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Recent Postings

  • 8/20/2014 Your AILA8 for August 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. 14082047.
  • 8/20/2014 Call for Examples: LCA Denials for NAICS Code
    Have you experienced an LCA denial for an incorrect NAICS code, where the NAICS code was fewer than 4 digits and zeros were used as placeholders? The DOL Liaison Committee requests your examples by Wednesday, August 27.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082046.
  • 8/20/2014 Video: Snapshots from Artesia: August 20, 2014
    AILA members on the ground in Artesia document their experiences as they offer pro bono services to Central American detainees at the family detention center.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082045.
  • 8/20/2014 Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim: August 12, 2014 (Updated 8/20/14)
    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.
  • 8/20/2014 CA6 Finds Employer Personally Liable for Back Wages, Costs of Obtaining J-1 Waivers and H-1B Visas (.pdf 561 KB) The court affirmed the district court decision finding the employer personally liable and the medical clinics corporately liable for back wages and the costs of obtaining J-1 waivers and H-1B visas, and for violating numerous other INA provisions. (Kutty v. DOL, 8/20/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14082040.
  • 8/20/2014 Free This Month on Agora
    AILA free items for August are now available. Read about marketing techniques to start and grow your practice. Also AILA has pulled all of its free practice resources on assisting unaccompanied minors and families together in one place. Check them out today!
  • 8/20/2014 Call to All AILA Members: Questions Sought for 9/11/14 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 business issues. Meeting will discuss the following: premium processing, I-140, I360, I485 EB and waivers as appropriate.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082044.
  • 8/20/2014 AILA Recorded Seminars: Knowledge and CLE Credits
    From business, litigation, and asylum issues, to consular practice, waivers, deportation, and more, AILA downloadable web and audio seminars are an easy way to stay informed and earn CLE credits. Review the full selection of over 200 seminars on Agora.
  • 8/20/2014 AILA 2013 Form 990 Public Disclosure Copy (.pdf 1389 KB) AILA has filed its Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service for calendar year 2013.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082043.
  • 8/20/2014 Minutes from AILA/CBP Teleconference with ESTA Director (8/6/14) (.pdf 476 KB) CBP Liaison Committee’s minutes from an 8/6/14 teleconference with ESTA Director Suzanne Shepherd on issues with the I-94 web portal and travel history information. Topics include: incomplete or inaccurate data on web portal, redress for falsely recorded departures, and automated I-94 corrections.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082042.
  • 8/20/2014 CA2 Says Written Warning on Asylum Application Satisfies Notice Requirement Under INA §208 (d)(4)(A) (.pdf 467 KB) The court held the BIA did not err in denying the adjustment application, as the petitioner received adequate notice of the consequences of filing a frivolous asylum claim through the written warning on the application, and the IJ did not need to warn him. (Niang v. Holder, 8/13/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14082041.
  • 8/20/2014 USCIS Instructions for Overnight Delivery or Courier Service Usage (Updated 8/20/14) (.pdf 612 KB) USCIS issued a clarification to its 8/12/14 alert regarding prepaid air bills and shipping labels. Updated instructions include a list of types of documents eligible for use of delivery service. If delivery costs are not paid in full, USCIS will send the documents via regular U.S. mail.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081245.
  • 8/20/2014 USCIS Performance Data on All Form Types for 2014 (.pdf 545 KB) USCIS statistics on all USCIS form types for FY2014, broken down by category (family, employment, humanitarian, citizenship and naturalization, and "other"), by case status (received, approved, denied, pending), and by fiscal year quarter.
    AILA Doc. No. 14061331.
  • 8/20/2014 DOL Alert: iCERT and PERM Unavailable between 8/22 and 8/25
    DOL alert that both the iCERT and PERM systems will be unavailable Friday, August 22 through Monday, August 25.
    AILA Doc. No. 10101531.
  • 8/20/2014 DOS Designation of Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem as a Foreign Terrorist Organization
    DOS notice of the determination of Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (and other aliases) as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to Section 219 of the INA. (79 FR 49368, 8/20/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14082060.
  • 8/20/2014 USCIS Performance Data on DACA Applications (.pdf 555 KB) USCIS statistics on I-821D DACA applications, broken down by intake (accepted and rejected), biometrics, and case status (received, approved, denied, or pending) for FY2012 through FY2014, with FY2014 data through the third quarter.
    AILA Doc. No. 14061330.
  • 8/20/2014 USCIS Performance Data on N-400 Applications for Third Quarter of FY2014 (.pdf 571 KB) USCIS statistics on N-400 applications including both military and nonmilitary cases, broken down by case status (received, approved, denied, or pending) and by USCIS field office or service center location for the third quarter of FY2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082004.
  • 8/20/2014 USCIS Performance Data on I-914 Petitions for U Nonimmigrants (.pdf 532 KB) USCIS statistics on I-918 petitions for U nonimmigrant status, broken down by case status (received, approved, denied, or pending) for FY2008 through FY2014, with FY2014 broken down by quarter.
    AILA Doc. No. 14061354.
  • 8/20/2014 USCIS Performance Data on I-914 Petitions for T Nonimmigrants (.pdf 548 KB) USCIS statistics on I-914 applications for T nonimmigrant status, broken down by case status (received, approved, denied, or pending) for FY2008 through FY2014, with FY2014 broken down by quarter.
    AILA Doc. No. 14061352.
  • 8/20/2014 USCIS Performance Data on I-829 Petitions (.pdf 599 KB) USCIS statistics on I-829 EB-5 petitions, broken down by case status (received, approved, denied, or pending) for FY2008 through FY2014, with FY2014 broken down by quarter.
    AILA Doc. No. 14061350.
  • 8/20/2014 USCIS Performance Data on I-526 Petitions (.pdf 550 KB) USCIS statistics on I-526 EB-5 petitions, broken down by case status (received, approved, denied, or pending) for FY2008 through FY2014, with FY2014 broken down by quarter.
    AILA Doc. No. 14061348.
  • 8/20/2014 USCIS Performance Data on H-2A Petitions for Third Quarter of FY2014 (.pdf 715 KB) USCIS statistics on I-129 H-2A petitions, broken down by case status (received, approved, denied, or pending) and petitioner location (by state and company) for the third quarter of FY2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082003.
  • 8/20/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 20, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 20, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082002.
  • 8/20/2014 USCIS Performance Data on I-485 Applications for Third Quarter of FY2014 (.pdf 590 KB) USCIS statistics on I-485 applications, broken down by status (received, approved, denied, or pending), category of admission, and location (field office or service center) for the third quarter of FY2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082001.
  • 8/20/2014 USCIS Performance Data on I-130 Petitions for Third Quarter of FY2014 (.pdf 574 KB) USCIS statistics on I-130 petitions, broken down by case status (received, approved, denied, or pending), category of petition, and location (field office or service center) for the third quarter of FY2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082000.
  • 8/20/2014 FY2014 H-2B Cap Count (Updated 8/20/14)
    As of 8/20/14, USCIS receipted 27,022 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-2B cap for the second half of FY2014. This count includes 25,781 approved and 1,241 pending beneficiaries. Information on the first half of FY2015 is also available.
    AILA Doc. No. 13100840.
  • 8/20/2014 AAO Sustains Appeal of I-601 Waiver for Unlawful Presence and Finds Assault Conviction Is not a CIMT (.pdf 944 KB) AAO decision sustaining appeal of an I-601 waiver for unlawful presence, finding applicant’s spouse would suffer extreme hardship and the conviction under Maryland Code Art 27, §12A(a) and (b) for simple assault was not a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT). Courtesy of Michelle Mendez.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082061.
  • 8/20/2014 Practice Resources to Help Children and Families Affected by Humanitarian Crisis in Central America (Updated 8/20/14)
    A compilation of both AILA resources and other organization resources to help attorneys provide legal services in the United States to unaccompanied children and families affected by the Central American humanitarian crisis.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072246.
  • 8/19/2014 CA8 Affirms Cancellation and Withholding Denials for Petitioner from The Gambia (.pdf 504 KB) The court held the BIA did not err in finding petitioner ineligible for cancellation, based on false marriage testimony in the adjustment interview, and also did not err in rejecting her withholding claim as a mother of daughters at risk for FGM in Gambia. (Goswell-Renner v. Holder, 8/7/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081950.
  • 8/19/2014 Your AILA8 for August 19, 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. 14081949.
  • 8/19/2014 CA10 Says District Court Lacks Jurisdiction to Order USCIS to Issue New Naturalization Certificate (.pdf 509 KB) The court found the district court lacked jurisdiction under 8 CFR §334.16(b) to order USCIS to issue a naturalization certificate with the petitioner’s correct date of birth, because the claim was not colorable. (McKenzie v. USCIS, 8/1/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081948.
  • 8/19/2014 BIA Holds Sale of Controlled Substance Under Florida Law Is “Illicit Trafficking” Aggravated Felony (.pdf 633 KB) The BIA held there is no mens rea required by the term “illicit” in §893.13(1)(a)(1) of the Florida statutes, where knowledge of the substance is required and an affirmative defense is available to show lack of knowledge of the illegal nature. Matter of L-G-H-, 26 I&N Dec. 365 (BIA 2014)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081947.
  • 8/19/2014 USCIS Invitation to Quarterly EB-5 Stakeholder Engagement (.pdf 581 KB) USCIS invitation to a 9/10/14 teleconference to discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. USCIS officials will share program updates and respond to questions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081946.
  • 8/19/2014 USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Business Issues
    USCIS invitation to a 9/11/14 NSC teleconference on business issues. Registration information will be provided closer to the date of the event.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081945.
  • 8/19/2014 Video: Snapshots from Artesia: August 19, 2014
    AILA members on the ground in Artesia document their experiences as they offer pro bono services to Central American detainees at the family detention center.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081944.
  • 8/19/2014 AILA Members’ LTE Template on Artesia and Family Detention
    AILA members are urged to personalize and submit this template Letter to the Editor (LTE) in response to articles mentioning family detention, Artesia, or unaccompanied children. If you have any questions about how to submit an LTE, please contact AILA Communications staff (newsroom@aila.org).
    AILA Doc. No. 14081943.
  • 8/19/2014 Notes from CIS Ombudsman 2014 Annual Report Webinar (.pdf 846 KB) AILA notes from CIS Ombudsman’s 7/30/14 webinar presentation to stakeholders about their annual report. Topics include provisional waivers, SIJ adjudications, DACA, employment-based issues, AAO, SAVE, G-28s, ELIS, processing times, USCIS Customer Service requests, and fee waivers.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081941.
  • 8/19/2014 CA3 Declines to Review Withholding Denial for Mexican Gay Male with HIV (.pdf 544 KB) The court found that substantial evidence supported the BIA’s conclusion that the petitioner failed to present adequate evidence linking the harm he suffered from his uncle and the police officer in Mexico to his sexual orientation. (Gutierrez v. Att'y Gen., 8/12/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081942.
  • 8/19/2014 AILA EB-5 Conference Sold Out. Recording Available
    Given the growing interest in EB-5, Friday’s AILA EB-5 Conference in Chicago has sold out. While there is no onsite registration or webcast option, you can order the event recordings and benefit from all the conference knowledge and information.
  • 8/19/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: Beyond Artesia: Without a Choice in Karnes Detention Center
    AILA Member Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch highlights the lack of due process and the difficult conditions she witnessed at Karnes Detention Center, noting "even though children are not supposed to be placed in expedited removal, that’s exactly what’s happening."
  • 8/19/2014 Call for Examples: L-1A RFEs, NOIDs, and Denials
    Have you received an RFE, NOID, or Denial for an L-1A petition filed within the last four months? On a renewal petition? Requesting information already submitted in the petition? On an issue of the value of evidence? Submit your examples today!
    AILA Doc. No. 14081940.
  • 8/19/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 19, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 19, 2014.
  • 8/19/2014 Fundamentals Conference – October in New Orleans
    This October 16–17 conference is designed for attorneys who are new to the complex field of immigration law. The learning begins with pre-recorded training sessions. These will prepare you for the information-packed live event, giving you the tools and information you need to succeed.
  • 8/18/2014 Your AILA8 for August 18, 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. 14081849.
  • 8/18/2014 Video: Snapshots from Artesia: August 18, 2014
    AILA members on the ground in Artesia document their experiences as they offer pro bono services to Central American detainees at the family detention center.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081848.
  • 8/18/2014 DHS OIG Report on ICE’s Release of Immigration Detainees (.pdf 2661 KB) DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on factors influencing ICE’s decision to release 2,226 immigration detainees in 2013, with recommendations for improving transparency in funding sources for managing detention bed space and for reporting ICE budget expenditures.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081847.
  • 8/18/2014 Welcome New Members
    AILA would like to welcome its newest members.
    AILA Doc. No. 11123049.
  • 8/18/2014 Board of Immigration Appeals Practice Manual (.pdf 2008 KB) Updated version of the Board of Immigration Appeals Practice Manual, dated 8/8/14. Table of changes is listed on page 203.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081846.
  • 8/18/2014 CA7 Says IJ’s Decision to Deny Cancellation Did Not Violate Due Process Rights (.pdf 585 KB) The court found jurisdiction under INA §242(a)(2)(D) to hold that as cancellation proceedings provide only discretionary relief, the IJ’s decision to deny cancellation did not violate any rights protected by the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process clause. (Adame v. Holder, 8/12/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081845.
  • 8/18/2014 CA10 Holds BIA Did Not Abuse its Discretion in Affirming IJ’s Dismissal of Cancellation Application (.pdf 484 KB) The court found the IJ acted within his authority under §1003.47(c) to determine that petitioner’s failure to complete the biometrics requirement and provide supporting documentation for his cancellation application, after two years, constituted abandonment. (Ramirez-Coria v. Holder, 8/1/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081844.
  • 8/18/2014 CA7 Says Warnings About Frivolous Asylum Bar Were Adequately Translated at Interview (.pdf 571 KB) The court held the BIA did not err in when it applied INA §208(d)(6), finding that although the petitioner had limited English proficiency, the interpreter at the asylum interview, who was also convicted of asylum fraud, adequately translated the warnings. (Albu v. Holder, 8/5/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081842.
  • 8/18/2014 EOIR Immigration Court Closings for 2014 (Updated 8/18/14)
    EOIR alert that the Honolulu Immigration Court is closed today due to Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012143.
  • 8/18/2014 USCIS SAVE Awareness Video Now Available (.pdf 472 KB) USCIS’s SAVE program is offering free DVD copies of its Awareness Video, which helps benefit applicants understand SAVE’s immigration status verification process.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081841.
  • 8/18/2014 USCIS Interim Policy Memo on Adjudication of H-1Bs for Nursing Positions (.pdf 1047 KB) USCIS interim memo with guidance on the adjudication of H-1B petitions for nursing positions and how to determine whether or not a nursing position meets the definition of a specialty occupation. Comments are due by 8/29/14. Memo is in effect until further notice and supersedes any prior guidance.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081840.
  • 8/18/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 18, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 18, 2014.
  • 8/18/2014 Save 30% on the INA and CFR
    The savings keep getting better during AILA’s weekly August Specials. This week, save 30% when you purchase the INA, CFR, or INA/CFR Combo! Enter SS814PS30 during checkout on AILA Agora. Excludes previous/existing orders. Cannot be combined with other offers and combos. Expires 8/24/14.
  • 8/15/2014 Your AILA8 for August 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. 14081502.
  • 8/15/2014 2014 Visa Reciprocity Changes (Updated 8/15/14)
    DOS updates the visa reciprocity tables, including updated information for Uzbekistan.
    AILA Doc. No. 14010841.
  • 8/15/2014 Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Resource on Gender, Child, and LGBTI Asylum Guidelines and Case Law
    The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies study of gender, child, and LGBTI asylum guidelines and case law in foreign jurisdictions, intended for use by U.S. attorneys representing asylees involving claims of gender-based persecution and sexual orientation, and gender identity-related persecution.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081566.
  • 8/15/2014 Video: Snapshots from Artesia: Week of August 11
    AILA members on the ground in Artesia document their experiences as they offer pro bono services to Central American detainees at the family detention center.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081500.
  • 8/15/2014 Urgent Request from AILA on Detainers
    AILA Advocacy is taking a broad nationwide survey of membership on detainers. Please respond by tomorrow, Saturday, 8/16/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081563.
  • 8/15/2014 BIA Finds Removal Does Not Constitute Withdrawal of Appeal
    Unpublished BIA decision holds that the removal of the respondent did not result in the withdrawal of an appeal challenging the denial of a timely filed motion to reconsider. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Onyesoh, 6/4/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081565.
  • 8/15/2014 BIA Rescinds In Absentia Order Due to Conflicting Hearing Notices
    Unpublished BIA decision rescinds in absentia order where immigration court issued three separate hearing notices, the last of which advanced the date of respondent’s hearing by nearly a year. (Matter of Lopez, 6/4/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081564.
  • 8/15/2014 USCIS Relief for Nationals from Countries Affected by Ebola Outbreak Who Are In the U.S. (.pdf 570 KB) USCIS announcement of immigration relief measures available for nationals of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, who are currently in the U.S., due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Announcement includes a list of immigration relief measures available to these individuals.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081562.
  • 8/15/2014 USCIS Invites Stakeholders to a Teleconference on the DACA Renewal Process (.pdf 522 KB) USCIS invitation to an 8/21/14 teleconference to discuss the DACA renewal process. USCIS officials will share information about the renewal process as well as answer general DACA questions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081560.
  • 8/15/2014 Audio News Release: Children at the Border (. 914 KB) AILA President Leslie Holman calls on the Administration, Congress and DHS to stop blanket deportation practices and asks for a humane solution to the emergency on the border.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081501.
  • 8/15/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 15, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 15, 2014.
  • 8/14/2014 BIA Holds Massachusetts Assault With a Dangerous Weapon Not an Aggravated Felony
    Unpublished BIA decision reopens and terminates proceedings upon finding assault with a dangerous weapon under Mass Gen. Law ch. 265 15A(b) not a crime of violence under United States v. Fish (1st Cir. 2014). Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Da Costa, 6/4/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081474.
  • 8/14/2014 BIA Reopens Proceedings Where NTA Misspelled Name of Street
    Unpublished BIA decision reopens in absentia order where address on NTA misspelled name of the street on which the respondent resided. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Harnandez, 6/4/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081473.
  • 8/14/2014 Your AILA8 for August 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.
  • 8/14/2014 OSC Settles Discrimination Claim Against New York Nursing Home (.pdf 1628 KB) OSC settlement with Isabella Geriatric Center after finding that it required lawful permanent resident employees to present a new Permanent Resident Card when their prior card expired, even though the Form I-9 and E-Very rules prohibit this practice.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081472.
  • 8/14/2014 OSC Settles Discrimination Claim Against Travel Management Company (.pdf 1267 KB) OSC settlement with Travel Management Company, after finding that it had a U.S. citizenship requirement in job postings for commercial pilot positions, despite the fact that no law, regulation, executive order, or government contract authorized the company to restrict employment in this manner.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081471.
  • 8/14/2014 Call for Stories and Case Examples from Artesia
    AILA Advocacy is seeking personal stories from attorneys and compelling case examples of clients from Artesia.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081404.
  • 8/14/2014 Submit Your Questions for the Fall International Operations Liaison Meeting
    The AILA USCIS International Operations Liaison Committee seeks agenda items for its fall liaison meeting with USCIS International Operations Directorate. Please send your non-case specific questions by 8/29/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081402.
  • 8/14/2014 CA2 Says Term of Imprisonment Under INA §101(a)(43)(G) Includes Recidivist Enhancements (.pdf 520 KB) The court held the BIA did not err in finding the petitioner removable, since it is the actual sentence imposed, including any recidivist enhancements applied, that is considered when determining the term of imprisonment under INA §101(a)(43)(G). (Dawkins v. Holder, 8/12/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14040803.
  • 8/14/2014 EOIR Will No Longer Hear Cases From the Oklahoma City Hearing Location (.pdf 467 KB) EOIR notice announcing that, after 8/15/14, it will no longer hear cases at the Oklahoma City Hearing Location. Cases assigned there remain under the administrative control of the Dallas Immigration Court. Should any rescheduling be necessary, respondents and their attorneys will be notified.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081401.
  • 8/14/2014 CA1 Says IJ and BIA Did Not Adequately Explain El Salvador TPS Denial (.pdf 482 KB) The court vacated and remanded, finding that both the IJ and BIA failed to adequately explain the only finding they expressly made in considering the application for temporary protected status (TPS), which related to the date of petitioner’s entry. (Shul v. Holder, 8/11/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081400.
  • 8/14/2014 A Terrific Trio of Outlook Calendar Tips
    Microsoft Office is still the most common program used by law firms for calendaring appointments and tasks. Show-off your Outlook Calendar skills with these three easy tips!
    AILA Doc. No. 14081470.
  • 8/14/2014 CA1 Declines to Review MTR for Christian Asylum Seeker from Indonesia (.pdf 466 KB) The court declined to review the motion to reopen (MTR), concluding that the BIA did not abuse its discretion in finding that the petitioner’s new evidence was largely cumulative and thus did not establish changed country conditions in Indonesia. (Sugiarto v. Holder, 8/1/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081469.
  • 8/14/2014 USCIS Memo on TRIG Exemption for the Democratic Movement for the Liberation of Eritrean Kunama (.pdf 5847 KB) USCIS policy memo on the implementation of exercised discretionary authority not to apply most terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) to certain aliens for voluntary activities or associations related to the Democratic Movement for the Liberation of Eritrean Kunama (DMLEK).
    AILA Doc. No. 14081463.
  • 8/14/2014 USCIS Memo on TRIG Exemption for the Oromo Liberation Front (.pdf 658 KB) USCIS policy memo on the implementation of exercised discretionary authority not to apply most terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) to certain aliens for voluntary activities or associations related to the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).
    AILA Doc. No. 14081462.
  • 8/14/2014 USCIS Memo on TRIG Exemption for Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front and Nationalist Republican Alliance (.pdf 6714 KB) USCIS policy memo on the implementation of exercised discretionary authority not to apply most terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) to certain aliens for voluntary activities or associations related to the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front or the Nationalist Republican Alliance.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081461.
  • 8/14/2014 BIA Says Respondent Can Apply for Adjustment Because Entry Was Procedurally Regular (.pdf 739 KB) Unpublished BIA decision sustaining appeal and remanding, citing Matter of Quilantan in finding that for purposes of adjustment of status eligibility, a noncitizen need only prove procedural regularity in her entry and not the precise date. Courtesy of Stephen Yale-Loehr.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081460.
  • 8/14/2014 September Federal Court Litigation Section Conference Call (9/11/14)
    September 11, 2014
    3pm EDT
    Teleconference
  • 8/14/2014 USCIS Memo Requiring Positive Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Determinations as Part of Quality Assurance Review (.pdf 849 KB) USCIS memo, from John Lafferty, Chief of the Asylum Division, implementing changes to the categories of credible fear and reasonable fear cases requiring Quality Assurance review, now requiring pre-decisional review from a random sampling of both positive and negative determinations.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081468.
  • 8/14/2014 USCIS Memo with Updated Guidance on Reasonable Fear Note-Taking (.pdf 914 KB) USCIS memo, from John Lafferty, Chief of the Asylum Division, effective 5/9/14, changing the requirements for how asylum pre-screening officers take interview notes and document alien corrections and approval of notes. Interview notes will now be in Q&A format, and not a sworn statement.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081467.
  • 8/14/2014 USCIS Memo on TRIG Exemption for the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (.pdf 5511 KB) USCIS policy memo on the implementation of exercised discretionary authority not to apply most terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) to certain aliens for voluntary activities or associations related to the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP).
    AILA Doc. No. 14081465.
  • 8/14/2014 USCIS Memo on TRIG Exemption for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (.pdf 1943 KB) USCIS policy memo on the implementation of exercised discretionary authority not to apply most terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) to certain aliens for voluntary activities or associations related to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
    AILA Doc. No. 14081466.
  • 8/14/2014 USCIS Memo on TRIG Exemption for the Eritrean Liberation Front (.pdf 6705 KB) USCIS policy memo on the implementation of exercised discretionary authority not to apply most terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) to certain aliens for voluntary activities or associations related to the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF).
    AILA Doc. No. 14081464.
  • 8/14/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 14, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 14, 2014.
  • 8/13/2014 CA1 Remands for BIA to Review IJ’s Factual Error in Salvadoran Asylum Case (.pdf 461 KB) The court remanded and asked the BIA to review whether the factual error by the IJ, which related to extortion by a gang in El Salvador, was material or harmless, as well as whether the error affected the petitioner’s asylum claim. (Perez v. Holder, 7/30/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081300.
  • 8/13/2014 BIA Rescinds In Absentia Order Due to Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
    Unpublished BIA decision rescinds in absentia order where respondent’s failure to appear was due to former attorney's failure to answer telephone calls or notify the respondent of the time and date of the hearing. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Mirorifovich Kabilov, 6/3/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081368.
  • 8/13/2014 DOS Practice Alert: Technical Problems with Passport/Visa System (Updated 8/13/14)
    The DOS Bureau of Consular Affairs reports it has made significant progress in the technical problems with its passport/visa system and are printing visas with very few delays.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072440.
  • 8/13/2014 USCIS Asylum Office Workload for April and May 2014 (.pdf 1753 KB) USCIS asylum office workload, broken down by office, stage of the asylum case, and nationality, for April and May 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081367.
  • 8/13/2014 USCIS Statistics on Credible Fear Asylum Cases (Updated 8/13/14) (.pdf 2302 KB) USCIS asylum office statistics on the FY2014 credible fear and reasonable fear workload, including report summaries which are broken down by inland and port of entry case loads, and monthly credible and reasonable fear nationality reports, listing the top five nationalities broken down by month.
    AILA Doc. No. 14051348.
  • 8/13/2014 CA1 Declines to Review Withholding Denial for Guatemalan Petitioner (.pdf 473 KB) The court declined to review the withholding of removal denial, holding that substantial evidence supported the BIA’s findings that the petitioner did not establish past persecution or a clear probability of future persecution by the Guatemalan guerillas. (Bedoya v. Holder, 7/30/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081366.
  • 8/13/2014 USCIS Statistics on NACARA Cases (Updated 8/13/14) (.pdf 1149 KB) USCIS NACARA workload statistics from 6/21/99 through 4/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14051349.
  • 8/13/2014 USCIS Statistics on Asylum Filings for Minors for FY2014 (.pdf 654 KB) USCIS provided FY2014 statistics on minor principal applicants (affirmative asylum applicants under the age of 18 at the time of filing) and asylum applicants of any age filed with USCIS under the initial jurisdiction provision of the TVPRA while in removal proceedings.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081365.
  • 8/13/2014 USCIS Statistics on Asylum Applications Filed by Nationals of Syria (.pdf 572 KB) USCIS provided statistics on asylum applications filed by nationals of Syria, with data from FY1993 through FY2014, with FY2014 data from between 10/1/13 and 6/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081364.
  • 8/13/2014 CRS Report on Asylum and Expedited Removal Policies for Unaccompanied Children and Families (.pdf 807 KB) Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on how unaccompanied children are treated in comparison to unauthorized adults and families with children in the specific contexts of asylum and expedited removal.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081363.
  • 8/13/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: Leaving Artesia
    In this blog post, AILA member Eileen Sterlock shares her difficult experiences while volunteering at the family detention center in Artesia and why she will be returning.
  • 8/13/2014 AILA Comments on USCIS Interim Memo on Adoption (.pdf 717 KB) AILA’s comments in response to USCIS’s interim memorandum with guidance on the implementation of the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 in Intercountry Adoption Adjudications.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081362.
  • 8/13/2014 CA2 Asks BIA for Redetermination of Particular Social Group Analysis for Albanian Women (.pdf 506 KB) The court vacated and remanded in consideration of In re M-E-V-G- and In re W-G-R-, which clarified the BIA’s interpretation of “particular social group,” in order to determine whether young Albanian women is a cognizable social group. (Paloka v. Holder, 8/7/14)
  • 8/13/2014 Your AILA8 for August 13, 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. 14081390.
  • 8/13/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 13, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 13, 2014.
  • 8/13/2014 DOS Maintains Designation of Asbat al-Ansar as a Foreign Terrorist Organization
    DOS maintains the 2009 determination of Asbat al-Ansar (and other aliases) as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to Section 219 of the INA. (79 FR 47513, 8/13/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081360.
  • 8/12/2014 Your AILA8 for August 12, 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. 14081246.
  • 8/12/2014 BIA Rescinds In Absentia Order and Changes Venue Sua Sponte
    Unpublished BIA decision rescinds in absentia order against respondent who was four years old at the time of the hearing, and changes venue from Texas to Florida to permit joinder of proceedings with respondent’s brother. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Murillo, 6/3/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081244.
  • 8/12/2014 DOS Afghan SIV Program Extended (.pdf 638 KB) DOS announcement that its authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals has been extended, and 1,000 SIVs, in addition to the 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants originally allocated for use in FY2014, may be issued until December 31, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081243.
  • 8/12/2014 BIA Orders Further Consideration of Sham Marriage Determination
    Unpublished BIA decision orders further consideration of motion for continuance pending adjudication of appeal of denied I-130, notes that USICS may not rely exclusively on prior sham marriage finding. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Abella, 6/2/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081242.
  • 8/12/2014 CBP Announces Availability of New Mobile Passport Control App (.pdf 796 KB) CBP press release announcing the launch of the first authorized app, Mobile Passport Control, beginning at the Atlanta airport on 8/13/14, which will allow eligible travelers to submit passport information and customs declaration forms via a smartphone or tablet prior to CBP inspection.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081260.
  • 8/12/2014 Business Visitor Travel to Hong Kong
    With visa-free entry to Hong Kong for business travelers from more than 150 nationalities, employers frequently ask about the scope of permitted business activity there. In the July/August VOICE, AILA members Grace Shie and Becki Young offer guidance on traveling to Hong Kong for business.
  • 8/12/2014 Visa Bulletin for September 2014 (.pdf 2938 KB) DOS Visa Bulletin for September 2014. Visa bulletin includes family-based and employment-based information, as well as diversity visa cut-off dates and a note on visa availability in the coming months.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081241.
  • 8/12/2014 OCAHO Topical Index of Cases (Updated August 2014) (.pdf 1794 KB) Cumulative topical index of published and indexed OCAHO decisions, volumes 1 through 11, which was last updated in August 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14042455.
  • 8/12/2014 FOIA Ombudsman Invitation to Stakeholder Meeting for FOIA Requesters
    The FOIA Ombudsman invites stakeholders to an 8/20/14 meeting for FOIA requesters. Acting Deputy Chief of FOIA Roger Andoh, will share information about USCIS’s FOIA program and address topics of interest to USCIS requesters. Registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081240.
  • 8/12/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 12, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 12, 2014.
  • 8/12/2014 USCIS Invitation to “Dialogue with the Director” (Updated 8/12/14) (.pdf 961 KB) USCIS invitation to a stakeholder teleconference on 8/14/14 with USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez. Director Rodríguez will introduce himself to the stakeholder community and listen and respond to issues of concern. Registration information is included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080852.
  • 8/12/2014 Annual Conference Recordings - $899 until 8/17
    Even if you missed the Annual Conference, you can still benefit from all the expert education and information when you buy the complete conference recordings for $899 (member price). Sale price ends 8/17/14. Individual sessions and tracks also available. Purchase your recordings today!
  • 8/11/2014 Your AILA8 for August 11, 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. 14081120.
  • 8/11/2014 AILA Quicktake #95: University of Houston Law Center Prepares for Unaccompanied Children
    In this Quicktake, AILA member and 2014 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award winner Geoffrey Hoffman discusses how the University of Houston's Law Center is spearheading efforts to help unaccompanied children placed in the area and how other AILA communities can get involved.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081145.
  • 8/11/2014 NSC Invitation to Stakeholder Call on Students and Schools and Other Issues (Updated 8/11/14)
    USCIS invitation to a 8/14/14 NSC teleconference on students, schools, and other issues. Registration information provided.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070551.
  • 8/11/2014 BIA Administratively Closes Proceedings Pending Availability of U Visa
    Unpublished BIA decision administratively closes proceedings in light of the approval of the respondent’s U visa application and the grant of deferred action until a U visa becomes available. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Barba Arreaga, 6/2/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081144.
  • 8/11/2014 BIA Reopens Proceedings Due to Paralegal Error
    Unpublished BIA decision reopens proceedings where respondent was removed in absentia and a paralegal filed a change of address form without the respondent’s consent. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Figueroa, 5/30/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081143.
  • 8/11/2014 Save $50 on a New AILALink Subscription
    The savings continue during the second week of AILA’s August Specials. Save $50 when you become a new AILALink subscriber! Enter SS814LK50 during checkout. Applies to 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions. Limited to new subscriptions. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires Aug. 17, 2014.
  • 8/11/2014 AILA Liaison OSC Meeting Minutes (4/14/14) (.pdf 642 KB) Approved minutes from the AILA Verification & Documentation Liaison Committee’s 4/14/14 meeting with DOJ’s Office of Special Counsel. Topics include DACA, settlement agreements, discriminatory intent, I-9 self-audits and internal investigations, I-94 automation, hotline calls, and FY2014 trends.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081142.
  • 8/11/2014 DHS Proposal to Establish New System of Records for E-Authentication
    DHS notice on the creation of a new system of records to allow DHS to collect, maintain, and retrieve records about individuals, who electronically authenticate their identities through E-Verify Self Check and myE-Verify. Comments are due by 9/10/14. (79 FR 46857, 8/11/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081141.
  • 8/11/2014 DHS Notice of Privacy Act System of Records for E-Verify
    DHS notice of proposal to update and reissue a current DHS system of records due to changes necessary for operation of myE-Verify and the ability for individuals to lock their Social Security number to prevent its use in E-Verify and Self Check. Comments are due by 9/10/14. (79 FR 46852, 8/11/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14081140.
  • 8/11/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 11, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 11, 2014.
  • 8/8/2014 Immigration Politics 2014
    AILA Advocacy Department's daily immigration reform update.
    AILA Doc. No. 12120666.
  • 8/8/2014 Preparing for Credible Fear Interviews
    In this podcast, panelists discuss an overview of the credible fear process, cover what happens during a credible fear interview, and give options for remedies when the interview does not go well. Some information included is specific to the current situation in Artesia, NM.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080854.
  • 8/8/2014 Your AILA8 for August 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. 14080853.
  • 8/8/2014 BALCA Reverses Denial where CO Ignored Audit Materials Demonstrating Employer Compliance (.pdf 202 KB) BALCA found that although the employer made a typographical error on its 9089, audit materials demonstrated compliance under the regulations and the typographical error on its own did not warrant a denial pursuant to 20 CFR 656.17(i)(1). (Matter of Sharp Image Gaming, 7/9/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080851.
  • 8/8/2014 Video: On The Ground In Artesia
    AILA members volunteering in Artesia share their on the ground experiences.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080850.
  • 8/8/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 8, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 8, 2014.
  • 8/8/2014 California Service Center Processing Time Report (8/7/14) (.pdf 629 KB) CSC Processing Time Report released on 8/7/14 with updated processing dates as of 6/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080840.
  • 8/8/2014 BIA Remands Record Because IJ Admitted Having “Missed” Evidence
    Unpublished BIA decision remands record for further consideration of TPS eligibility where IJ admitted after issuing her decision to having “missed” evidence of respondent’s physical presence. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Pacas, 5/30/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080849.
  • 8/8/2014 BIA Finds Respondent Did Not “Voluntarily” Overstay Voluntary Departure Period
    Unpublished BIA decision finds respondent did not "voluntarily" overstay period of voluntary departure because IJ previously promised to reopen proceedings if Form I-130 was granted during the departure period. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Maedgen, 5/30/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080848.
  • 8/8/2014 EB-5 Processing Time Report (8/7/14) (.pdf 545 KB) EB-5 Processing Time Report released on 8/7/14 with updated processing dates as of 6/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080847.
  • 8/8/2014 DHS Update on Apprehensions Along Southwest Border (.pdf 605 KB) DHS press release on the number of apprehensions along the Southwest border between January 2014 and July 2014, reflecting a decrease in apprehensions of unaccompanied children and adults with children during the month of July.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080845.
  • 8/8/2014 USCIS Office Closings for 2014 (Updated 8/8/14)
    USCIS alert that the USCIS Honolulu District Office and Field Office are closed today due to Hurricane Iselle.
    AILA Doc. No. 14010660.
  • 8/8/2014 National Benefits Center Processing Time Report (8/7/14) (.pdf 552 KB) NBC Processing Time Report released on 8/7/14 with updated processing dates as of 6/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080844.
  • 8/8/2014 Vermont Service Center Processing Time Report (8/7/14) (.pdf 615 KB) VSC Processing Time Report released on 8/7/14 with updated processing dates as of 6/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080843.
  • 8/8/2014 Texas Service Center Processing Time Report (8/7/14) (.pdf 596 KB) TSC Processing Time Report released on 8/7/14 with updated processing dates as of 6/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080842.
  • 8/8/2014 Nebraska Service Center Processing Time Report (8/7/14) (.pdf 599 KB) NSC Processing Time Report released on 8/7/14 with updated processing dates as of 6/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080841.
  • 8/8/2014 DOS Maintains Designation of Harakat ul-Mujahidin as a Foreign Terrorist Organization
    DOS notice that the 2008 determination of Harakat ul-Mujahidin (and other aliases) as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to Section 219 of the INA has been maintained and Ansar ul-Ummah has been added as a new alias. (79 FR 46499, 8/8/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080846.
  • 8/7/2014 Giving Feels Good
    This week’s PST offers ideas to do pro bono work in ways that redeem and reward. It’s not just a professional obligation, but a personal fulfillment.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080743.
  • 8/7/2014 Your AILA8 for August 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. 14080742.
  • 8/7/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: A Volunteer’s Experience at Artesia
    In this blog post, AILA member Kim Hunter provides a recap of her week volunteering at the Artesia family detention center in New Mexico and why the trip was worth it.
  • 8/7/2014 AILA Annual Meeting Minutes (6/19/14) (.pdf 734 KB) Minutes from the AILA Annual Membership Meeting held in Boston, MA on June 19, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060540.
  • 8/7/2014 Practice Alert: DOS and CBP Issue Procedures to Facilitate Travel for Visa Applicants Affected by CCD Outages
    AILA practice alert informs members that in response to the recent technical problems with DOS CCD, DOS and CBP are putting procedures in place to assist nonimmigrant visa applicants whose U.S. travel is urgent because it either involves an “emergency” or impacts U.S. national interests.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080763.
  • 8/7/2014 DHS OIG Report on CBP’s Workload Staffing Model (.pdf 15611 KB) DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on CBP’s Workload Staffing Model, used for determining staffing needs and identifying staffing shortages within CBP. OIG recommends improving data reliability to help ensure that CBP’s budget requests accurately reflect staffing needs.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080741.
  • 8/7/2014 South Texas ICE Detention Facility to House Adults with Children (.pdf 555 KB) ICE news release stating that beginning 8/1/14, and in response to the influx of families that have been detained at the southern border, ICE will use its civil detention facility in Karnes City to house adults with children.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080740.
  • 8/7/2014 SEVP Message for International Students Enrolled at Micropower Institutes and Affiliated Schools (.pdf 576 KB) SEVP message that it removed all principal Designated School Officials and Designated School officials from Micropower Institutes and affiliated schools. Nonimmigrant students who have questions about their options can contact the SEVP Response Center.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080762.
  • 8/7/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 7, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 7, 2014.
  • 8/7/2014 DOS Maintains Designation of Shining Path as a Foreign Terrorist Organization
    DOS notice that the 2009 designation of Shining Path (and other aliases) as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to Section 219 of the INA has been maintained. (79 FR 46297, 8/7/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080761.
  • 8/7/2014 SEVIS By the Numbers General Summary Quarterly Review for July 2014 (.pdf 3642 KB) ICE SEVP Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) general summary quarterly review for July 2014, showing that China is the most common country of origin for F and M students studying in the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080760.
  • 8/6/2014 Nevada Chapter: ICE/Congressional Liaison Meeting (7/11/14) (.pdf 518 KB) Nevada Chapter minutes from AILA/ICE/Congressional liaison meeting on 7/11/14. Topics include: DMV communication, unaccompanied minors, DACA, credible fear interviews, reinstatement, orders of supervision, removals and removal proceedings, breach of bond, and prosecutorial discretion.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080651.
  • 8/6/2014 Your AILA8 for August 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. 14080650.
  • 8/6/2014 CA2 Remands, Says IJ Applied Incorrect and Overly Stringent Legal Standard in Nepali Asylum Claim (.pdf 11282 KB) The court remanded, finding that the IJ erred when it held the petitioner to the requirement of demonstrating that political opinion was the “central” as opposed to “at least one central” ground for persecution by the Nepali Maoists. (Acharya v. Holder, 8/5/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080649.
  • 8/6/2014 CA1 Remands Asylum Denial for Mayan Quiché Petitioner from Guatemala (.pdf 511 KB) The court vacated and remanded the asylum denial, finding that the petitioner showed his Mayan Quiché identity was at least one central reason why he and his community were targeted by the Guatemalan army. (Ordonez-Quino v. Holder, 7/23/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080647.
  • 8/6/2014 CA6 Says Petitioner Failed to State a Claim under the APA (.pdf 534 KB) The court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the complaint, holding that USCIS’s termination of refugee status and denial of the adjustment application were not “final agency actions” reviewable in district court under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). (Jama v. DHS, 7/25/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080646.
  • 8/6/2014 AILA Amicus Brief Arguing Religious Worker Regulations Are Ultra Vires (.pdf 756 KB) AILA amicus brief arguing that 8 C.F.R. §§ 204.5(m)(4) and (11) are ultra vires because they impose requirements for approval of special immigrant religious worker petitions that go beyond those stated in the statute and a petitioner and beneficiary do have standing to challenge an I-360 denial.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080645.
  • 8/6/2014 AILA Amicus Brief Argues §212(h) Waiver Available to Petitioners Who Adjusted Status in the U.S. (.pdf 739 KB) AILA amicus brief to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that §212(h) waivers are available to legal permanent residents convicted of aggravated felonies if they adjusted status in the United States.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080644.
  • 8/6/2014 AILA Amicus Brief in Crane Lawsuit Argues DACA Does Not Violate INA (.pdf 537 KB) AILA amicus brief arguing that INA §235(b)(2)(A), which provides that all inadmissible applicants seeking admission "shall be detained" for removal proceedings, does not impose a mandatory duty on federal immigration officers to initiate removable proceedings against DACA-eligible noncitizens.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080643.
  • 8/6/2014 AILA Amicus Brief on Fundamental Fairness in Adjudicating Labor Certification Applications (.pdf 583 KB) AILA amicus brief to BALCA arguing that if, under the totality of the circumstances, the location, manner, and details in a Notice of Filing provide the information required by the regulation, the labor certification cannot be denied for failing to comply with §656.10(d)(4).
    AILA Doc. No. 14080642.
  • 8/6/2014 AILA Amicus Briefs on the Categorical Approach and State Drug Convictions (.pdf 20120 KB) AILA amicus brief and supplemental brief arguing that, under the categorical approach, courts must assess indivisibly overbroad controlled substance statutes categorically, and that the identity of a substance is a means, not an element, of the offense.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080641.
  • 8/6/2014 Department of State Releases 15 Asylum Country Profiles To Settle FOIA Lawsuit
    Asylum country profiles released by the Department of State in response to a FOIA lawsuit. Special thanks to David Cleveland.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080660.
  • 8/6/2014 BIA Sustains Appeal in Cancellation of Removal Denial (.pdf 565 KB) The BIA held that false testimony given by respondent more than three years prior to entry of a final administrative order should not be considered in determining whether she is barred from establishing good moral character under INA §101(f)(6). Matter of M-L-M-A-, 26 I&N Dec. 360 (BIA 2014)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080640.
  • 8/6/2014 Correct Job Classification Matters for a Design Professional
    Considering the vast number of diverse job descriptions and the limited classifications provided by DOL for design professionals, read the July/August VOICE for tips on properly advising employers to accurately categorize the design-related positions that foreign nationals will be assuming.
  • 8/6/2014 August 21 is the Early-Bird Deadline for Upcoming Removal Defense Conference
    Don’t miss early-bird pricing for AILA’s Fall Conference in Seattle on September 19. This hands-on conference uses a detailed fact pattern and sample litigation documents to walk you through and give you an advanced understanding of the complex removal defense process.
  • 8/6/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 6, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 6, 2014.
  • 8/5/2014 Your AILA8 for August 5, 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. 14080548.
  • 8/5/2014 CA7 Says IJ and BIA Applied Wrong Legal Standard and Misconstrued Evidence in Asylum Case (.pdf 589 KB) The court remanded, finding that the IJ and BIA applied the wrong legal standard in concluding petitioner was not persecuted in Belarus on account of her political opinion and misconstrued and disregarded important evidence. (Sobaleva v. Holder, 7/24/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080547.
  • 8/5/2014 BIA Grants Administrative Closure Pending Receipt of Record in I-130 Appeal
    Unpublished BIA decision administratively closes removal proceedings pending receipt of the record from USCIS in an appeal challenging the denial of an I-130, and states that the IJ should have granted a continuance. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of G-M-H-, 5/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080546.
  • 8/5/2014 SEVP Draft Guidance on Form I-20 and Conditional Admission (.pdf 722 KB) ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requests feedback on draft policy guidance clarifying previously issued regulations and guidance relating to conditional admission on Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status. Feedback is being accepted until 8/25/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080545.
  • 8/5/2014 BIA Finds Non-Physical Abuse Qualifies as "Extreme Cruelty"
    Unpublished BIA decision finds respondent eligible for special rule cancellation under VAWA based on the psychological abuse caused by her husband’s alcoholism and gambling. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of B-J-G-, 5/29/14).
    AILA Doc. No. 14080544.
  • 8/5/2014 SEVP Draft Guidance on Form I-20 and English Proficiency Field (.pdf 745 KB) ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requests feedback on draft policy guidance clarifying for SEVP adjudicators how to interpret DSO usage of the English proficiency field on Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status. Feedback is being accepted until 9/8/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080543.
  • 8/5/2014 AAO Processing Times as of August 1, 2014. (.pdf 538 KB) AAO Processing Times as of August 1, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080542.
  • 8/5/2014 AILA Quicktake #94: Accelerated Master Calendar Hearings for UACs
    AILA Southern California Chair Heather Poole discusses due process violations happening as California accelerates master calendar notifications for unaccompanied children.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080541.
  • 8/5/2014 OSC TAL Discusses Employer’s Over-Documentation of Employees (.pdf 554 KB) A 7/30/14 Technical Assistance Letter (TAL) from Office of Special Counsel with guidance on how to proceed when an employer discovers it accepted more documentation than necessary for Form I-9 purposes.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080540.
  • 8/5/2014 CA7 Says BIA Did Not Satisfy Hashmi Factors in Granting Continuance (.pdf 611 KB) The court held the BIA abused its discretion in denying the continuance pending adjudication of the I-130, as a continuance was needed due to USCIS’s carelessness in losing supporting materials about the potential fraudulent nature of petitioner’s second marriage. (Yang v. Holder, 7/25/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080549.
  • 8/5/2014 USCIS Request for Comments on Form I-601
    USCIS 60-day notice of request for comments on proposed revisions to Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility. Comments are due by 10/3/14. (79 FR 45212, 8/4/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080560.
  • 8/5/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 5, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 5, 2014.
  • 8/4/2014 CA7 on CSPA “Sought to Acquire” Standard (.pdf 651 KB) The court remanded for the BIA to determine whether petitioner took “substantial steps” to acquire permanent status within one year of his eligibility, as required by the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) standard in effect prior to Matter of O. Vasquez. (Velásquez v. Holder, 7/23/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080440.
  • 8/4/2014 Your AILA8 for August 4, 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. 14080446.
  • 8/4/2014 TRAC Report Finding Rise in Asylum Denial Rates
    Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report finding that the odds of an asylum claim being denied in immigration court has risen to 50.2 percent during the first nine months of 2014. Report includes 270 accounts on each immigration judge with at least 100 asylum decisions since FY2009.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080443.
  • 8/4/2014 CA1 Finds Petitioner Did Not Demonstrate Good Faith Needed for Hardship Waiver (.pdf 465 KB) The court declined to review the denial of the waiver to remove conditions, finding the petitioner failed to establish that he entered into his marriage in good faith, as the record lacked detail and lacked evidence of commingling finances and cohabitation. (Lamim v. Holder, 7/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080441.
  • 8/4/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 4, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 4, 2014.
  • 8/4/2014 AILA Quicktake #93: Legislative Update
    AILA Senior Associate Director of Advocacy Bob Sakaniwa provides an update on the legislative activities that happened last week before Congress went on a five-week recess.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080444.
  • 8/4/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: What Do Starfish and Artesia, NM Have in Common?
    In this blog post, AILA Board of Governors member Lisa Helen York shares how AILA members volunteering in Artesia, NM, are living by the AILA Colorado’s motto of saving starfish as they provide pro bono work for Central American refugees at the facility.
  • 8/4/2014 PERM Practice Alert: Overcoming the Section K Error Message
    The AILA DOL Liaison Committee provides tips for overcoming the error message which appears when attempting to file a PERM application in accordance with the July 28, 2014 FAQ regarding the use of Section K to list the employee’s qualifications.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080460.
  • 8/4/2014 CA1 Declines to Review Asylum Denial for Guatemalan Child Fleeing Gang Violence (.pdf 463 KB) The court declined to review the asylum denial, finding that the petitioner failed to establish a viable nexus between the identified persecution and his claimed social group of abandoned Guatemalan children lacking protection from gang violence. (Guerra v. Holder, 7/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080442.
  • 8/1/2014 CBP Liaison Alert: Use of I-193 Waiver of Visa Due to State Department Consular Database Disruption
    AILA Liaison alert informs members that CBP and DOS are working to find solutions in response to recent technical problems with the DOS CCD. At this time, CBP is only accepting recommendations for I-193 document waivers from DOS, which will be decided at Ports-of-Entry on a case-by-case basis.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080146.
  • 8/1/2014 Your AILA8 for August 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. 14080145.
  • 8/1/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: Artesia, Day Two (and a Half)
    In this blog post, AILA Past President Laura Lichter shares her experiences from her second day in Artesia, where she is working with other AILA volunteers to provide pro bono work for Central American detainees.
  • 8/1/2014 USCIS DACA Toolkit for Community Partners (.pdf 7743 KB) USCIS provided a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) toolkit for community partners, including a program overview, a “how do I” guide, FAQs, and list of federal government resources pertaining to DACA. DACA renewal information is included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080106.
  • 8/1/2014 BALCA En Banc Decision: Matter of Symantec Corp
    Resource page with BALCA’s en banc decision and AILA’s amicus brief on Matter of Symantec Corp.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080104.
  • 8/1/2014 BIA Reopens Sua Sponte Based on Negligence of Prior Attorney’s Law Firm
    Unpublished BIA decision reopens proceedings sua sponte because the law firm of the respondents’ prior attorney failed to file a motion to substitute and did not advise respondent of deadline to submit adjustment application. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Martinez, 5/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080105.
  • 8/1/2014 BIA Finds IJ Erred in Terminating Proceedings In Lieu of Granting Administrative Closure
    Unpublished BIA decision grants DHS appeal and finds IJ erred in terminating proceedings without prejudice rather than grant a joint request for administrative closure. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Mwaniki, 5/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080143.
  • 8/1/2014 BALCA En Banc Reverses CO on Advertising Content Requirements (.pdf 522 KB) BALCA reversed the CO’s decision, finding that the advertising content requirements of 20 CFR 656.17(f) do not apply to the additional recruitment steps found in section 656.17(e)(1)(ii). (Matter of Symantec Corp., 7/30/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080102.
  • 8/1/2014 CRS Memo on Current Laws Governing Removal of UACs (.pdf 897 KB) A Congressional Research Service (CRS) memo on the current laws governing the removal of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) from the U.S. Included is a chart comparing current law with three legislative proposed introduced in June/July 2014 that would significantly modify treatment of UACs.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080144.
  • 8/1/2014 Did You Miss the AILA Nonimmigrant Visa Admissions Web Seminar?
    Forget to register for AILA’s web seminar, Time Bandits – Navigating Nonimmigrant Visa Admissions? Did you know you can purchase the downloadable recording and listen to it anytime that works with your schedule? Check it out today!
  • 8/1/2014 AILA Quicktake #92: Refusing Bond for Central American Detainees
    AILA Past President Laura Lichter joins us via Skype from Artesia, NM, where she is working on the ground to help Central American refugees at the family detention center. She discusses why bond should be allowed for detainees in the center.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080142.
  • 8/1/2014 BIA Says Pro Se Respondent’s Failure to Pay Filing Fee Does Not Require Denial of Motion
    Unpublished BIA decision remands record for further consideration of motion to reopen in absentia order and says pro se respondent’s failure to pay filing fee was an insufficient basis for denial. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Kemboi, 5/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14080141.
  • 8/1/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – August 1, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on August 1, 2014.
  • 8/1/2014 CBP Solicitation to Non-Profit Organizations for Donations to Assist Unaccompanied Children and Families (.pdf 827 KB) CBP notice that it received authorization to solicit and accept items for unaccompanied children and families in CBP’s care and custody. CBP is not accepting donations from individuals and for-profit donors at this time. A list of organizations accepting donations in Texas and Arizona is included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080140.
  • 7/31/2014 Your AILA8 for July 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. 14073146.
  • 7/31/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: University of Houston Law Center Helps UAC Immigrants Coming to Houston
    In this blog post, Geoffrey Hoffman shares how the University of Houston Law Center is spearheading efforts to help UACs who will be coming to the Houston area.
  • 7/31/2014 Submit Your Questions for the Fall DOS Liaison Meeting
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee seeks agenda items for its fall liaison meeting with the Department of State Visa Office. Please send your non-case specific questions by 8/8/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073143.
  • 7/31/2014 CBP Issues New Customs Declarations Form with Expanded Family Member Definition (.pdf 629 KB) CBP press release announcing a new customs declarations form, in print and online, expanding the definition of family members for arriving travelers, as “members of a family residing in the same household who are related by blood, marriage, domestic relationship, or adoption.”
    AILA Doc. No. 14073145.
  • 7/31/2014 Call for Examples: National Visa Center Issues (Updated 7/31/14)
    AILA is collecting examples where members have experienced issues with the National Visa Center (NVC) within the last six months. Please send us your examples by August 31, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14062646.
  • 7/31/2014 AILA: U.S. Shamefully Detaining Families Seeking Asylum with "Bond" Rule
    AILA’s President Leslie Holman discusses the U.S. government’s decision to refuse release on bond of Central American mothers and children. “They should be permitted to seek the comfort and stability of life outside a detention facility while they wait for a fair decision.”
    AILA Doc. No. 14073142.
  • 7/31/2014 August 22-23 EB-5 CLE Conference Draws Registrants
    EB-5 is a rapidly growing practice area. AILA’s Chicago CLE conference has already attracted over 200 attendees looking for practical “how to” information and advanced discussions on issues such as TEAs, econometric models, securities compliance, exit strategies, and more. Register and join them!
  • 7/31/2014 DHS OIG Memo on Site Visits for UACs in DHS Custody (.pdf 1065 KB) DHS OIG memo on 87 unannounced site visits conducted from July 1-16, 2014, at 63 detention centers along U.S. southern border, concerning detention conditions for unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in DHS custody. Memo includes checklist, findings, and suggestions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073144.
  • 7/31/2014 LAC Practice Advisory on Duran Gonzalez Class Action
    The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center released a practice advisory on adjustment of status under 245(i) for noncitizens who had previously been removed and Duran Gonzalez, a Ninth Circuit class action challenging DHS’s refusal to follow Perez-Gonzalez.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073141.
  • 7/31/2014 A Twist to the Ordinary ‘About Me’ Page
    We like people who are approachable and welcoming, your clients included, right? So why not play up your About Me page with a lighthearted glance into your personal life. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073140.
  • 7/31/2014 DOS Afghan SIV Program Update (.pdf 736 KB) DOS announcement that it expects all 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants for FY2014 to be issued by August 2014, and is making arrangements to resume issuances of Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) if more visas are allocated. Update includes FAQ, fact sheet, and instructions for applying.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073160.
  • 7/31/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – July 31, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on July 31, 2014.
  • 7/30/2014 BIA Upholds Finding of Mental Incompetency and Remands for Consideration of Safeguards
    Unpublished BIA decision upholds finding that respondent was mentally incompetent to participate in proceedings but remands to consider appropriateness of safeguards other than administrative closure. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Benitez-Lopez, 5/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14073050.
  • 7/30/2014 BIA Says Testimony Alone Sufficient to Prove Waive-Through at Port of Entry
    Unpublished BIA decision holds credible testimony sufficient to meet respondent’s burden of proving “admission” under Matter of Quilantan by being waived through a port of entry. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Fonseca, 5/27/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14073049.
  • 7/30/2014 CA8 Says Iowa Tampering With Records Conviction Is Categorically a CIMT (.pdf 529 KB) The court upheld the BIA’s conclusion that petitioner’s conviction for tampering with records under Iowa Code §715A.5 was categorically a CIMT, rendering him statutorily ineligible for cancellation of removal. (Villatoro v. Holder, 7/28/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14073047.
  • 7/30/2014 Call for Questions: Upcoming Meeting with USCIS Field Operations
    The AILA USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee is in the process of preparing for its fall liaison meeting with USCIS Field Operations, and would like to hear about problems you are experiencing at your local USCIS field office. Responses needed by 8/4/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073046.
  • 7/30/2014 CA9 Affirms Government’s Modified Categorical Approach for Controlled Substance Offense (.pdf 626 KB) The court held DHS could consider a page in the indictment that described the controlled substance as methamphetamine because the statement was specifically incorporated into petitioner’s plea agreement as the factual basis supporting his guilty plea. (Alvarado v. Holder, 7/23/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14073045.
  • 7/30/2014 AILA Leadership Blog: Day One in Artesia: Notes from the Front Lines
    In this blog post, AILA Past President Laura Lichter shares her experiences from her first day on the ground in Artesia, the family detention center in New Mexico where several AILA members are offering pro bono services to help detained families navigate the immigration process.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073020.
  • 7/30/2014 CA8 Says Conviction for Grand Theft Auto Is Aggravated Felony (.pdf 526 KB) The court held the BIA did not err in determining that petitioner’s 1989 conviction for grand theft auto was an aggravated felony, as it found that the conditional probationary 365 day county jail sentence was a term of imprisonment of at least one year. (Hernandez v. Holder, 7/28/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14073043.
  • 7/30/2014 CRS Flow Chart on Unaccompanied Children (.pdf 533 KB) Congressional Research Service (CRS) flow chart on the different agencies that are involved in apprehending, processing, placing, and repatriating unaccompanied alien children.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073042.
  • 7/30/2014 VOICE: July/August 2014
    In the July/August 2014 VOICE, learn about opening a law office abroad, representing witnesses who cooperate with U.S. government officials, using your Agora digital library, visiting Hong Kong for business, and more!
    AILA Doc. No. 14073041.
  • 7/30/2014 USCIS Response to FOIA Appeal Reveals Additional CSC L-1B Denial Templates
    USCIS records released on 7/29/14 in response to AILA’s FOIA appeal requesting California Service Center (CSC) L-1B template letters used to deny L-1B nonimmigrant petitions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073040.
  • 7/30/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – July 30, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on July 30, 2014.
  • 7/30/2014 Your AILA8 for July 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. 14073052.
  • 7/30/2014 Written Testimony of Leon Rodriguez on Oversight of USCIS (.pdf 6914 KB) Written testimony of Leon Rodriguez from a 7/29/14 hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on oversight of USCIS, covering a wide range of topics including the timely adjudication of I-130 immediate relative petitions, L-1A site visits, DACA, EB-5, transformation, and unaccompanied minors.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073048.
  • 7/30/2014 CA8 Lacks Jurisdiction to Review BIA’s Refusal to Reopen Sua Sponte and MTR Denial (.pdf 501 KB) The court found that the publication of Descamps was not the kind of fundamental change in law for which sua sponte reopening was warranted, and also found that it lacked jurisdiction to review the motion to reopen (MTR) denial. (Barajas-Salinas v. Holder, 7/29/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14073044.
  • 7/29/2014 Your AILA8 for July 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. 14072952.
  • 7/29/2014 National Sign-On Letter to House on Supplemental Funding (.pdf 540 KB) On 7/29/14 AILA joined 190 other organizations in a sign-on letter to the House urging the passage of a clean supplemental funding bill and opposing changes to the TVPRA that would water down protections for children.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072951.
  • 7/29/2014 National Sign-On Letter on Supplemental Funding (.pdf 542 KB) On 7/29/2014 AILA joined over 190 other organizations in a sign on letter to the House and Senate urging the passage of a clean supplemental funding bill and opposing changes to the TVPRA that would water down protections for children.
  • 7/29/2014 CA7 Applies Chevron Deference to BIA’s Interpretation of INA §240A(b)(1)(C) (.pdf 635 KB) The court agreed with the BIA that an alien convicted of an offense under INA §237(a)(2) is ineligible for cancellation under INA §240A(b)(1)(C), regardless of whether he is charged with removal under §212 as an inadmissible alien or §237 as a deportable alien. (Coyomani v. Holder, 7/14/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072949.
  • 7/29/2014 Send Us Your Feedback on the May 2013 USCIS EB-5 Adjudications Policy Memorandum
    The AILA EB-5 Committee is soliciting member feedback on issues that the 5/30/13 USCIS EB-5 adjudications policy memorandum leaves unresolved. Responses needed by 08/26/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072943.
  • 7/29/2014 Legislation Addressing the Central American Humanitarian Crisis (Updated 7/29/14)
    A round-up of all legislation introduced after June 2014 addressing the humanitarian crisis in Central American and the impact on the southern border of the United States.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072152.
  • 7/29/2014 USCIS Webinar with Overview of USCIS ELIS Document Library for EB-5 Filings (.pdf 582 KB) USCIS invitation to an 8/5/14 webinar to demonstrate how the document library functionality works, which will allow regional centers to provide existing investors in new commercial enterprises with electronic copies of documents regarding their investments. Registration limited to 100 registrants.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072948.
  • 7/29/2014 Proposed House and Senate Emergency Appropriations Bills
    In July 2014 the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairs, Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (R-MD) respectively, introduced legislation to provide supplemental funding to address the Central American humanitarian crisis impact on the southern border.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072947.
  • 7/29/2014 CA1 Says BIA Did Not Err in Holding Petitioner to Attorney Concessions of Removability (.pdf 490 KB) The court found petitioner failed to demonstrate his attorney’s concessions of removability were so egregious as to warrant releasing him from those concessions and the BIA did not err in determining he was removable based upon his 2009 conviction for a CIMT. (Lima v. Holder, 7/8/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072945.
  • 7/29/2014 Los Angeles Asylum Office Contact Information List (.pdf 717 KB) A list of the contact information of the Los Angeles Asylum Office’s Directors and Supervisors, including the main phone number and public inquiry e-mail.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072944.
  • 7/29/2014 CA4 Affirms Denial of NACARA Relief Due to Persecutor’s Bar (.pdf 499 KB) The court found the BIA did not err in ruling the petitioner was ineligible for special rule cancellation of removal under NACARA, as during his service in the Salvadoran military, he assisted in persecution of individuals because of their political views. (Quitanilla v. Holder, 7/14/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072946.
  • 7/29/2014 CA7 Applies Camarillo, Says Defective NTA Suffices for Triggering Stop-Time Rule (.pdf 589 KB) The court applied Chevron deference and upheld the BIA’s decision in Camarillo that a Notice to Appear (NTA) that does not specify a particular time and date for an initial hearing suffices to trigger the stop-time rule under INA §240A(d)(1). (Wang v. Holder, 7/16/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072950.
  • 7/29/2014 AILA/Los Angeles Asylum Office Liaison Meeting Q&As (7/16/14) (.pdf 970 KB) The Los Angeles Asylum Office meeting with AILA discussed the following topics: statistics about the asylum application’s volume, NACARA, TVPRA, and credible and reasonable fear interviews. Some clarifications about office procedures and length of the interviews process are also included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072942.
  • 7/29/2014 CA4 Remands Asylum Denial for Salvadoran Petitioner Fleeing MS-13 (.pdf 506 KB) The court granted the petition for review and remanded, finding that even though other members of the petitioner’s family may not have been “uniquely or specially targeted” by the MS-13 gang, this fact did not did not undermine petitioner’s own fear of persecution. (Aquino v. Holder, 7/18/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072941.
  • 7/29/2014 Hawaii Midyear Conference Open for Registration
    2015 AILA Midyear/Winter CLE Conference, Riding The Waves Of Immigration: Tackling Complex Business Issues When There Is No Guidance, is geared towards the advanced-level business immigration practitioner with a program designed to provide insight into the most challenging issues. Register soon.
  • 7/29/2014 CRS Report on Legal Issues Surrounding Unaccompanied Alien Children (.pdf 832 KB) CRS report including FAQs on the legal issues concerning unaccompanied alien children including the interpretation and interplay of various federal statutes and regulations, administrative and judicial decisions, and settlement agreements pertaining to these immigrant minors.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072940.
  • 7/29/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – July 29, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on July 29, 2014.
  • 7/28/2014 Your AILA8 for July 28, 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. 14072855.
  • 7/28/2014 AILA on Twitter
    Connect with AILA National and AILA's Executive Director.
  • 7/28/2014 DOL FAQ on Familial Relationships (.pdf 481 KB) DOL FAQ on when an employer should mark “yes” to the Question C.9, “is there a familial relationship between the foreign worker and the owners, stockholders, partners, corporate officers, and incorporators,” and how to demonstrate the existence of a bona fide job opportunity if the answer is “yes.”
    AILA Doc. No. 14072854.
  • 7/28/2014 DOL FAQ on Where to Enter Foreign Worker Qualifications (.pdf 481 KB) DOL FAQ detailing where on the ETA Form 9089 the foreign worker’s qualifications should be indicated to show that he or she meets the actual minimum requirements. FAQ give examples of certifications, licensure, or other credentials that could be provided in Section K.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072853.
  • 7/28/2014 Chicago Chapter – USCIS Chicago Supervisory Assignments (7/22/14) (.pdf 492 KB) USCIS Chicago Field Office Supervisory List as of 7/22/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022351.
  • 7/28/2014 Chicago Chapter – CBP Chicago Field Office Liaison Minutes (5/2/14) (.pdf 588 KB) Chicago Chapter minutes from 5/2/14 liaison meeting with CBP officers at Chicago Field Office. Topics include: personnel changes, I-94 automation and website changes, H-1B visa admissions, Form I-129S review and processing, I-912s, I-913s, pre-flight clearance, deferred inspection, and DACA.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072852.
  • 7/28/2014 Chicago Chapter – USCIS Chicago Field Office Minutes (7/22/14) (.pdf 2240 KB) Minutes from a 7/22/14 AILA Chicago Chapter meeting with the Chicago Field Office. Topics include: AOS for K-4 visa entrants who were 18-21 at time of marriage, same sex conditional residents, criteria for acceptance of I-212 at field office, and change of address. Current supervisory list included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072851.
  • 7/28/2014 Chicago Chapter – List of Applications Accepted for Payment at the USCIS Chicago Field Office (7/7/14) (.pdf 480 KB) List of accepted applications for payment at the USCIS Chicago Field Office as of 7/7/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072850.
  • 7/28/2014 CA1 Says Denial of Motion to Suppress Records Did Not Violate Statutory Rights (.pdf 509 KB) The court upheld the adjustment denial, finding that it was not a violation of petitioner’s statutory rights to deny the motion to suppress the I-9 Forms and educational records, as these documents contained her false statements of U.S. citizenship. (Downs v. Holder, 7/14/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072849.
  • 7/28/2014 Chicago Chapter – USCIS Chicago Field Office Minutes (6/24/14) (.pdf 1519 KB) Minutes from the 6/24/14 AILA Chicago Chapter meeting with the Chicago Field Office. Topics include: new medical exam guidance, I-212 applications, status inquiries, interview-waiver eligible I-485s, I-485 backlogs, parole in place requests, and I-290B motions due to service error.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072848.
  • 7/28/2014 AILA Amicus Committee Seeks Examples of VAWA Cancellation Denials
    AILA is interested in hearing stories of cases where VAWA cancellation of removal applications have been denied for failure to prove battery or extreme cruelty, especially where this issue was raised in a petition for review to a federal circuit court. Please send examples by 8/22/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072847.
  • 7/28/2014 CA1 Declines to Review Withholding Denial for Petitioner from Brazil (.pdf 472 KB) The court upheld the BIA’s finding that the petitioner feared harm in Brazil as a result of a personal dispute and not on account of membership in his immediate family or as part of the social group of people who help Brazilian women escape violent relationships. (Moura v. Holder, 7/14/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072846.
  • 7/28/2014 Wisconsin Chapter – Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) of Chicago Liaison Minutes (11/6/13) (.pdf 502 KB) Wisconsin Chapter’s minutes from 11/6/13 liaison meeting with the Office of Chief Counsel of Chicago and AILA’s Chicago, Indiana, and Wisconsin Chapters. Topics include: staffing, fingerprinting, prosecutorial discretion, e-filing, provisional waivers, unaccompanied minors, and eService.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072845.
  • 7/28/2014 Wisconsin Chapter – USCIS Milwaukee Field Office Liaison Minutes (5/30/14) (.pdf 465 KB) Wisconsin Chapter minutes from liaison meeting with USCIS Milwaukee Field Office on 5/30/14. Topics include: biometrics appointments, CIV program, transfer of I-130 petitions to local offices due to DACA overflow, I-485 processing, USCIS attorney email inquiry account, and parole in place.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072844.
  • 7/28/2014 Colorado Chapter USCIS Liaison Minutes (5/22/14) (.pdf 542 KB) Minutes from Colorado Chapter’s 5/22/14 liaison meeting with USCIS Denver Field Office. Topics included: policy for filing attorney and non-attorney complaints, naturalization biometrics and interviews, interpreter access, supervisor intervention, and three and ten year unlawful presence bars.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072843.
  • 7/28/2014 AILA Liaison Notes from Teleconference with USCIS Customer Service (5/30/14) (.pdf 572 KB) AILA notes from a 5/30/14 teleconference with the USCIS Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate on issues including new customer service initiatives, Immigrant Visa fees, NCSC, Secure Mail Initiative, inaccurate information on online case status system (CRIS), and SRMT issues.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072842.
  • 7/28/2014 AILA Liaison Notes from Teleconference with USCIS Customer Service (2/21/14) (.pdf 527 KB) AILA notes from a 2/21/14 teleconference with the USCIS Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate on issues including new customer service initiatives, Immigrant Visa fees, online processing times, Secure Mail Initiative, CRIS, and premium processing receipt dates.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072841.
  • 7/28/2014 CA7 Vacates And Remands, Says BIA Did Not Properly Apply Silva-Trevino (.pdf 652 KB) The court found the BIA did not properly apply the Silva-Trevino framework in determining that any portion of knowingly or intentionally failing to stop after causing injury under §9-26-1-8 of the Indiana statute categorically qualified as a CIMT. (Sanchez v. Holder, 7/9/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072840.
  • 7/28/2014 AILA Resources on the Central American Humanitarian Crisis (Updated 7/28/14)
    AILA resources on the surge of unaccompanied minor children and families along the southern border in response to the regional humanitarian crisis in Central America.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070148.
  • 7/28/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – July 28, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on July 28, 2014.
  • 7/28/2014 CA1 Finds Activity Before and After Marriage Is Relevant to Good Faith Inquiry (.pdf 472 KB) The court found that the petitioner, who applied for a waiver to remove conditions after her divorce, failed to meet the good faith burden, as activity before and after the moment of marriage was relevant to the inquiry. (Lin v. Holder, 7/14/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072860.
  • 7/25/2014 AILA Pro Bono Heroes Recognition Program (Updated 7/25/14)
    AILA's National Pro Bono Services Committee presents a quarterly Pro Bono Heroes recognition program. Each quarter, a different category of person/organization exemplifying the professional values of pro bono immigration legal work is profiled. Nominations now open!
    AILA Doc. No. 13050340.
  • 7/25/2014 Your AILA8 for July 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. 14072546.
  • 7/25/2014 EB-5 Alert: CCTV Accusations against Bank of China—and Potential Impact on EB-5 Investors
    AILA EB-5 Liaison Committee alert that CCTV recently issued a report, which has since been withdrawn, accusing the Bank of China of acting inappropriately in providing services to aid wealthy Chinese citizens in converting very large sums of currency and transferring them abroad.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072545.
  • 7/25/2014 BIA Withdraws from Lanferman, Citing Descamps (.pdf 599 KB) The BIA held that it did not have authority to continue to apply the divisibility analysis used in Lanferman and found respondent was not removable due to an aggravated felony but was removable due to his firearms conviction. Matter of Chairez-Castrejon, 26 I&N Dec. 349 (BIA 2014)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072541.
  • 7/25/2014 NAIJ Letter to Senate Leadership on Juveniles in Immigration Courts (.pdf 737 KB) A 7/22/14 letter from the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the unique concerns and protections that should be afforded juveniles in immigration courts.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072544.
  • 7/25/2014 NAIJ Letter to House Leadership on Juveniles in Immigration Courts (.pdf 724 KB) A 7/22/14 letter from the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) to Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on juveniles in immigration courts, stating that children and juveniles are a vulnerable population with special needs under the judicial system.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072543.
  • 7/25/2014 BIA Holds Iowa Delivery of Marijuana Not an Aggravated Felony
    Unpublished BIA decision holds delivery of marijuana under Iowa Code 124.401(1)(d) is not a drug trafficking aggravated felony under Moncrieffe v. Holder. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Telesford, 5/27/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072501.
  • 7/25/2014 Information Guide on Traveling to Artesia, New Mexico (.pdf 547 KB) Prepared by AILA’s Practice & Professionalism Center for individuals traveling to Artesia, New Mexico to help in the Central American humanitarian crisis. This document includes general information about Artesia, flight costs, accommodations, and temporary office space.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072542.
  • 7/25/2014 AILA EB-5 Alert: BEA Update on RIMS II and Impact on EB-5 Job Models
    AILA EB-5 Liaison Committee provides a practice alert on the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’s (BEA) plan to update the original RIMS II model. The committee advises members who counsel regional centers to urge their clients to investigate the impact of RIMS II changes with a qualified economist.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072540.
  • 7/25/2014 Special Member Update: Response to Central American Humanitarian Crisis (Updated 7/25/14) (.pdf 606 KB) AILA National has been coordinating efforts to effect change on the UAC humanitarian crisis through liaison, legislative, and policy channels, as well as coordinating a pro bono response. This update is on what we know, what actions we are continuing to pursue, and how you can get involved.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072451.
  • 7/25/2014 2014 AILA Colorado Chapter Rocky Mountain Immigration Law Update (Update 7/25/14)
    October 16-17, 2014
    Embassy Suites Denver
    Denver, CO
    This event is being presented by AILA’s Colorado Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 7/25/2014 2014 AILA Texas Chapter Fall Conference (.pdf 255 KB) November 7-8, 2014
    Playa del Carmen, Mexico
    This event is being presented by AILA’s Texas Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 7/25/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – July 25, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on July 25, 2014.
  • 7/24/2014 CRS Report on DREAMers, Higher Education, In-State Tuition, and Financial Aid (.pdf 781 KB) CRS report with a legal analysis of unlawfully present individuals’ eligibility for higher education, in-state tuition, and financial aid. Report includes summary of legal protections and information on state restrictions as well as state measures granting access.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072452.
  • 7/24/2014 AILA: Artesia Detention Center a Due Process Failure
    Following a visit to the Artesia detention facility this week and observing severe due process violations, AILA calls for the suspension of all deportations from the facility until fundamental improvements can be made.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072449.
  • 7/24/2014 AILA Quicktake #91: The Artesia Experience
    Olsi Vrapi, AILA member and managing partner of Noble & Vrapi, joins us via Skype to discuss his experience at Artesia, a family detention center located in New Mexico set up to house families from Central America. For AILA resources on the border crisis, go to www.aila.org/uac.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072450.
  • 7/24/2014 AILA: House Republican Plan Will Endanger Children Fleeing Violence and Persecution
    AILA’s President Leslie Holman discusses the House Republican plan to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border as a plan that, “will harm vulnerable child victims of violence.”
    AILA Doc. No. 14072460.
  • 7/24/2014 What’s In a Headshot? Five Tips for a Great Headshot
    Take a look at your picture from your LinkedIn profile, your website’s About Me page, or a recent article you submitted to the news editor—is this the picture you want the whole world to see? It’s probably a decent picture, but is it a great picture? Here are five tips for a great headshot.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072448.
  • 7/24/2014 DOL Statistics on H-2As from FY2014 Third Quarter (6/30/14) (.pdf 532 KB) DOL’s OFLC statistics on H-2As as of 6/30/14, including number of applications received, top states, and employers, as well as the status of applications processed.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072446.
  • 7/24/2014 DOL Statistics on H-1Bs from FY2014 Third Quarter (6/30/14) (.pdf 548 KB) DOL’s OFLC statistics on H-1Bs as of 6/30/14, including number of LCAs received, top occupations, states, and employers, as well as the number of certified, denied, and withdrawn LCAs, number of positions requested and certified, and percentage of applications timely processed.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072445.
  • 7/24/2014 DOL Statistics on PWDs from FY2014 Third Quarter (6/30/14) (.pdf 538 KB) DOL’s OFLC statistics from the National Prevailing Wage Center on prevailing wage determinations (PWD) as of 6/30/14, including number of applications received, top employers and occupations for PERM, H-1B, and H-2B, as well as number of determined, withdrawn, and pending prevailing wage actions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072444.
  • 7/24/2014 DOL Statistics on PERM Program from Third Quarter of FY2014 (6/30/14) (.pdf 535 KB) DOL’s OFLC statistics on the PERM program as of 6/30/14, including number of applications received, top occupations, work site states, industries, visa classifications, country of citizenship, and minimum educational requirements, as well as number of certified, denied and withdrawn applications.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072443.
  • 7/24/2014 DOL iCERT Quick Start Guide (.pdf 803 KB) DOL iCERT Quick Start guide for external users, dated 7/23/14, with information and instructions on the new enhanced password requirements.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072442.
  • 7/24/2014 DOL Alert: New iCERT Password Requirements (.pdf 482 KB) DOL posted an alert on iCERT that as of 7/18/14, new password requirements for enhanced security were implemented. Within the next 90 calendar days, all iCERT users will be required to create new passwords that meet the new password requirements.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072441.
  • 7/24/2014 DOS Telephone List of Key Officers (Updated 7/24/14) (.pdf 806 KB) Unclassified list of key Department of State officers current as of 7/7/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 07122063.
  • 7/24/2014 DOS Organizational Directory Telephone List (Updated 7/24/14) (.pdf 795 KB) Unclassified Organizational Telephone Directory of the Department of State current as of 7/22/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 11091467.
  • 7/24/2014 DOL Alert: iCERT LCA Courtesy E-mails Not Being Sent (.pdf 483 KB) DOL posted an alert on iCERT that due to technical difficulties, LCA courtesy e-mails are not being sent. OFLC is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072461.
  • 7/23/2014 H.R. 5137 - The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (Updated 7/23/14)
    On 7/17/14 Representatives Goodlatte (R-VA) and Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced H.R. 5137, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act to “to stop the surge of children, teenagers, and families from Central America seeking to enter the United States illegally.”
    AILA Doc. No. 14071749.
  • 7/23/2014 Speaker Boehner Letter to President Obama on TPVRA (.pdf 550 KB) A 7/23/14 letter from Speaker Boehner (R-OH) to President Obama arguing that it will be difficult to make “progress on this issue without strong, public support from the White House for much-needed reforms, including changes to the 2008 [TVPRA] law.”
    AILA Doc. No. 14072352.
  • 7/23/2014 Your AILA8 for July 23, 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. 14072351.
  • 7/23/2014 CA1 Says Connecticut Child Pornography Conviction Is an Aggravated Felony (.pdf 493 KB) The court denied the petition, finding the BIA correctly concluded that it necessarily established that the conviction of possession of child pornography under §53a-193(13)(2003) of the Connecticut statute was an aggravated felony under INA §101(a)(43)(I). (Kaufmann v. Holder, 7/14/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072350.
  • 7/23/2014 CA1 Declines to Review Adjustment Denial for Lack of Jurisdiction (.pdf 495 KB) The court dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, finding the IJ properly exercised her discretion in denying the adjustment application, considering the child abuse reports and a criminal charge, and petitioner presented no legal argument to undermine that result. (Jaquez v. Holder, 7/15/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072349.
  • 7/23/2014 House GOP Working Group Recommendations on Humanitarian Crisis (.pdf 501 KB) Recommendations of the Republican working group assembled by Speaker Boehner (R-OH) and led by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) in response to the humanitarian crisis in Central America.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072348.
  • 7/23/2014 CA1 Finds Salvadoran Petitioner Failed to Show Causation in Asylum Claim (.pdf 469 KB) The court found that although the nuclear family can be a social group that is the target of persecution, the petitioner, a mother of three sons resisting gang violence in El Salvador, failed to show she would be persecuted as a result of her kinship. (Constanza v. Holder, 7/9/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072347.
  • 7/23/2014 Unaccompanied Children Legal Call to Action (Updated 7/23/14)
    AILA is seeking members who may be willing (but not obligated) to provide pro bono legal services to unaccompanied children at the southern border, once the specific legal process and need for lawyers becomes clearer.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070348.
  • 7/23/2014 Daily Immigration News Clips – July 23, 2014
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on July 23, 2014.
  • 7/23/2014 AILA Talking Points on H.R. 5137 (Goodlatte UAC Bill) (.pdf 680 KB) AILA talking points on H.R. 5137, the “Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act,” by Reps. Goodlatte (R-VA) and Chaffetz (R-UT). The bill dismantles nearly every humanitarian protection available for vulnerable children and will send thousands back to dangerous conditions from which they fled.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072346.
  • 7/23/2014 CBP Request for Comments on Improving Entry Process for International Travelers to the U.S.
    CBP notice for comments on President Obama’s 5/22/14 request for the enhancement of the entry process for international travelers to the U.S. by expediting the arrivals process. Notice includes specific questions CBP is looking for input on. Comments are due by 8/15/14. (79 FR 42503, 7/22/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072345.
  • 7/23/2014 USCIS Comment Request on Form I-907
    USCIS 60-day notice of request for comments on proposed revisions to Form I-907, Application for Premium Processing Service. Comments are due by 9/22/14. (79 FR 42523, 7/22/14)
    AILA Doc. No. 14072344.
  • 7/23/2014 DOJ Remarks on Human Smuggling Along the Southwest Border (.pdf 515 KB) DOJ remarks from a DHS press conference on smuggling along the southwest border and joint law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute human smugglers. DOJ is prioritizing cases involving smuggling and transporting undocumented individuals and has charged almost 3,000 defendants in FY2013.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072343.
  • 7/23/2014 ICE Announces 192 Criminal Arrests for Human Smuggling in Rio Grande Valley (.pdf 565 KB) ICE press release announcing that as part of ICE’s ongoing operations to crack down on human smuggling in the Rio Grande Valley, 192 smugglers and their associates have been arrested on criminal charges since 6/23/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072342.
  • 7/23/2014 USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Employee Rights and Other Key Topics (.pdf 581 KB) USCIS invitation to an 8/7/14 teleconference to discuss employee rights and verification, and other key topics, including DACA, the unauthorized practice of immigration law, and multilingual materials and outreach.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072341.
  • 7/23/2014 AILA Comments on BLS Revisions to Standard Occupational Classifications (.pdf 594 KB) AILA’s comments in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) 2018 revisions to the Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC), including comments on occupations that should be added, occupational descriptions, requirements that should be updated or changed, and related issues.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072340.

 
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