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Navigation & Organization FAQs

What's the difference between InfoNet, Fastcase and AILALink

How can I browse items on InfoNet?
How do I navigate around InfoNet?
How are items on InfoNet sorted?

Where can I find a DHS memo?
How can I find a case on InfoNet?
Can I get help with a case pending at a service center?
The text on the page is too small or large, can I change it?
Can I email a document to someone else?
I don't see the Favorites on the homepage.

What's the difference between InfoNet, Fastcase and AILALink

InfoNet is AILA's main website and is an online resource and community for the latest immigration news and information, including federal agency memos, news and regulations; bills and public laws; legislative analyses and updates; practice advisories; AILA statements and issue papers; and more. InfoNet also provides AILA-related information and updates, including CLE offerings, publications and announcements. InfoNet's interactive features enable members to communicate and network with each other; to support and participate in AILA's issues; to update contact information and renew membership; and to search over 24,000 immigration-related documents.

Fastcase is an AILA member benefit that provides free access to a comprehensive legal research system containing a full range of federal caselaw and Board of Immigration Appeals decisions. Fastcase features smarter technology, customized searching, and even a mobile legal research app. Once you're logged in to Fastcase, you can choose to begin with a quick caselaw search at the top of the page, or you can opt for the advanced caselaw search. The advanced caselaw search includes keyword (Boolean), natural language, and citation searches, as well as powerful searching and sorting tools. After you run your search, you can decide how you'd like your search results to be displayed. Results can be sorted by relevance (based on frequency, diversity, and proximity of your search terms), chronologically, alphabetically, by court hierarchy, or by the number of subsequent citations. Fastcase provides many resources to help you get started, including online webinar trainings, on-demand tutorials, live help and e-mail support, FAQs, and a downloadable user guide.

AILALink Online is a fully searchable, web-based immigration law library filled with practical guidance and authoritative resources key to the practice of immigration law. It contains both primary and secondary legal resources, such as the statute and the regulations, FAM, Federal Register, Supreme Court, Circuit Courts, BIA, and BALCA cases, official liaison minutes, agency memoranda and correspondence, the DOT & O*NET, and much more. It also provides exclusive access to AILA publications (a $3,800 value), as well as access to over 200 fillable immigration forms in Adobe PDF. For additional details, visit http://www.ailalink.org/contents.html

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How can I browse items on InfoNet?

All 21,000+ documents on InfoNet can be accessed using the fly-out navigation on the left-hand side of any InfoNet page or by using the search feature.
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How do I navigate around InfoNet?

To navigate around InfoNet simply use the fly-out menu on the left-hand of every page. The fly-out menu shows the top two levels of the entire site. Simply click on the section you are interested in. Subsections or documents will then be displayed in the center of the page. Then, either click another subsection or open an individual document. The default display shows the current year's documents. Links to previous years can be found at the top of the page in the center just above the first document on the page.
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How are items on InfoNet sorted?

Items on InfoNet within each section are sorted chronologically with the most recent items being at the top of the page. Within each section the page display defaults to the current year with previous years available as links at the top of the page.
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Where can I find a DHS memo?

Agency memos (along with Regs, Liaison Activity and more) can be found under the Agencies & Liaison section. The section sorts items first by what agency put the material out (DHS, DOS, DOL, etc.) and then by Type of Document and year posted. To find a DHS memo, simple click on DHS > Agency Memos, Cables, Letters and Guidance > Year.

Tip: A special note regarding memos: Items on InfoNet are sorted by the date an item was posted on InfoNet, not the date of the memo. In recent years most of these are within days of each other; however some older memos, or other hard to find memos, may not have been obtained by AILA for several months after the date of the memo.
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How can I find a case on InfoNet?

InfoNet is not a comprehensive case database. It only covers significant immigration related cases. For most courts, significant coverage only begins in 2003, though some earlier cases are available. All case postings can be found under the Cases and Decisions section in the left-hand navigation. They are further divided by what court or tribunal published the decision. When using the Advanced Search to look for a specific case, we recommend using one of the names in the case title and not the case number. If you are unable to find a decision that you are looking for, use the "Report a Bad Search" feature on the Advanced Search page to ask AILA National for assistance.
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Can I get help with a case pending at a service center?

Yes, you can request liaison assistance by using the appropriate liaison assistance online form. The relevant Liaison Committee will review your information and forward your request to the Service Center. Click on Individual Case Liaison Assistance under Favorites or under Agencies & Liaison > Case Liaison Tools & Assistance in the left-hand navigation for more information and to access the forms.
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The text on the page is too small or large, can I change it?

InfoNet has a feature that offers 3 font sizes (small, medium and large) for your convenience. You will see these options on the right-hand side of the page labeled "Text Size". Simply click on any size to display the font size with which you are most comfortable. The website defaults to medium. You can also use most browsers to resize the text by holding down the Ctrl key and rolling the mouse wheel.
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Can I email a document to someone else?

If you find a page that you think someone else would be interested in, you can use the E-mail a Friend feature to e-mail them the Title & URL of the page. You can also add your own message, perhaps including some of the text of the document. When you find a page of interest, click on the envelope icon next to the text size feature in the right-hand side of the page. Another window opens up. Type in the recipient's name and e-mail address and an optional message. Click on Send. Only AILA members will be able to open up member-only content.
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I don't see the Favorites on the homepage.

Favorites can be found in the right-hand column on the homepage. In this section are quick links to some of the most popular sections of InfoNet. Favorites are for members only. If you do not see the Favorites box, it is because you are either not a member or are not logged in.
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