regarding a new family detention facility in Dilley, Texas, and DHS appealing bond decisions for some mothers and children detained in Artesia, NM.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092660.
  • 9/25/2014 Your AILA8 for September 25, 2014
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092544.
  • 9/25/2014 Are You Undercharging for Your Services? Part II
    Last week we discussed how many lawyers limit the value of their own services when discussing fees with clients. So how do you build that confidence to resist the urge to lower your fee? Here are five solutions to help you from deviating from your goal of quoting the fee you know you are worth.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092542.
  • 9/25/2014 NY District USCIS Liaison Inquiry Procedures and Form (2014-15) (.pdf 482 KB) Revised NY District USCIS Liaison Inquiry Procedures and Form (2014-15), including rules, directions, and process for requesting liaison assistance.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092541.
  • 9/25/2014 Chicago Chapter – USCIS Chicago Field Office Minutes – Question 7 Updated Response (9/12/14) (.pdf 475 KB) Chicago Chapter provides an update on Question 7 from the 9/4/14 AILA Chicago Chapter meeting with the Chicago Field Office. Question is regarding the correction of conditional residence for same-sex couples whose date of marriage is now backdated to the date of a previous civil union.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092540.
  • 9/25/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – September 25, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on September 25, 2014.
  • 9/25/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: A Shameful Chapter in Our History
    AILA Second Vice President Annaluisa Padilla expresses her disappointment in the Administration’s choice to increase family detention capacity with the new facility at Dilley, TX writing, “We should be ashamed of building more prisons for women and children.”

 
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