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Recent Postings

  • 1/23/2015 Your AILA8 for January 23, 2015
    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. 15012343.
  • 1/23/2015 AILA Leadership Blog: Claiming Victory at What Price?
    Christina Brown describes the plight of indigenous language speakers – kids and moms – incarcerated at the family detention center in Dilley, Texas who "cannot communicate with immigration judges or asylum officers, and many are pushed through the process with no opportunity to tell their story."
  • 1/23/2015 2015 AILA Spring Conference
    April 17, 2015
    The Washington Court Hotel
    Washington, DC
  • 1/23/2015 2015 AILA Midwest Regional Conference (.pdf 127 KB) March 9, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    This event is being presented by AILA’s Chicago Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 1/23/2015 Letter to Secretary Perez on Modernizing and Enhancing the PERM Labor Certification Program (.pdf 605 KB) Letter to Secretary Perez in response to DOL’s announcement that it would undertake a comprehensive examination of the permanent labor certification process and regulatory requirements in an effort to modernize the program and make it more responsive to changes in the national workforce.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012342.
  • 1/23/2015 AILA 2015 Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference
    March 19-20, 2015
    Seattle University School of Law
    Seattle, WA
    This event is being presented by AILA’s Washington State Chapter and co-sponsored by AILA’s Oregon Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 1/23/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 23, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 23, 2015.
  • 1/23/2015 DOS Organizational Directory Telephone List (Updated 1/23/15) (.pdf 796 KB) Unclassified Organizational Telephone Directory of the Department of State current as of 1/23/15.
    AILA Doc. No. 11091467.
  • 1/23/2015 DOS Telephone List of Key Officers (Updated 1/23/15) (.pdf 897 KB) Unclassified list of key Department of State officers, current as of 1/20/15.
    AILA Doc. No. 07122063.
  • 1/23/2015 District Court Upholds One-Year H-1B Validity Period
    While recognizing USCIS must apply preponderance of the evidence standard, court concluded beneficiary’s work was project-dependent and the record supported USCIS one-year limit for H-1B petition (Valorem Consulting Group, LLC v. USCIS, 1/15/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012341.
  • 1/23/2015 HHS Notice on Annual Update of 2015 Poverty Guidelines
    Health and Human Services (HHS) notice providing an update of the HHS 2015 poverty guidelines to account for last calendar year’s increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index, effective January 22, 2015. (80 FR 3236, 1/22/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012340.
  • 1/23/2015 USCIS Office Closings for 2015 (Updated 1/23/15)
    USCIS alert that the Pittsburgh, PA Field Office is moving and will be closed Friday, 1/23/15 and re-open on Tuesday, 1/27/15.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010846.
  • 1/22/2015 AILA Anniversaries
    The following members are enjoying significant AILA Anniversaries. Help us recognize members who joined in January 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years ago.
    AILA Doc. No. 09081281.
  • 1/22/2015 Questions Sought for 2/12/15 NSC Stakeholder Conference on Refugee/Asylee Issues
    AILA's Nebraska Service Center (NSC) Liaison Committee requests agenda items from all AILA members to present to NSC at a teleconference on refugee and asylee issues. Please send non-case specific items by end of business on 1/29/15.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012245.
  • 1/22/2015 CA8 Holds Substantial Evidence Supports IJ’s Adverse Credibility Determination (.pdf 518 KB) The court denied the petition to review the asylum, withholding, and CAT denials, finding that the Somali petitioner’s inconsistent testimony and lack of corroborating evidence provided substantial evidence to support the IJ’s adverse credibility determination. (Ali v. Holder, 1/8/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012244.
  • 1/22/2015 Amicus Brief Filed by Former Consular Officers Arguing for Judicial Review of Consular Decisions (.pdf 587 KB) Amicus brief filed by former consular officers in Kerry v. Din arguing that judicial review should be available for visa adjudications denied on grounds extending beyond consular discretion, with appropriate restrictions to prevent release of classified information.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012243.
  • 1/22/2015 DOS Comment Request on DS-230
    DOS notice of request for public comment on the Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (DS-230). Comments are due by 3/23/15. (80 FR 2771, 1/20/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012241.
  • 1/22/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 22, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 22, 2015.
  • 1/22/2015 Three Questions to Consider When Advising and Representing Clients Who May Benefit from Executive Action
    What responsibilities do you have when communicating information? What should be considered when setting a fee? What ethical considerations can stem from employing non-lawyer staff? Learn your ethical obligations in this week’s PST.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012240.
  • 1/21/2015 Your AILA8 for January 21, 2015
    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. 15012151.
  • 1/21/2015 AILA Amicus Brief Argues for Judicial Review of Consular Decisions (.pdf 645 KB) AILA amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court arguing that consular decisions, like other agency decisions, should be reviewed for legal, procedural, and factual error.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012150.
  • 1/21/2015 Call for Examples: National Visa Center Issues (Updated 1/21/15)
    On 11/4/14, AILA members and members of the AILA DOS Liaison Committee attended a meeting at the NVC to discuss ongoing issues of concern regarding NVC processing. If you have experienced problems with the NVC since 11/4/14, please send us your case examples by February 13, 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 14062646.
  • 1/21/2015 AILA Amicus Brief Argues BIA Does Not Have Authority to Disregard Regulation (.pdf 4793 KB) AILA amicus brief arguing that the BIA does not have the authority to disregard the plain language of 8 CFR 1245.2(a)(5)(ii), and that even if it did, it should not disrupt the settled expectations of adjustment applicants.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012149.
  • 1/21/2015 BOG Memo and Documents for Proposed Reincorporation (1/21/15) (.pdf 2124 KB) Governance documents that were part of the Board of Governors materials for the Mid-Year Board meeting are posted here separately for ease of access by the membership.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012148.
  • 1/21/2015 2015 Midyear Board Meeting Materials (.pdf 3714 KB) The AILA Board of Governors will meet Saturday, January 31, 2015, in Maui, Hawaii. This document contains the agenda and meeting materials, including a report by the Bylaws Committee regarding amending the AILA bylaws and reincorporating in the District of Columbia.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012165.
  • 1/21/2015 Free This Month on Agora
    AILA free items for January are now available. Read a free article on residency-defined immigration versus taxation and expatriate tax consequences. Also download a seminar recording on advising clients on crossing a land border. Check them out today!
  • 1/21/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 21, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 21, 2015.
  • 1/21/2015 CA4 Holds Unauthorized Use Under Va. Code § 18.2-102 Is Not an Aggravated Felony (.pdf 490 KB) The court vacated the removal order, holding that because there is a realistic probability Virginia would apply its unauthorized use statute, Va. Code § 18.2-102, to conduct that falls outside the BIA’s definition of theft offense, it is not an aggravated felony. (Castillo v. Holder, 1/14/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012147.
  • 1/21/2015 AILA Comments on RFE Template for I-140 E13 Multinational Executives and Managers (.pdf 771 KB) AILA comments on the proposed USCIS Request for Evidence (RFE) template for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, E13 Multinational Executives and Managers.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012146.
  • 1/21/2015 EB-5 Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 543 KB) EB-5 Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012145.
  • 1/21/2015 National Benefits Center Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 551 KB) NBC Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14. Updated processing times for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card are included, changing the processing time from 3.5 months to a date of 5/12/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012144.
  • 1/21/2015 Vermont Service Center Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 603 KB) VSC Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012143.
  • 1/21/2015 Call For Ideas to Help Shape a Federal Immigrant and Refugee Integration Strategy (Updated 1/21/15)
    The White House Task Force on New Americans put out a call for ideas to assist with the development of a federal immigrant integration strategy for new Americans. Send ideas and examples to NewAmericans@who.eop.gov by February 9, 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011354.
  • 1/21/2015 Texas Service Center Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 601 KB) TSC Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012142.
  • 1/21/2015 Nebraska Service Center Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 584 KB) NSC Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012141.
  • 1/21/2015 California Service Center Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 609 KB) CSC Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012140.
  • 1/21/2015 Proving Extreme Hardship for a Relative Based on Health Issues
    An applicant seeking an I-601 waiver or an I-601A provisional waiver must demonstrate extreme hardship to a USC or an LPR spouse or parent. In VOICE, A. Renée Pobjecky offers tips on establishing extreme hardship for a qualifying relative based on health issues, among other reasons.
  • 1/21/2015 USCIS Invitation to a Listening Session on DAPA (.pdf 576 KB) USCIS invitation to a 1/26/15 listening session on DAPA, where certain parents of U.S. citizens and LPRs who have been in the U.S. since 1/1/10, will be able to request deferred action. USCIS officials will provide an overview of the new initiative and seek feedback on DAPA.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012162.
  • 1/21/2015 USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Refugee and Asylee Issues
    USCIS invitation to a 2/12/15 NSC teleconference on refugee and asylee issues. Registration information will be provided closer to the date of the event.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012161.
  • 1/21/2015 AAO Approves Petition for Business Operations Specialist Under INA §203(b)(3)(A)(ii) (.pdf 525 KB) Unpublished AAO decision sustaining appeal and approving the petition under INA §203(b)(3)(A)(ii), finding the job offer on the ETA Form 9089 was valid and the petitioner established its ability to pay the proffered wage to the beneficiary. Courtesy of James Tam.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012160.
  • 1/20/2015 AILA Resources on Detention (Updated 1/20/15)
    Resources related to detention conditions and policy, including legislation, press statements, and hearings.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011164.
  • 1/20/2015 AILA: Mass Detention of Asylum-Seekers is a Humanitarian Disaster (.pdf 742 KB) AILA statement submitted to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for a 1/30/15 briefing titled “State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities.”
    AILA Doc. No. 15012045.
  • 1/20/2015 Immigration Politics 2014/2015
    AILA Advocacy Department's daily immigration reform update.
    AILA Doc. No. 12120666.
  • 1/20/2015 Your AILA8 for January 20, 2015
    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. 15012044.
  • 1/20/2015 Call to All AILA Members: Questions Sought for USCIS Field Operations Liaison Meeting
    The AILA Field Operations Liaison Committee is seeking questions for its spring liaison meeting with the USCIS Field Operations Directorate. Please submit your proposed agenda questions by 1/30/15.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012043.
  • 1/20/2015 Call For Examples: DACA Renewal Applications Pending Over 120 Days (Updated 1/20/15)
    AILA is collecting examples of DACA renewal cases in which the renewal Form I-821D has been pending over 120 days. Please complete the questions and upload a copy of your I-821D receipt notice.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102044.
  • 1/20/2015 AILA Resources on Business Immigration (Updated 1/20/15)
    Resources related to business immigration, including press statements, reports, and fact sheets.
    AILA Doc. No. 13032947.
  • 1/20/2015 Federal Court Litigation Section Quarterly Conference Call (2/4/15)
    February 4, 2015
    3pm Eastern
    Teleconference
  • 1/20/2015 DOL Adds Keyword Search Function to OFLC FAQs (.pdf 478 KB) DOL alert that it has updated its FAQs with a new keyword search function. Users may now search the FAQs using a single keyword or exact phrase to identify items in the FAQ database. Search FAQs have been added to the help guide and FAQs by rounds are also available.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012042.
  • 1/20/2015 USCIS Reminder for Requesting DACA (.pdf 597 KB) USCIS reminder that Form I-765 and required fees must be submitted with initial and renewal DACA requests. USCIS advises submitting DACA renewal requests between 150 and 120 days before the expiration date. USCIS’s processing goal is 120 days; inquiries can be submitted 105 days after filing.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012041.
  • 1/20/2015 AILA's New Website - Coming January 29th
    AILA's website has been revamped. As technology—and your research needs—have evolved, AILA.org has evolved too. We can't wait for you to take advantage of all the new and improved tools and resources AILA.org has to offer.
  • 1/20/2015 AILA New Members Division E-News, January 2015 (Vol. 6, Issue 6)
    This latest edition of AILA’s newsletter targeted at new members includes expert tips for when your detained client is a U.S. citizen, an overview on how other nations are luring foreign investors, California’s AB60, DOL’s re-evaluation of PERM, and exploring the U visa.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012040.
  • 1/20/2015 3rd Annual AILA Bangkok District Chapter Conference (1/20/15)
    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.
  • 1/20/2015 AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter 3rd Annual Immigration Law Conference (Updated 1/20/15)
    A Brave New World – Facing Challenges in the New Immigration Landscape
    February 20-21, 2015
    The Georgian Terrace Hotel
    Atlanta, GA
    This event is being presented by AILA’s Georgia-Alabama Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 1/20/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 20, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 20, 2015.
  • 1/20/2015 DHS Invitation to Human Trafficking 101 Teleconference (.pdf 535 KB) DHS invitation to a 1/26/15 teleconference on human trafficking. Teleconference will discuss the indicators of human trafficking, the investigation and prosecution of trafficking crimes, protections for immigrant victims including the U and T visas, and support services for trafficking victims.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012060.
  • 1/19/2015 DOL Extension of Comment Period on Notice of Intent to Issue Declaratory Order
    DOL notice of an extension of the comment period on the notice of intent to issue a declaratory order confirming DOL’s exclusive authority to make legal and policy determinations to administer and enforce the H-2B program. Comments now due 2/2/15. (80 FR 2445, 1/16/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15011940.
  • 1/16/2015 Your AILA8 for January 16, 2015
    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. 15011644.
  • 1/16/2015 AILA Quicktake #114: Beginning Arguments of Texas Lawsuit
    American Immigration Council's Melissa Crow sits down to discuss what happened at Thursday's hearing, the beginning arguments on the lawsuit filed by Texas and 20-some other states seeking to negate President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011643.
  • 1/16/2015 Ethical Considerations in Advising and Representing People Who May Benefit from the Immigration Accountability Executive Action (.pdf 1303 KB) It is fundamental to be ethically aware when helping individuals and families who may benefit from President Obama’s executive action. This practice advisory outlines the five key ethical areas which include informed consent, competence, fees, supervision and attorney advertising.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011642.
  • 1/16/2015 BIA Holds Hague Convention Does Not Apply to LPR Petitioning for Adopted Child (.pdf 519 KB) Unpublished BIA decision sustaining appeal and remanding, concluding that when an LPR petitioner and an USC spouse adopt a child together, they may choose either to pursue a Hague Convention adoption route or to pursue the Form 1-130 route through the LPR spouse. Courtesy of Robert H. Crane.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011641.
  • 1/16/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 16, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 16, 2015.
  • 1/16/2015 DOL Extends Comment Period for the H-2B Notice of Intent to Issue Declaratory Order (.pdf 481 KB) DOL notice that it is extending the public comment period on the Notice of Intent to Issue Declaratory Order (published in the Federal Register on 12/17/14, 79 FR 75179). DOL extended to comment period by 15 days, until 2/2/15 in order to provide the public with additional time to submit comments.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011640.
  • 1/15/2015 Your AILA8 for January 15, 2015
    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. 15011547.
  • 1/15/2015 CIS Ombudsman Teleconference on DACA Renewals (.pdf 537 KB) CIS Ombudsman invitation to a 1/27/15 teleconference to discuss DACA renewal issues. The teleconference will focus on renewal processing issues only and will not discuss the recent executive actions, which will expand DACA and have not yet become effective. Registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011546.
  • 1/15/2015 USCIS Notice of Online Tools Unavailability (Updated 1/15/15)
    USCIS notice that it will conduct system maintenance from 7am to 5pm (ET) on Saturday, January 17. During this time, USCIS online tools will be unavailable.
    AILA Doc. No. 13072641.
  • 1/15/2015 AILA Leadership Blog: Mexican Consulates Will Issue Birth Certificates…Starting Today!
    AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Mo Goldman applauds the Mexican consulates’ new birth certificate policy writing, “This announcement and change in policy comes at a critical juncture for millions of Mexican citizens living in the United States that may be eligible for Deferred Action.”
  • 1/15/2015 Mexican Consulates in the U.S. Will Now Issue Copies of Birth Certificates Registered in Mexico (.pdf 480 KB) Notice from the Mexican Embassy that starting on 1/15/15, Mexican consulates in the U.S. will issue copies of birth certificates registered in Mexico. To obtain certified copies, Mexican nationals should visit the nearest consulate.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011545.
  • 1/15/2015 Call for Examples: LGBT Clients Experiencing Prejudice from U.S. Interests Section in Havana
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee has become aware of possible issues with LGBT applicants at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba. If you have a client that has experienced homophobia or prejudice based on sexual orientation when applying for a U.S. visa in Cuba, please fill out the survey.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011544.
  • 1/15/2015 Practice Alert: Beware the Preparer’s Declaration on the New I-129 Form (.pdf 517 KB) AILA Practice Alert advising members that the new version of USCIS Form I-129 (Ed. 10/23/14), which becomes mandatory on May 1, 2015, contains a new “Preparer’s Declaration” that appears to place duties on the preparer that are much higher than that which was required on prior editions of the form.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011543.
  • 1/15/2015 District Court Holds Medical and Health Services Manager Is a Specialty Occupation (.pdf 560 KB) The district court found that USCIS’s denial of the visa petition was based on legal error, and that the health services manager position qualified as a specialty occupation. (Warren Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic, P.C., v. USCIS, 1/12/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15011542.
  • 1/15/2015 Boost Your Marketing by Embracing the Long-Tail Search
    When it comes to consumers searching the web for legal help, they perform two types of searches: a branded search and a long-tail search. Long-tail searches involve detailed words and phrases specific to the needs of the client. Embrace this simple tool and boost your online searches with this PST.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011541.
  • 1/15/2015 DHS To Launch “Known Employer” Pilot Program in Late 2015 (.pdf 520 KB) USCIS message that DHS is considering a "Known Employer" pilot program, to be launched by late 2015, to streamline adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests filed by eligible U.S. employers.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011540.
  • 1/15/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 15, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 15, 2015.
  • 1/14/2015 Your AILA8 for January 14, 2015
    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. 15011446.
  • 1/14/2015 2015 Visa Reciprocity Changes (Updtated 1/14/15)
    DOS updates the visa reciprocity tables, including updated information for Fiji.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010740.
  • 1/14/2015 Asylum Committee Seeks Examples of Errors During Credible Fear Interviews
    The AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee is seeking case examples of errors made during credible fear interviews (CFIs) that could impede access to asylum, including credible fear denials that were overturned by the IJ and improper lines of questioning or errors by asylum officers during CFIs.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011445.
  • 1/14/2015 Audio File: Q&A with Media about Dilley detention center opening
    In this audio file, Lead Attorney for the AILA – Immigration Council Artesia Pro Bono Project, Christina Brown, answers questions from press about the Dilley detention center along with representatives from the Women’s Refugee Commission and the National Immigrant Justice Center
    AILA Doc. No. 15011444.
  • 1/14/2015 AILA: Immigration Innovation Act Would Help Economy
    AILA President Leslie Holman lauded the introduction of the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared” Act) saying, “I’m encouraged that this bipartisan group of Senators recognizes what so many economists and business leaders do as well: that welcoming innovative thinkers is key to economic prosperity.”
    AILA Doc. No. 15011443.
  • 1/14/2015 High-Skilled Immigration Bill (“I-Squared”) Reintroduced in Senate
    On 1/13/15, Senators Hatch (R-Utah), Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rubio (R-Fla.), Coons (D-Del.), Flake (R-Ariz.), and Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2015. This bill was first introduced in the 113th Congress.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011442.
  • 1/14/2015 Letter to Director Rodriguez on DACA Renewal Processing Times (.pdf 552 KB) A 12/12/14 letter from AILA to USCIS Director León Rodríguez, expressing concern over serious delays in processing renewal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications, and asking USCIS to automatically extend work authorization to DACA renewal applicants.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011441.
  • 1/14/2015 CA4 Says 4/30/01 Deadline in §245(i) Is Not Subject to Equitable Tolling (.pdf 486 KB) The court agreed with the BIA and the Ninth Circuit that the 4/30/01 deadline imposed on INA §245(i) operates as a statute of repose that is not subject to equitable tolling. (Prasad v. Holder, 1/12/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15011440.
  • 1/14/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 14, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 14, 2015.
  • 1/13/2015 Citizenship Day 2015
    Each year, AILA sponsors "Citizenship Day," a single-day workshop with sites around the country providing assistance to lawful permanent residents eligible for naturalization. This year, events will be moved to the fall, set for September 19, 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 08020862.
  • 1/13/2015 For 2015 New Year’s Resolutions, Make SMART Goals
    As immigration lawyers begin 2015, we will make our resolutions, just as others do. Unfortunately, by spring, most of these goals will likely already have been neglected because they were not SMART goals. In VOICE, Cletus Weber explains the acronym and offers tips for applying it to your goals.
  • 1/13/2015 Your AILA8 for January 13, 2015
    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. 15011352.
  • 1/13/2015 AILA Letter Opposing Four Amendments of H.R. 240 (.pdf 575 KB) A 1/13/15 letter from AILA to the House of Representatives expressing opposition to four amendments to the DHS Appropriations Act 2015 (H.R. 240).
    AILA Doc. No. 15011347.
  • 1/13/2015 H.R. 240 – the DHS Appropriations Act 2015
    On 1/9/15, Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011245.
  • 1/13/2015 States File Complaint in District Court Alleging Immigration Actions Violate Constitution and APA (Updated 1/13/15)
    Documents related to Texas, et. al, v. U.S., filed on 12/3/14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division.
    AILA Doc. No. 14122946.
  • 1/13/2015 AILA Leadership Blog: New Yorkers Get New ID to Get Past the Velvet Rope
    Neena Dutta, Chair of AILA’s New York City Chapter, applauds the new municipal IDs in NYC as “one more great innovation by the city to make it more open and welcoming to the vulnerable and to help try to solve the great disconnect between Federal inaction and positive local action.”
  • 1/13/2015 Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim (1/13/15)
    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.
  • 1/13/2015 USCIS myE-Verify Accounts Expand to 16 More States (.pdf 759 KB) USCIS announcement that myEverify accounts are now accessible to residents in 16 additional states: California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011346.
  • 1/13/2015 National Benefits Center Processing Time Report (1/12/15) (.pdf 555 KB) NBC Processing Time Report released on 1/12/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011344.
  • 1/13/2015 EB-5 Processing Time Report (1/12/15) (.pdf 546 KB) EB-5 Processing Time Report released on 1/12/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011345.
  • 1/13/2015 Vermont Service Center Processing Time Report (1/12/15) (.pdf 606 KB) VSC Processing Time Report released on 1/12/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011343.
  • 1/13/2015 Texas Service Center Processing Time Report (1/12/15) (.pdf 605 KB) TSC Processing Time Report released on 1/12/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011342.
  • 1/13/2015 Nebraska Service Center Processing Time Report (1/12/15) (.pdf 588 KB) NSC Processing Time Report released on 1/12/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011341.
  • 1/13/2015 California Service Center Processing Time Report (1/12/15) (.pdf 628 KB) CSC Processing Time Report released on 1/12/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011340.
  • 1/13/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 13, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 13, 2015.
  • 1/12/2015 BIA Remands Motion to Reopen Denial for Russian Respondent (.pdf 577 KB) Unpublished BIA decision remanding, finding that given the current country conditions in Russia, the events described by respondent establish a reasonable likelihood that statutory requirements for relief sought have been satisfied. Courtesy of Alexander Segal.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011250.
  • 1/12/2015 Your AILA8 for January 12, 2015
    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. 15011249.
  • 1/12/2015 BIA Says Respondent Is Eligible for Withholding on Account of His Political Opinion (.pdf 632 KB) Unpublished BIA decision sustaining appeal from withholding denial, finding the violence and intimidation that respondent faced in Belarus, including being convicted and detained for 15 days, and having been kicked and punched by the police, constitute past persecution. Courtesy of Alexander Segal.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011248.
  • 1/12/2015 USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Business Issues (Updated 1/12/15)
    USCIS invitation to a 1/15/15 NSC teleconference on business issues. Registration information will be provided closer to the date of the event.
    AILA Doc. No. 14121541.
  • 1/12/2015 BIA Finds Unlawful Intercourse with a Minor Under California Penal Code Is an Aggravated Felony (.pdf 630 KB) The court concluded that the crime of unlawful intercourse with a minor in violation of California Penal Code §261.5(c) categorically constitutes “sexual abuse of a minor” and is an aggravated felony under INA §101(a)(43)(A). Matter of Esquivel-Quintana, 26 I&N Dec. 469 (BIA 2015)
    AILA Doc. No. 15011247.
  • 1/12/2015 Amicus Brief Urges Court to Find Jurisdiction Over Immigrant Visa Petition Revocation Proceeding (.pdf 643 KB) AILA/AIC amicus brief urging the Second Circuit to find that INA §242(a)(2)(B), which limits judicial review over certain discretionary decisions, does not preclude review over whether USCIS was required to provide notice of the immigrant visa petition revocation proceedings to the beneficiary.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011246.
  • 1/12/2015 Get Hands-on Experience at the March 6-8 Litigation Institute
    The 2015 AILA & The Council Litigation Institute is a unique practicum designed for attorneys of all levels to become confident and knowledgeable about litigating removal cases in immigration court and federal court. Space is limited. Register today.
  • 1/12/2015 Member Survey of Implementation of Deferred Action Expansion and New Enforcement Policy
    AILA and AIC would like to know how ICE and CBP are implementing changes to enforcement policy and the expansion of deferred action. Please complete this survey if you have a client who has been in contact with ICE or CBP and is eligible for Expanded DACA or DAPA or is not an enforcement priority.
    AILA Doc. No. 14120501.
  • 1/12/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 12, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 12, 2015.
  • 1/12/2015 EOIR Immigration Court Closings for 2015 (Updated 1/12/15)
    EOIR alert that the Arlington, Headquarters, and York Immigration Courts will be on a two-hour delayed opening today.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010743.
  • 1/12/2015 DHS Notice of Expansion of Global Entry to Seven Additional Airports
    DHS notice of Global Entry expansion to seven additional airports on or before 7/13/15. The exact starting date for each airport location will be announced on the CBP Global Entry website. These airports are in addition to the 32 currently designated Global Entry airports. (80 FR 1510, 1/12/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15011244.
  • 1/12/2015 DHS Notice of Expansion of Global Entry Eligibility to Citizens of Panama
    DHS notice of the expansion of Global Entry eligibility to citizens of the Republic of Panama, effective 1/12/15. (80 FR 1509, 1/12/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15011243.
  • 1/12/2015 AAO Processing Time Report (1/1/15) (.pdf 564 KB) AAO Processing Times as of January 1, 2015. All forms remain current.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011242.
  • 1/12/2015 BALCA Upholds Denial for Failure to Specify “Terms and Conditions” (.pdf 205 KB) BALCA found that by not including the benefit of free housing in its advertisements and NOF, the Employer offered terms and conditions of employment less favorable than those offered to the alien, violating 20 CFR §656.17(f)(7). (Matter of Needham-Betz Thoroughbreds, Inc., 12/31/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 15011241.
  • 1/12/2015 Visa Bulletin for February 2015 (.pdf 332 KB) DOS Visa Bulletin for February 2015. There is slight forward movement in most categories. Also included are notes on visa availability in the coming months.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011240.
  • 1/9/2015 USCIS Postpones Date When New I-129 Form Will Be Required (Updated 1/9/15)
    USCIS released a new I-129 Form, containing an edition date of 10/23/14. On 1/9/15, USCIS changed the date after which it would only accept the 10/23/14 edition from 2/23/15 to 5/1/15.
    AILA Doc. No. 14120207.
  • 1/9/2015 AILA Leadership Blog: ‘Tis the Season – H-1B SEASON!
    The Chair of AILA’s New York City Chapter, Neena Dutta shares some frustrations with H-1B denials, encourages AILA members to consider litigation, and finishes off with some tips on how to give your clients the best chance to successfully complete the process.
  • 1/9/2015 CA2 Finds Waiver Available to LPR Who Adjusted Status (.pdf 655 KB) The court found petitioner, an LPR who initially entered lawfully without LPR status, is eligible to seek a §212(h) waiver because he is unambiguously not "an alien who has previously been admitted to the U.S. as an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence." (Husic v. Holder, 1/8/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010943.
  • 1/9/2015 GMS International Lawyers List (Updated 1/9/15) (.pdf 584 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.
  • 1/9/2015 DOL Stakeholder Listening Session on the PERM Program (.pdf 467 KB) DOL invitation to a 1/22/15 listening session on the Permanent Labor Certification (PERM) program. DOL is interested in having a dialogue and receiving feedback regarding the PERM program’s role in employment-based immigration, its current regulatory framework, and general stakeholder concerns.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010941.
  • 1/9/2015 DOS Alert: Border Crossing Card Fee for Mexicans Under 15 Changed on 1/1/15 (.pdf 549 KB) DOS press release announcing that effective 1/1/15, DOS adjusted the processing fee for the Border Crossing Card (BCC) for Mexican citizens under age 15 who parent or guardian has or is applying for the BCC. The fee increased from $16 to $17.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010942.
  • 1/9/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 9, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 9, 2015.
  • 1/9/2015 USCIS Guidance on Ability of J-2 Derivatives to Adjust Based on J-1 Naturalization Under MAVNI (.pdf 459 KB) USCIS guidance stating that because a J-1 subject to INA 212(e) who enlists under MAVNI does not have a foreign residence requirement or need a waiver in order to naturalize, the J-2 derivatives are also not required to comply with the foreign residence requirement or obtain a waiver to adjust.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010940.
  • 1/8/2015 BIA Finds Reckless Conduct under Texas Penal Code is CIMT (.pdf 607 KB) The BIA held that the offense of deadly conduct under the Texas Penal Code § 22.05(a), which punishes a person who “recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury,” is categorically a CIMT. Matter of O.A. Hernandez, 26 I&N, Dec. 464 (BIA 2014)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010845.
  • 1/8/2015 USCIS Invitation to Quarterly Asylum Stakeholder Engagement (.pdf 579 KB) USCIS invitation to the 2/4/15 quarterly stakeholder engagement with the Asylum Division. Interested parties may participate in this event in-person only. Registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010844.
  • 1/8/2015 Your AILA8 for January 8, 2015
    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. 15010843.
  • 1/8/2015 USCIS Invitation to Dialogue with USCIS Director León Rodríguez (Updated 1/8/15) (.pdf 851 KB) USCIS invitation to a stakeholder teleconference on 1/22/15 with USCIS Director León Rodríguez, where he will highlight agency initiatives and respond to issues of concern from the stakeholder community. In-person participation is available but limited and there is a teleconference option.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010747.
  • 1/8/2015 USCIS Fliers on Executive Actions on Immigration (.pdf 743 KB) USCIS fliers warning potential applicants to avoid scams relating to executive actions on immigration, not to submit requests until new initiatives are available, and providing eligibility requirements for expanded DACA and DAPA. Fliers are available in English, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010842.
  • 1/8/2015 Five Tips to Begin 2015 with a Clean PC
    Unlike your goals to hit the gym, learn a new practice area or retain more clients, cleaning your PC does not involve much effort. In this week’s tip, we have laid out five tools to get your PC into top shape so you can get back to the goals that really matter.
    AILA Doc. No. 14010841.
  • 1/8/2015 Practice Alert: NVC to Handle Nonimmigrant Visa Inquiries Effective 01/12/15
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee alerts members that the National Visa Center (NVC) will now be the single point of contact for all domestic inquiries regarding nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases, effective Monday, January 12, 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010840.
  • 1/8/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 8, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 8, 2015.
  • 1/7/2015 Your AILA8 for January 7, 2015
    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. 15010749.
  • 1/7/2015 VOICE: January 2015
    In the January 2015 VOICE, learn about collaborating with criminal defense counsel, resisting the pressure to reduce your fees, proving extreme hardship for a relative based on health issues, expanding your professional network with AILA’s free tools, and more!
    AILA Doc. No. 15010745.
  • 1/7/2015 DOL Comment Request on Form ETA-9035
    DOL notice of a request for comments on Form ETA-9035, Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers and associated forms. Comments are due by 3/2/15. (79 FR 78910, 12/31/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010748.
  • 1/7/2015 CA5 Holds Public Lewdness Under Texas Penal Code §21.07 Is Not a CIMT (.pdf 560 KB) The court held that because public lewdness under Texas Penal Code §21.07 is divisible into discrete subsections of turpitudinous acts and non-turpitudinous acts, the petitioner’s offense under that statute is not categorically a CIMT. (Cisneros-Guerrerro v. Holder, 12/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010746.
  • 1/7/2015 Practice Alert: CSPA and Aging Out EB-5 China Derivatives (.pdf 523 KB) In anticipation of a predicted backlog for China-born EB-5 investors, AILA's EB-5 Liaison Committee provides a practice alert reviewing USCIS’s interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) as it applies to employment-based immigration cases involving derivatives of EB-5 China investors.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010744.
  • 1/7/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 7, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 7, 2015.
  • 1/7/2015 USCIS Request for Comments on I-140 E13 Multinational Executives and Manager RFE Template (.pdf 681 KB) USCIS request for comments on the RFE template for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, E13 Multinational Executives and Managers. Comments will be accepted between 1/7/15 and 1/20/15.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010742.
  • 1/7/2015 DHS Extension of El Salvador for TPS Through 9/9/16
    DHS notice of the extension of the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from 3/10/15 through 9/9/16. The 60-day re-registration period runs from 1/7/15 through 3/9/15. (80 FR 893, 1/7/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010741.
  • 1/6/2015 Your AILA8 for January 6, 2015
    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. 15010648.
  • 1/6/2015 DHS OIG Report on CBP Drone Program and CBP Response
    DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report finding CBP’s drone program does not achieve intended results or recognize all costs of operations. CBP issued a report stating that it disagreed with the report’s portrayal of the program.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010647.
  • 1/6/2015 AILA Quicktake #113: The 114th Congress Convenes
    With the start of the new Republican-controlled Congress, AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen describes what immigration priorities may take place this legislative session.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010646.
  • 1/6/2015 DOS and DHS Launch Awareness Campaign on Executive Action on Immigration (.pdf 598 KB) DOS and DHS “Executive Action on Immigration: Know the Facts” awareness campaign, a national and international effort aimed at the Mexican and Central American public, explaining how DAPA will be implemented and who is eligible, in an effort to dispel potential misinformation.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010645.
  • 1/6/2015 DHS Update to ICE Alien Health Records System of Records
    DHS notice on update of “DHS/ICE-013 Alien Health Records System of Records,” which maintains records that document the health screening, examination, and treatment of aliens arrested or detained by DHS or ICE. Comments are due by 2/4/15 and system is effective 2/4/15. (80 FR 239, 1/5/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010644.
  • 1/6/2015 DOS Continued Designation of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command as a Foreign Terrorist Organization
    DOS notice of the extension of the 2008 determination of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (and other aliases) as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to Section 219 of the INA. (80 FR 603, 1/6/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010643.
  • 1/6/2015 District Court Blocks Arizona ID Theft Law (.pdf 639 KB) The district court granted the preliminary injunction and enjoined defendants from enforcing AZ identity theft laws under ARS §13-2009(A)(3) and ARS §13-2008(A), finding plaintiffs likely to succeed in their claim that the laws are preempted by federal law. (Puente Arizona v. Arpaio, 1/5/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010642.
  • 1/6/2015 Help the Volunteers in San Antonio (Updated 1/6/15)
    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.
  • 1/6/2015 Volunteer in San Antonio, TX (Updated 1/6/15)
    We seek volunteer attorneys and support staff to help the women and children from Artesia in San Antonio, NM.
    AILA Doc. No. 14100656.
  • 1/6/2015 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.
  • 1/6/2015 Advising Your Clients on the Selection of an Electronic I-9 Software Provider (Updated 1/6/15) (.pdf 610 KB) AILA Verification & Documentation Liaison Committee practice pointer providing questions to ask electronic I-9 vendors when assessing whether the vendor’s system meets DHS regulatory requirements while providing a functionality that suits the needs of your client.
    AILA Doc. No. 10040134.
  • 1/6/2015 Let Your VOICE Be Heard! Write for AILA’s Online Magazine, VOICE: An Immigration Dialogue (.pdf 638 KB) Writing for VOICE is a fantastic way to share your expertise with your peers and raise your visibility. Contact voice@aila.org to propose articles between 500 and 700 words on family– and employment-based immigration, as well as on humanitarian relief and practice management.
    AILA Doc. No. 10081762.
  • 1/6/2015 Practice Pointer: Obtaining a Temporary I-551 Stamp Due to a Delayed I-90 (.pdf 509 KB) AILA practice pointer on how to obtain a temporary I-551 stamp at a local USCIS office. This is to provide a temporary solution for individuals in need of evidence of their permanent resident status if their I-90 application is pending beyond the posted processing time.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010641.
  • 1/6/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 6, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 6, 2015.
  • 1/6/2015 BIA Says IJ Erred in Determining 42 USC §408(a)(8) Conviction Is a CIMT (.pdf 651 KB) Unpublished BIA decision reversing IJ’s decision to pretermit the cancellation application because petitioner was convicted of a CIMT, holding that neither fraud or deceit, or impairing the function of government are inherent in the statutory language of 42 USC §408(a)(8). Courtesy of Paul Scott.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010640.
  • 1/5/2015 Your AILA8 for January 5, 2015
    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. 15010545.
  • 1/5/2015 CRS Report on Immigration Enforcement Between Ports of Entry (.pdf 1104 KB) Congressional Research Service (CRS) report summarizing appropriations and resources for border enforcement, indicators of outcomes, metrics for estimating unauthorized migration flows, and possible unintended consequences. Report concludes with cost and benefit analysis of current approach.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010544.
  • 1/5/2015 2015 AILA Missouri-Kansas Chapter Conference
    March 20, 2015
    Washington University School of Law
    St. Louis, MO
    This event is being presented by AILA’s Missouri-Kansas Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 1/5/2015 Selected News Clips on Artesia Pro Bono Efforts (Updated 1/5/15)
    Want to see the Artesia Pro Bono Project impact? Check out these selected clips chronicling the work of the volunteers and the plight of the mothers and children detained there, from national outlets to local press. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors – past, present, and future.
    AILA Doc. No. 14120305.
  • 1/5/2015 12th Annual AILA New England Chapter Immigration Law Conference
    Advanced Immigration Strategies
    Friday, March 6, 2015
    Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
    Boston, MA
    This event is being presented by AILA’s New England Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 1/5/2015 CA11 Remands for BIA to Consider All Types of Abuse in Religious Persecution Claim (.pdf 512 KB) The court remanded for the BIA to clarify whether it considered all the types of abuse unique to religious persecution, including both non-physical and physical harm, in light of Shi v. Att’y Gen., when it denied the claim of past persecution. (Huang v. Holder, 12/24/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010542.
  • 1/5/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 5, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 5, 2015.
  • 1/5/2015 DHS Extension and Redesignation of Syria for TPS
    DHS notice extending the designation of Syria for TPS for 18 months from 4/1/15 through 9/30/16, with the re-registration period running from 1/5/15 through 3/6/15. Syria is also redesignated for TPS and new applications may be submitted between 1/5/15 and 7/6/15. (80 FR 245, 1/5/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010541.
  • 1/5/2015 DHS Extension of Employment Authorization for Syrian F-1 Students
    DHS notice on extension of the suspension of certain requirements for employment authorization for Syrian F-1 nonimmigrant students experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of civil unrest in Syria since March 2011. Notice is effective from 1/5/15 through 9/30/16. (80 FR 232, 1/5/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010540.
  • 1/5/2015 AILA Liaison Notes from Teleconference with USCIS Customer Service (12/2/14) (.pdf 531 KB) AILA notes from 12/2/14 teleconference with the USCIS Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate on issues including: the new myUSCIS system, DACA renewal processing times, Secure Mail Initiative and LPR card issues, and Lockbox procedures.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010543.
  • 1/2/2015 Your AILA8 for January 2, 2015
    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. 15010243.
  • 1/2/2015 DHS OIG Report on CBP Miami Field Office Ports of Entry (.pdf 1331 KB) DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report recommending the CBP Miami Field Office promote best practices of Miami International Airport’s system that allows CBP officers to report passenger screening in real time and improving consistency of recordkeeping for changes to the biometric watchlist.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010242.
  • 1/2/2015 CA4 Reverses and Remands, Says Virginia Grand Larceny Conviction Is Not an Aggravated Felony (.pdf 513 KB) The court held the use of the word “or” did not render the crime divisible, the modified categorical approach did not apply, and under the categorical approach, the conviction under Va. Code Ann. §18.2-95 was not an aggravated felony theft offense. (Omargharib v. Holder, 12/23/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010260.
  • 1/2/2015 DOS Final Rule on Schedule of Fees for Consular Services
    DOS final rule amending the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services for visa fees, including the Border Crossing Card fee. Final rule is effective 1/1/15, except for the amendment to §22.1 in amendatory instruction 3, which is effective 10/4/15. (79 FR 79064, 12/31/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 15010241.
  • 1/2/2015 AILA Leadership Blog: Starting Off the New Year
    AILA President Leslie Holman highlights four action items on which the President can move forward immediately to help business development in the U.S. and keep families together – issues that he has said are of "paramount importance to him and necessary for the wellbeing of our country."
  • 1/2/2015 CSC Quarterly Stakeholder Newsletter (2nd Quarter 2015) (.pdf 1406 KB) CSC quarterly stakeholder newsletter for the second quarter in 2015, with the PowerPoint presentation used on 10/9/14 to discuss H-1B filing tips and religious workers, information on an e-mail inbox for H-2A petitioners, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010240.
  • 1/2/2015 USCIS Invitation to Upcoming E-Verify Webinars (Updated 1/2/15) (.pdf 669 KB) USCIS schedule for webinars on E-Verify for January 2015, with sessions for both employers and employees. Customized webinars are also available. Registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071651.
  • 1/2/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 2, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 2, 2015.
  • 12/31/2014 District Court Awards Bad Faith Attorneys’ Fees Due to Government Misconduct (.pdf 505 KB) The court held that DOS and USCIS acted in bad faith prior to and during the J-1 waiver litigation proceedings, noting that the defendants’ conduct impaired the integrity of the judicial process while causing needless delays. (Guerra v. U.S., 10/21/14) Courtesy of Bob Gibbs and Neha Vyas.
    AILA Doc. No. 14123143.
  • 12/31/2014 Your AILA8 for December 31, 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. 14123142.
  • 12/31/2014 2014 Visa Reciprocity Changes (Updated 12/31/14)
    DOS updates the visa reciprocity tables, including updated information for Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Hong Kong.
    AILA Doc. No. 14010841.
  • 12/31/2014 AILA Receives Records Relating to EOIR Misconduct in FOIA Lawsuit (Updated 12/31/14)
    Documents released pursuant to a FOIA request and subsequent lawsuit by AILA, AIC, and Public Citizen for records relating to complaints made against immigration judges.
    AILA Doc. No. 13111458.
  • 12/31/2014 CA11 Remands USCIS Determination of Petitioner’s Inability to Adjust Status Under the CAA (.pdf 517 KB) The court held neither INA §242(a)(2)(B)(i) nor 8 CFR §§245.2(a)(5)(iii) and 1245.2(a)(5)(iii) bar an alien from seeking review from a district judge of the USCIS determination that the alien is statutorily ineligible to adjust under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). (Perez v. USCIS, 12/19/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14123140.
  • 12/31/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – December 31, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 31, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14123100.
  • 12/30/2014 Your AILA8 for December 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. 14123041.
  • 12/30/2014 District Court Allows Identities of Immigration Judges to Remain Redacted in FOIA Litigation (.pdf 532 KB) A district court granted EOIR’s summary judgment motion on the redaction of judges’ personal identifying information and also on the release of the complaint resolutions. The court ordered the release of any non-responsive information previously withheld. (AILA v. EOIR, 12/24/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14123040.
  • 12/30/2014 OCAHO Reduces Penalties as Fine May Only Be Assessed Based on Evidence Presented (.pdf 527 KB) OCAHO final decision and order reducing the fine, finding that while there were suspicious circumstances, the penalties may only be assessed based on the evidence presented. Further, the fact that the company no longer exists removed any deterrent effect. (U.S. v. Leed Construction, 12/18/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14123008.
  • 12/30/2014 USCIS Additional Comment Request Period on Form I-601
    USCIS 30-day notice of an additional comment request period on proposed revisions to Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility. Comments are now due by 1/29/15. (79 FR 78464, 12/30/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14123007.
  • 12/30/2014 A Global S.O.S. for Non-U.S. Immigration Matters
    Judging by the growth of AILA’s Global Migration Section and the expansion of global departments at large U.S. immigration law firms, more and more corporate clients have been sending employees abroad for work. In the December VOICE, Audrey Lustgarten explains options for handling these matters.
    AILA Doc. No. 14123006.
  • 12/30/2014 USCIS Additional Comment Request Period on Form AR-11
    USCIS 30-day notice of an additional comment request period on proposed revisions to the Alien’s Change of Address Form (AR-11). Comments are now due by 1/29/15. (79 FR 78464, 12/30/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14123005.
  • 12/30/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – December 30, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 30, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14123004.
  • 12/30/2014 AILA Comments on USCIS Proposed Changes to Form AR-11, Alien Change of Address (.pdf 1162 KB) AILA’s comments in response to USCIS’s proposed changes to the alien’s change of address, Form AR-11, published in the Federal Register on 10/23/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14123001.
  • 12/30/2014 EOIR Immigration Court Closings for 2014 (Updated 12/30/14)
    EOIR alert that the Buffalo Immigration Court and the non-detained San Francisco Immigration Court are closed on 12/12/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012143.
  • 12/30/2014 AILA Comments on USCIS’ Final Rule on Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status (.pdf 700 KB) AILA’s comments in response to the USCIS final rule regarding the mailing of notices of decisions and documents evidencing lawful status, published in the Federal Register on 10/29/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14123003.
  • 12/30/2014 Immigration, Civil Rights, and Labor Groups Join Legal Effort to Defend President’s Executive Action on Immigration
    AILA joined the American Immigration Council and other immigration, civil rights, and labor groups on an amicus brief in the case, State of Texas vs. United States, opposing the states’ request for a preliminary injunction against the Obama Administration’s new deferred action initiatives.
    AILA Doc. No. 14123002.
  • 12/30/2014 Request for Comments on Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Visa System
    DOS/DHS notice of request for information on the 11/21/14 presidential memorandum on modernizing and streamlining the U.S. visa system for the 21st century. Notice includes specific topics DOS and DHS are looking for more information on. Comments are due by 1/29/15. (79 FR 78458, 12/30/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14123000.
  • 12/30/2014 DHS Minimum Standards for Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards Acceptable by Federal Agencies
    DHS final rule changing the document enrollment dates to 10/1/20 for when federal agencies may not accept state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards for official purposes unless the document is REAL ID-compliant as determined by DHS. (79 FR 77836, 12/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14122948.
  • 12/29/2014 Your AILA8 for December 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. 14122950.
  • 12/29/2014 Immigration Law Advisor, November-December 2014 (Vol. 8, No. 9) (.pdf 697 KB) The November-December 2014 Immigration Law Advisor, a legal publication from EOIR, with an article on the immigration consequences of a burglary conviction, circuit court decisions for October and November 2014, recent BIA precedent decisions, and a regulatory update.
    AILA Doc. No. 14122949.
  • 12/29/2014 FY2015 H-2B Cap Count (Updated 12/29/14)
    As of 12/26/14, USCIS receipted 23,570 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-2B cap for the first half of FY2015. This count includes 18,841 approved and 4,729 pending beneficiaries. Information for the second half of FY2015 is also included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101744.
  • 12/29/2014 OCAHO Reduces Fine from $1,777 to $500 for Small Family Business (.pdf 492 KB) OCAHO final decision and order, with a $500 penalty for failure to timely file two Forms I-9, noting that the business is very small with only one full-time employee and one part-time employee, both of whom are family members known to be U.S. citizens. (U.S. v. Keegan Variety, LLC,, 12/19/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14122947.
  • 12/29/2014 USICS E-Verify Connection (December 2014, Issue 22) (.pdf 761 KB) USCIS E-Verify Connection newsletter for December 2014, with a reminder regarding E-Verify record disposal, E-Verify participation posters, upcoming webinars, Form I-9 tips, a sample online I-94, and more. AILA’s Q&As from the 11/6/14 meeting with USCIS Verification are also included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14122945.
  • 12/29/2014 USCIS Teleconference on DACA Expansion (.pdf 573 KB) USCIS invitation to a 1/13/15 teleconference to discuss the expansion of DACA, which will go into effect approximately 90 days from 11/20/14. USCIS officials will provide an overview and accept feedback on DACA expansion. Registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14122944.
  • 12/29/2014 AAO Finds Derivative T Status Is Not Lost Upon Principal’s Admission to LPR Status (.pdf 1165 KB) Unpublished AAO decision withdrawing the director’s decision, finding that neither the statute nor the regulations direct that derivative T status, once properly granted, is lost upon the T-1 principal’s admission to lawful permanent residency. Courtesy of Rachel Wilson.
    AILA Doc. No. 14122943.
  • 12/29/2014 Helping to Free Moms and Kids from Artesia, Part 2
    In this second segment of a multi-part series, AILA member and Artesia Pro Bono Project volunteer Kim Hunter shares her client's story of winning asylum while in Artesia and discusses what it is like spending the holidays in a family detention center.
    AILA Doc. No. 14122942.
  • 12/29/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – December 29, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 29, 2014.
  • 12/29/2014 Practice Pointer: Cap Exemption for Nonprofits Affiliated with Qualifying Institutions of Higher Education (.pdf 826 KB) AILA Healthcare Professionals/Physicians Committee practice pointer reviews USCIS policies on cap exemption and provides best practices for proving H-1B cap exemption based on affiliation with a U.S. institution of higher education.
    AILA Doc. No. 14122941.
  • 12/29/2014 AILA Ethics Compendium (Updated 12/29/14)
    The AILA Ethics Compendium is a multi-year project of the AILA Ethics Committee to analyze state and federal professional conduct rules, court opinions, legal ethics opinions, and other authority to provide information and guidance to immigration lawyers.
    AILA Doc. No. 13100890.
  • 12/29/2014 Member Comment Period: AILA Ethics Compendium-ABA Model Rule 1.16
    Every so often an immigration lawyer can make the mistake of agreeing to represent the wrong client. This next chapter of the Compendium offers a comprehensive analysis of MR 1.16 Declining or Terminating Representation. We seek member comments on the breadth, scope, and readability of this chapter.
    AILA Doc. No. 14122940.

 
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