What's the Difference Between AILA’s Website, Fastcase, and AILALink/Fastcase Premium?

If you have an immigration law question that you need to research, where should you turn? Learn more about AILA’s online research resources.


AILA's Website: AILA.org

AILA's website, AILA.org, is a great place to start. Access to the InfoNet Research Library on AILA.org is one of your key member benefits and consists of close to 30,000 immigration-related documents, including federal agency memos, court cases and decisions (published circuit court decisions, Supreme Court decisions, and select unpublished decisions forwarded by AILA members, among others), bills and public laws, legislative analyses and congressional updates, practice advisories, and AILA statements and issue papers. The InfoNet Research Library also provides a keyword search, topical and type filters, and date filters to meet your research needs. Plus, the My Research feature offers bookmarks, notes, and saved searches to help you easily keep track of and manage your research.


Fastcase

You can also turn to Fastcase, the AILA member benefit that provides free access to a comprehensive database of federal case law and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decisions. Fastcase features customized searching and a mobile legal research app. You can choose to begin with a quick case law search at the top of the page, or you can opt for the advanced case law search, which includes keyword (Boolean), natural language, and citation searches, as well as powerful searching and sorting tools. Fastcase provides many resources to help you get started, including online webinar trainings, on-demand tutorials, live help and email support, FAQs, and a downloadable user guide. To learn more, visit AILA's Fastcase page.


AILALink

For your holistic research needs, AILALink is AILA's fully searchable, web-based immigration law library filled with practical guidance and authoritative resources that are key to the practice of immigration law. Available through flexible subscriptions, AILALink contains both primary and secondary legal resources, including the INA, immigration-related sections of the CFR and the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), immigration-related Federal Register rules and notices, immigration-related Supreme Court and circuit court decisions, BIA and Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) decisions, official liaison minutes, agency memoranda and correspondence, and much more. It also provides exclusive access to AILA publications (a $4,000+ value), ranging from the incomparable Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook to conference handbooks and topical publications such as Representing Clients in Immigration Court, Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity, The Waivers Book, AILA's Asylum Primer, Immigration Law and the Family, AILA's Toolbox Series (including AILA's Immigration Litigation Toolbox, AILA's Immigration Forms Toolbox, and AILA's Immigration Practice Toolbox), and more. To learn more about AILALink or to sign up for a complimentary trial subscription, visit AILA's AILALink page.


Fastcase Premium

Included with an AILALink subscription is access to Fastcase Premium, which includes all of the decisions available through AILA's all-member Fastcase benefit, plus state statutes, state codes, state court opinions, the U.S. Code, and the Code of Federal Regulations. Fastcase Premium also gives you access to five administrative databases containing AAO decisions, BALCA decisions, DOL Administrative Law Judge decisions, DOL Administrative Review Board decisions, and Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) decisions. To learn more, visit AILA's Fastcase page.


How To Use These Different Databases

As a general rule, you can think of AILA.org as your resource for materials specifically curated for the everyday needs of immigration practitioners, while Fastcase is where you can turn if you need to conduct in-depth federal case law research.

Adding an AILALink subscription with its upgraded access to Fastcase Premium helps you take your research to the next level. You will have searchable access to the INA, CFR, and most AILA publications, as well as access to statutes, codes, and case law from all 50 states and a selection of databases targeted to the immigration practitioner.


See the chart below for details on which of our research databases to turn to for specific reference materials.

Type of Document AILA.org
(included with AILA membership)
Fastcase
(included with AILA membership)
AILALink
(subscription-based)
Fastcase Premium
(included with AILALink subscription)
Government Memos and Guidance    
Immigration and Nationality Act      
Code of Federal Regulations    
U.S. Code      
State Statutes      
State Codes      
Selected Federal Register Rules and Notices    
Agency Processing Times      
Visa Bulletins    
Agency Data and Statistics      
Government Manuals      
Liaison Minutes and Q&As    
Liaison Practice Pointers and Alerts      
AILA Memos/Regulatory Comments      
Amicus Briefs/Alerts      
Selected Immigration-Related Federal Court Cases    
Federal Court Database1    
BIA, AG, and AAO Precedent Decisions (I&N Dec.)
DOL/BALCA Cases  
AAO Non-Precedent Decisions      
OCAHO Decisions    
Selected Immigration-Related Non-Precedent Decisions (AAO, BIA, Circuit Court, District Court, etc.)      
State Court Case Database      
Enacted Legislation (Public Laws)    
Advocacy and Media (Including AILA Press Statements)      
AILA Publications (Including Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook and many more)      
AILA Conference Handbooks (Including Annual Conference Handbooks)      
 
Features        
Notes    
Bookmarks    
Saved Searches    
Advanced Search Filters
“My Library” of Recent and Favorite Documents    

1Including Supreme Court cases back to 1 U.S. 1, , U.S. Courts of Appeals cases back to 1 F.2d 1, and Federal District Court cases back to 1. F. Supp. 1.