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11/21/2014 - Immigration Politics 2014  
AILA Advocacy Department's daily immigration reform update.

11/21/2014 - AILA Resources on Administrative Reform 2014 (Updated 11/21/14)  
A compilation of resources on President Obama’s 2014 Executive Action, including AILA statements and analysis, government documents and outside organization resources.

11/21/2014 - Presidential Memo on Modernizing and Streamlining the Immigrant Visa System   (.pdf 496 KB)
Presidential memorandum directing the heads of executive departments and agencies to development within 120 days, and in consultation with private and nonfederal public stakeholders, recommendations to streamline and improve the immigrant and nonimmigrant legal immigration system.

11/21/2014 - Your AILA8 for November 21, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

11/21/2014 - Presidential Memo on Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees   (.pdf 499 KB)
Presidential memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies on the creation of the White House Task Force for New Americans, to assist with the creation of welcoming communities and fully integrated immigrants and refugees.

11/21/2014 - DOL Alert: iCERT and PERM Outage Tonight After 8:30pm ET  
DOL alert that there will be a system wide outage Friday, 11/21/14 between 8:30pm and 6am ET. All systems will be unavailable during this time.

11/21/2014 - AILA Quicktake #110: President Obama's Executive Action Announcement  
AILA President Leslie Holman responds to President Obama's announcement on executive action, where is he is using his legal authority to protect millions of people from deportation and fix some other parts of our broken immigration system.

11/21/2014 - BIA Holds IJ Should Have Reviewed Initial I-485  
Unpublished BIA vacates denial of I-485 due lack of healthcare worker certification and instructs IJ to determine whether resubmitted I-485 should be treated as renewed application and whether a continued offer of employment exists. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Kim, 9/19/14)

11/21/2014 - BIA Scolds Immigration Judge for Criticizing Attorney  
Unpublished BIA decision criticizes IJ for accusing respondent’s attorney of filing frivolous motions for continuance or administrative closure and states that great care must be taken when suggesting an attorney’s conduct is unprofessional. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Perez, 9/17/14)

11/21/2014 - Did You Miss the AILA Seminar on Descamps and the Categorical Approach?  
Did you miss the recent AILA audio seminar on Descamps? AILA experts will walk you through the categorical approach and explain the positive implications of Descamps for immigration practitioners. You can purchase the downloadable recording and listen anytime, anywhere.

11/21/2014 - DHS Designates Sierra Leone for TPS (Updated 11/21/14)  
USCIS notice with instructions after DHS designated Sierra Leone for TPS for 18 months, effective 11/21/14. (79 FR 69506, 11/21/14)

11/21/2014 - DHS Designates Liberia for TPS (Updated 11/21/14)  
USCIS notice with instructions after DHS designated Liberia for TPS for 18 months, effective 11/21/14. (79 FR 69502, 11/21/14)

11/21/2014 - DHS Designates Guinea for TPS (Updated 11/21/14)  
USCIS notice with instructions after DHS designated Guinea for TPS for 18 months, effective 11/21/14. (79 FR 69511, 11/21/14)

11/21/2014 - New York Chapter Symposium to Include Update on Executive Action  
At the December 1 Symposium, Bob Sakaniwa, AILA Senior Associate Director of Advocacy will deliver an update on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Online registration closes on November 26 (but you can register onsite). Register soon.

11/21/2014 - EOIR Immigration Court Closings for 2014 (Updated 11/21/14)  
EOIR alert that the Buffalo and Batavia Immigration Courts remain closed today due to severe weather conditions.

11/21/2014 - USCIS Office Closings for 2014 (Updated 11/21/14)  
USCIS alert that the Buffalo, NY offices are closed today due to inclement weather.

11/21/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – November 21, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 21, 2014.

11/21/2014 - USCIS Information on the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration (Updated 11/21/14)   (.pdf 526 KB)
USCIS information on the initiatives included in the President’s 11/20/14 executive actions on immigration, included are summaries of the planned initiatives by USCIS with who is eligible, what the initiatives will do, when a request can be made, and how to make that request.

11/21/2014 - President's Remarks on Immigration on 11/20/14   (.pdf 673 KB)
The transcript of President Obama’s 11/20/14 remarks to the nation on his plans to use his executive authority to take action on immigration, including providing protection from deportation for parents of U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident children.

11/21/2014 - President's Remarks on Immigration on 11/20/14   (.pdf 675 KB)
The transcript of President Obama’s 11/20/14 remarks to the nation on his plans to use his executive authority to take action on immigration, including providing protection from deportation for parents of U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident children.

11/21/2014 - DHS Memo on Parole for Families of U.S. Armed Forces Members and Enlistees   (.pdf 1164 KB)
A 11/20/14 memo from DHS directing USCIS to issue new policies on use of parole-in-place and deferred action for certain family members of enlistees and the availability of deferred action to undocumented family members of U.S. military members and veterans who were inspected and lawfully admitted.

11/21/2014 - ICE Instructions for Seeking Prosecutorial Discretion under 2014 Executive Action   (.pdf 540 KB)
ICE instructions for individuals seeking prosecutorial discretion (PD) under the 11/20/14 immigration enforcement priorities memo, including info for detained and non-detained individuals with removal orders, individuals in proceedings before EOIR, and reconsideration of prior PD decisions.

11/21/2014 - AILA Notes from SCOPS Teleconference (11/12/14)   (.pdf 986 KB)
AILA notes from a teleconference with SCOPS on 11/12/14. Topics include consular return processing times, attorney change of address, RFE templates, DACA renewal processing times, interim EADs, and I-140s.

11/20/2014 - DHS Directive to Provide Consistency Regarding Advance Parole   (.pdf 593 KB)
An 11/20/14 memo from DHS Secretary Johnson notifying DHS that he has directed the issuance of guidance clarifying that the holding in Matter of Arrabally, that a departure on advance parole is not deemed a "departure" within the meaning of INA §212(a)(9)(B)(i), applies to all cases.

11/20/2014 - DOL Fact Sheet on Expansion of Support for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Crimes   (.pdf 492 KB)
DOL fact sheet stating that in early 2015, the Wage and Hour Division will certify applications for trafficking victims seeking T visas and will expand existing U visa program to certify requests when it detects extortion, forced labor, and fraud in foreign labor contracting.

11/20/2014 - DOL Fact Sheet on the Modernization of PERM Program   (.pdf 491 KB)
DOL fact sheet on DOL’s initiation of a review of the PERM program and relevant regulations including the modernization of recruitment and application requirements, case processing timeframes and the possibility of premium processing, and feasibility for efficiently addressing nonmaterial errors.

11/20/2014 - DHS Memo on Promoting and Increasing Access to U.S. Citizenship   (.pdf 1451 KB)
An 11/20/14 memo from DHS Secretary Johnson directing USCIS to begin accepting credit cards for payment of the naturalization fee, conduct a fee study to explore a partial fee waiver program, and expand citizenship public awareness by launching a campaign targeting major media markets.

11/20/2014 - DOL Fact Sheet on Interagency Working Group on Worker Protection   (.pdf 491 KB)
DOL fact sheet on the establishment of an interagency working group for consistent enforcement of federal labor, employment, and immigration laws, comprised of federal immigration enforcement agencies and federal agencies responsible for worker protections, including DOL, DHS, DOJ, EEOC, and NLRB.

11/20/2014 - DHS Authority to Prioritize and Defer Removal   (.pdf 748 KB)
DOJ Office of Legal Counsel memorandum to DHS and the President concluding that DHS’s proposed prioritization policy and deferred action for parents of USCs and LPRs would be legally permissible, but that a proposed deferred action program for parents of DACA recipients would not be permissible.

11/20/2014 - 2014 Executive Action DHS ICE Officer Pay Reform   (.pdf 1538 KB)
A 11/20/14 memo from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson outlining the details of the Personnel Reform for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers included in the 2014 Executive Action.

11/20/2014 - 2014 Executive Action DHS on Secure Communities   (.pdf 1962 KB)
A 11/20/14 memo from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson outlining the details of the dismantling of the Secure Communities program included in the 2014 Executive Action.

11/20/2014 - DHS Memo on Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion and Deferred Action   (.pdf 733 KB)
DHS memo from Jeh Johnson to USCIS, ICE, and CBP on exercising prosecutorial discretion (PD) with respect to individuals who came to the U.S. as children and to certain individuals whose parents are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This memo supplements and amends the 6/15/12 PD DHS memo.

11/20/2014 - Talking Points on the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions  
AILA Members can use these Talking Points when discussing the President’s plans to fix our broken immigration system through administrative reform with his “Immigration Accountability Executive Actions.”

11/20/2014 - AILA's 8 Points on the President's Immigration Accountability Executive Actions  
A special AILA8 on the President's Immigration Accountability Executive Actions.

11/20/2014 - Anti Notario Administrative Relief PSA  
AILA National encourages its members and the public to share these print Public Service Announcements (PSAs) with their communities to warn against scammers who take advantage of vulnerable immigrants and spread misinformation.

11/20/2014 - The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions   (.pdf 544 KB)
Based on a briefing on 11/20/14 by the White House, the following is a summary of the elements expected to be part of the Administration’s announcement of executive actions on immigration. AILA’s understanding is that details (and memos) are still being finalized at this time.

11/20/2014 - White House Talking Points on 2014 Executive Action   (.pdf 704 KB)
Talking points produced by the White House on 11/20/14 on the President’s 2014 executive action on immigration.

11/20/2014 - BIA on Assessing Recognition for Organization Associated with For-Profit Venture   (.pdf 542 KB)
The BIA held that where an organization is associated with a for-profit venture, the BIA will not approve an application for recognition unless it is confident it will not be influenced by pecuniary interests. Matter of St. Francis Cabrini Immigration Law Center, 26 I&N Dec. 445 (BIA 2014)

11/20/2014 - Your AILA8 for November 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.

11/20/2014 - BIA on Assessing an Organization’s Application for Recognition   (.pdf 552 KB)
The BIA held that when assessing an application for recognition, the BIA makes an individualized determination whether the applicant’s fees qualify as “nominal charges” and whether its fee structure provides competent low-cost legal services. Matter of Ayuda, 26 I&N Dec. 449 (BIA 2014)

11/20/2014 - BIA Says Recognized Organization Need Only Apply for Representative’s Accreditation at One Location   (.pdf 543 KB)
The BIA held a recognized organization need only apply for accreditation at one location, and if approved, that representative may thereafter practice at any branch location of the organization that has been recognized by the BIA. Matter of United Farmworkers Foundation, 26 I&N Dec. 454 (BIA)

11/20/2014 - Chapter Template Press Release on Administrative Reform  
AILA National has developed this template press release that chapters can use as a starting point as they reach out to media and their communities about the impact of administrative reforms announced by President Obama on November 20, 2014.

11/20/2014 - Letter to President Obama from Refugee and Asylee Groups on Family Detention   (.pdf 701 KB)
An 11/20/14 letter from AILA and refugees and asylum organizations to President Obama urging him to address the fundamental problems with the detention and expedited deportation of children and their mothers as he considers taking executive action to reform the immigration system.

11/20/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – November 20, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 20, 2014.

11/20/2014 - AILA: President Obama’s Use of His Legal Authority Can Fix Broken Elements of the Immigration System  
AILA President Leslie Holman welcomed the President’s plans for administrative action, saying “The actions he has taken will indeed offer relief that takes into account the need to boost businesses, keep families together, and alleviate some of the daily tragedies our broken system engenders.”

11/20/2014 - BIA Orders Further Evaluation of Respondent’s Mental Competency  
Unpublished BIA decision grants motion to reopen filed by DHS and orders further assessment of respondent’s mental competency. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Davila, 9/17/14)

11/20/2014 - BIA Administratively Closes Proceedings After Redesignation of Haiti for TPS  
Unpublished BIA decision administratively closes proceedings in light of respondent's potential eligibility for TPS following the redesignation of Haiti. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Frederic, 9/10/14)

11/20/2014 - Practice Alert: New Address for EB-5 RFE Response Submissions  
Practice alert from the EB-5 Liaison Committee based on an e-mail from the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program stating that the EB-5 Program office has moved locations and all EB-5 RFE responses should be submitted to the new address.

11/20/2014 - AILA Resources on Detention (Updated 11/20/14)  
Resources related to detention conditions and policy, including legislation, press statements, and hearings.

11/20/2014 - FY2015 H-2B Cap Count (Updated 11/20/14)  
As of 11/17/14, USCIS receipted 12,658 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-2B cap for the first half of FY2015. This count includes 11,128 approved and 1,530 pending beneficiaries.

11/20/2014 - How Do You Negotiate On An Hourly Fees Case?  
What do you do when a client wants to negotiate your fees? Should you be willing to address their financial concerns? This week’s PST offers suggestions to help negotiate without abandoning your financial goals.

11/20/2014 - USCIS Announces TPS Designations for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone   (.pdf 503 KB)
USCIS press release announcing that due to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, DHS has designated Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. TPS designation is effective 11/21/14 with the registration period beginning 11/21/14 and running through 5/20/15.

11/20/2014 - Article: Immigrants Wait, Hope, Plan for Obama Order  
The Associated Press quotes AILA Second Vice President Annaluisa Padilla and AILA Member Jessica Dominguez discussing how they are both already fielding questions about the President’s executive action and preparing for the expected pushback from some Congressional members.

11/20/2014 - CIS Ombudsman Recap of Fourth Annual Conference   (.pdf 921 KB)
CIS Ombudsman invitation to a 12/3/14 teleconference recap of its Fourth Annual Conference. Teleconference will focus on the afternoon breakout sessions. Teleconference call-in information will be provided upon RSVP.

11/20/2014 - Video: Snapshots from Artesia: November 20, 2014  
Monica Eav and Christopher Elmore, members of the AILA Chicago chapter, look back on their experiences volunteering in Artesia.

11/20/2014 - White House Fact Sheet on 2014 Executive Action   (.pdf 731 KB)
An 11/20/14 White House fact sheet on the President’s 2014 executive action on immigration.

11/20/2014 - 2014 Executive Action DHS Southern Border Plan   (.pdf 1965 KB)
An 11/20/14 memo from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson outlining the details of the Southern Border and Approaches Campaign included in the 2014 Executive Action.

11/20/2014 - 2014 Executive Action DHS Prosecutorial Discretion Memo   (.pdf 3639 KB)
An 11/20/14 memo from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson outlining the details of the prosecutorial discretion directives included in the 2014 Executive Action.

11/20/2014 - 2014 Executive Action White House Pocket Card   (.pdf 483 KB)
A 11/20/14 White House produced a pocket guide for understanding the President’s 2014 executive action on immigration.

11/20/2014 - CA9 Says BIA Erred in Concluding California Spousal Abuse Is a CIMT   (.pdf 532 KB)
The panel held the BIA erred by looking to evidence outside the record of conviction to conclude that petitioner was convicted of spousal abuse under California Penal Code §273.5(a), and also remanded to consider if he was eligible for petty offense exception. (Vargas v. Holder, 11/19/14)

11/20/2014 - DHS Memo on Expansion of the Provisional Waiver Program   (.pdf 592 KB)
An 11/20/14 memo from DHS Secretary Johnson directing USCIS to issue new regulations and policies on the use of the I-601A provisional waiver to all statutorily eligible applicants for whom an IV is immediately available. Also requests additional guidance on the definition of “extreme hardship.”

11/20/2014 - DHS Memo on Policies Supporting U.S. High-Skilled Businesses and Workers   (.pdf 3035 KB)
An 11/20/14 memo from DHS Secretary Johnson on high-skilled businesses and workers including modernization of employment-based IV system, reform OPT for foreign students, promote research and development in the U.S., bring greater consistency to L-1B visa program, and increase worker portability.

11/19/2014 - Your AILA8 for November 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.

11/19/2014 - TRAC Report Finds Immigration Court Filings Rise by 12%  
TRAC report finding that during FY2014, DHS filed 222,956 removal orders in immigration court, up 12.2% from FY2013. Despite the increase, there was a substantial drop in the removals based on allegations of criminal activity. Only 20,217 of the total FY2014 filings were based on a criminal offense.

11/19/2014 - AILA Quicktake #109: Artesia Closing  
Lead attorney for the Artesia Pro Bono Project Christina Brown shares what's happening on the ground in Artesia after ICE’s announcement that the Artesia family detention will be closed as a larger facility in Dilley, Texas, opens.

11/19/2014 - DOS Chart with INA 212(e) Waiver Recommendation Statistics from FY2014   (.pdf 557 KB)
DOS chart with number of favorable and unfavorable INA 212(e) waiver recommendations for FY2014, broken down by waiver type.

11/19/2014 - 2015 AILA & AIC Litigation Institute  
March 6–8, 2015
AILA National Office
Washington, DC

11/19/2014 - AILA Leadership Blog: Who Are We Turning Away?  
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Tammy Lin shares her family’s history as context for the needs of asylum seekers and refugees, as well as concrete solutions that could ameliorate some of the damage our broken immigration system causes for these families.

11/19/2014 - Letter to President Obama on Family Detention and Executive Action   (.pdf 536 KB)
A 11/18/14 letter from AILA and 135 advocacy, legal, service and other organizations to President Obama urging him to address the fundamental problems with the detention and expedited deportation of children and their mothers as he considers taking executive action to reform the immigration system.

11/19/2014 - DOS Statistics on Iraqis and Afghans Special Immigrant Cases Converted Under Section 1244   (.pdf 142 KB)
DOS statistics for FY2008 through FY2014 on Iraqis and Afghans employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government and special immigrant cases converted under Section 1244.

11/19/2014 - DOS Statistics on Iraqi and Afghan Translator Visas   (.pdf 67 KB)
DOS statistics for FY2007 through FY2014 on Iraqi and Afghan translator visa usage under the Special Immigrant Visa program.

11/19/2014 - CA9 Says BIA Can Reopen Removal Proceedings for Opportunity to Pursue Adjustment Application   (.pdf 538 KB)
The court declined to defer to Matter of Yauri and held the BIA has authority to reopen proceedings to an arriving alien who is under a final order of removal in order to afford him/her an opportunity to pursue an adjustment application before USCIS. (Singh v. Holder, 11/13/14)

11/19/2014 - SEVP Policy Guidance for Adjudications on Definition of “Academic Year”   (.pdf 491 KB)
SEVP interim final policy guidance on the definition of an “academic year” which is used by the SEVP when determining F-1 student eligibility for annual vacation, off-campus employment, and practical training. Comments are due by 10/24/14 and may be submitted by emailing SEVPFeedback@ice.dhs.gov.

11/19/2014 - SEVP Response Center and SEVIS Help Desk Merge   (.pdf 20 KB)
ICE announcement that as of 11/3/14, the SEVP Response Center and SEVIS Help Desk merged. Stakeholders can now call one central response center to receive answers to their F, M and J questions, along with technical SEVIS questions.

11/19/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – November 19, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 19, 2014.

11/19/2014 - DOS External E-Mail System Operating (Updated 11/19/14)  
AILA Liaison has been informed by DOS that their external e-mail systems are operating again.

11/18/2014 - Your AILA8 for November 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.

11/18/2014 - AAO Says Beneficiary’s Experience with Petitioner Cannot Qualify Him for Instant Position   (.pdf 1222 KB)
Unpublished AAO decision finding that because beneficiary listed employment with petitioner that is substantially comparable to the position offered, beneficiary’s experience with petitioner cannot qualify him for instant position and he must rely on prior experience. Courtesy of William Siebert.

11/18/2014 - CRS Report on Immigration Inspections at Ports of Entry   (.pdf 922 KB)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the legislative history of immigration inspections requirements and the entry-exit system. Report also identifies a number of issues for Congress related to immigration admissions and enforcement at ports of entry.

11/18/2014 - District Court Complaint Charges Sex and Age Discrimination in ICE Legal Department   (.pdf 741 KB)
Complaint filed in U.S. district court in Arizona by woman plaintiff against DHS Secretary Johnson, seeking damages to redress deprivation of rights secured to plaintiff by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. (Vroom v. Johnson, 11/6/14)

11/18/2014 - CA2 Says Smuggling Bar Applies to Federal Aiding and Abetting Statute   (.pdf 873 KB)
Unpublished decision upholding the BIA’s finding that the smuggling bar under INA §212(a)(6)(E)(i) applies to an aiding and abetting conviction under 8 USC §1325(a)(1) and prevents a showing of good moral character, and also declining to apply categorical approach. Courtesy of Alison Berry.

11/18/2014 - DOL Survey: OFLC Help Desks and Phone Numbers  
AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee would like to hear about your experiences, both negative and positive, on DOL Help Desk e-mail addresses and telephone numbers within the past six months. Please share your experiences by completing our survey today.

11/18/2014 - AILA: Administration’s Shell Game Doesn’t Change the Need to End Inhumane Family Detention  
As ICE announced the imminent closure of the Artesia, NM detention facility and the shift to new facilities in Texas, AILA Executive Director Crystal Williams stated, “All this does is move the shame of detaining children and their mothers to a different state without solving a single problem.”

11/18/2014 - Selected News Clips on Artesia Pro Bono Efforts (Updated 11/18/14)  
Want to see the Artesia Pro Bono Project impact? Check out these selected clips chronicling the work of the volunteers and the plight of the mothers and children detained there, from national outlets to local press. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors – past, present, and future.

11/18/2014 - ICE To Close Artesia, Moves Forward with Opening Dilley   (.pdf 476 KB)
ICE press release announcing that as of 11/7/14, ICE ceased intake of individuals at the Artesia detention center and has begun the draw-down process to cease operations at Artesia by the end of 2014. ICE plans to open a new family detention center in Dilley, Texas in December 2014.

11/18/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – November 18, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 18, 2014.

11/18/2014 - BIA Reopens Proceedings after Equitably Tolling Filing Deadline  
Unpublished BIA decision finds respondent showed sufficient diligence to warrant equitable tolling of deadline to file motion to reopen, and reopens proceedings because prior attorney provided ineffective assistance of counsel. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Zambrano, 9/5/14)

11/18/2014 - AILA Quicktake #108: Administrative Action Outlook  
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen discusses possible actions President Obama will take, what the timing might be and AILA's plans post-announcement.

11/18/2014 - Did You Miss the AILA Seminar on Nurses and Allied Healthcare Workers?  
Did you miss the recent AILA audio seminar on filing petitions for nurses and allied healthcare workers? Learn about the complex interplay of immigration law and the standards of the medical profession. You can purchase the downloadable recording and listen anytime, anywhere.

11/18/2014 - Practice Pointer: Responding to Boilerplate I-601A Requests for Evidence  
Practice pointer alerting that members have reported boilerplate RFEs issued in response to provisional waiver applications, and offering tips for how to thoroughly and meaningfully respond to these RFEs.

11/18/2014 - AILA Comments on EOIR Proposed Rule on Separate Representation for Custody and Bond Proceedings   (.pdf 782 KB)
AILA’s comments in response to EOIR’s proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on 9/17/14, to allow a representative before EOIR to enter an appearance in custody and bond proceedings, without such appearance constituting an entry for all of the respondent’s proceedings.

11/18/2014 - FY2014 USCIS Asylum Division Credible and Reasonable Fear Interview Statistics   (.pdf 642 KB)
USCIS Asylum Division statistics on credible and reasonable fear interviews conducted in Artesia, Karnes, and nationwide from July 2014 through October 2014. The report also includes processing times and statistics on requests for consideration.

11/18/2014 - AILA Leadership Blog: National Inaction Leads to Local Legislation  
In this post, AILA New York City Chapter Chair Neena Dutta highlights two bills signed into law by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio which will “significantly restrict the city's cooperation with inappropriately broad federal immigration enforcement practices.”

11/18/2014 - South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) (Updated 11/18/14)  
The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) is a joint project of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and AILA to provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas. Read on to learn more and how you can help.

11/18/2014 - Practice Pointer: Raising DACA Cases Denied Because of Administrative Error  
NSC Liaison Committee practice pointer on how to raise DACA cases that are denied because of administrative error.

11/18/2014 - CRS Report on Immigration Legislation on the 113th Congress (Updated 11/18/14)   (.pdf 877 KB)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the immigration-related issues that received legislative action or significant congressional interest in the first session of the 113th Congress.

11/18/2014 - CRS Report on Legal Authority for Executive Discretion in Immigration   (.pdf 862 KB)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report with a legal overview of the president’s authority for executive discretion over immigration matters. Report includes statutory authority for granting benefits or relief, discretion in enforcement, and discretion in interpreting and applying statutes.

11/18/2014 - USCIS Fact Sheet on Naturalization   (.pdf 560 KB)
USCIS issued a fact sheet on 11/10/14 on naturalization. Fact sheet includes information about the naturalization process and statistics from FY2001 through FY2014.

11/18/2014 - USCIS Fact Sheet on Naturalization Through Military Service   (.pdf 578 KB)
USCIS issued a fact sheet on 11/10/14 on naturalization through military service. Fact sheet includes qualifications, how to apply, and statistics from FY2002 through FY2014.

11/17/2014 - BIA Finds that Conspiracy to Traffic in Contraband Cigarettes Is Not a CIMT   (.pdf 715 KB)
Unpublished BIA decision remanding, finding that the respondent’s conviction for conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes, under 18 USC §§371 and 2342(a) is not a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT), and IJ erred in denying cancellation. Courtesy of Kristine E. Michel.

11/17/2014 - Your AILA8 for November 17, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

11/17/2014 - Major Management and Performance Challenges Facing DHS   (.pdf 4664 KB)
DHS Office of the Inspector General report citing the major management and performance challenges facing DHS, including challenges faced by USCIS’s Office of Information Technology, border security and enforcement obstacles, and more.

11/17/2014 - BIA Grants Motion to Reopen Due to Changed Conditions in Ukraine   (.pdf 529 KB)
Unpublished BIA decision granting the Motion to Reopen due to changed country conditions in Ukraine, and remanded for the respondent to present evidence in support of his application for asylum, withholding, and protection under CAT. Courtesy of Mark J. Devine.

11/17/2014 - BIA Orders Further Consideration of Motion to Reopen Despite Respondent’s Removal  
Unpublished BIA decision remands record and orders further consideration of motion to reopen in absentia order despite removal of respondent while case was on appeal. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of de Souza, 9/2/14)

11/17/2014 - Did You Miss the AILA Seminar on Conditional Resident Status?  
Did you miss the recent AILA audio seminar on solutions and strategies for removing the conditions on permanent residence? Seminar discusses how to successfully navigating the removal of conditions, whether jointly filed or filed as a waiver. Purchase the downloadable recording and listen anytime.

11/17/2014 - AILA, NIJC, and Others File CRCL Complaint Reporting Serious Flaws in CBP Fear Screening   (.pdf 1131 KB)
Complaint filed with the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) by NIJC, AILA, and others reporting that CBP officers regularly fail to properly screen individuals to determine whether they have a fear of returning to their home country.

11/17/2014 - NIJC Infographic Showing How Erroneous Expedited Removals Derail Future Asylum Claims  
Infographic created by NIJC to illustrate how CBP officers’ failure to properly screen individuals to determine whether they have a fear of returning to their home countries can lead to erroneous expedited removals and derail future asylum claims.

11/17/2014 - AILA and ASISTA Comments on Form I-918 and Supplements A and B of Form I–918   (.pdf 759 KB)
AILA and ASISTA comments in response to USCIS’s proposed changes to Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, and Supplements A and B of Form I–918.

11/17/2014 - House Democrats Letter to the President on Executive Action   (.pdf 2706 KB)
A 11/13/14 letter from 117 House Democrats to President Obama calling on him to take “bold and meaningful executive action” on immigration.

11/17/2014 - CA3 Upholds BIA Finding that Stop-Time Rule Was Not Impermissibly Retroactive   (.pdf 723 KB)
The court affirmed the BIA’s ruling that the stop-time rule was not impermissibly retroactive as applied to the 1995 controlled substance offense, as the stop-time rule did not pose a “new disability” under Landgraff on the past conduct. (Guzman v. Att'y Gen., 11/3/14)

11/17/2014 - Senate Democrats Letter to the President on Executive Action   (.pdf 553 KB)
A 11/17/14 letter from Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to President Obama supporting his decision to use his well-established executive authority to fix our broken immigration system.

11/17/2014 - Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim (11/13/14)  
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.

11/17/2014 - CA9 Says Arizona Felony Endangerment Is a CIMT   (.pdf 536 KB)
The court upheld the BIA’s finding that Arizona Revised Statute §13-1201 is a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) and creation of a substantial, actual risk of imminent death is sufficiently reprehensible to establish a CIMT, although no actual harm need occur. (Leal v. Holder, 11/6/14)

11/17/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – November 17, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 17, 2014.

11/17/2014 - SEVP Deploys New Class of Field Representatives   (.pdf 881 KB)
As of 11/17/14, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) deployed 14 additional field representatives across the U.S., who will serve as liaisons between the nearly 9,000 U.S. schools that enroll international students and SEVP. SEVP now has 28 field representatives based in 21 states.

11/17/2014 - AILA Comments on USCIS Proposed Changes to Form I-829   (.pdf 567 KB)
AILA’s comments in response to USCIS’s proposed changes to Form I-829, Petition by Alien Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status.

11/17/2014 - AAO Processing Time Report (11/1/14)   (.pdf 555 KB)
AAO Processing Times as of November 1, 2014. All forms remain current.

11/14/2014 - ICE Officer Contact Information for Colorado and Wyoming   (.pdf 483 KB)
List of contact information for ICE officers and supervisors for the following locations: Denver Field Office; Aurora Contract Detention Facility; Florence, CO; Grand Junction, CO; Durango, CO; Cheyenne, WY, as well as contact information for Fugitive Operations and bond contacts.

11/14/2014 - Your AILA8 for November 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.

11/14/2014 - VSC Meeting Notes and Practice Pointers on VAWA, U, and T Filings (10/24/14)   (.pdf 724 KB)
Meeting notes and practice pointers compiled by the AILA VAWA Committee and ASISTA from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) stakeholder event held at VSC on October 24, 2014. Includes information on customer service and processing issues, the hotline, RFEs, the U visa waitlist, I-765s, and VAWA cases.

11/14/2014 - SEVIS by the Numbers General Summary Quarterly Review for October 2014   (.pdf 3897 KB)
ICE SEVP Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) general summary quarterly review for October 2014, showing 1.11 million students on F and M visas studying in the U.S, marking a nine percent increase when compared to October 2013, and including a special section on students from India.

11/14/2014 - FY2014 CBP Statistics on Family Unit and Unaccompanied Children Apprehensions   (.pdf 634 KB)
CBP statistics on family unit and unaccompanied children apprehensions from October 2013 through September 30, 2014, compared to the same time period for FY2013. Also included are statistics of unaccompanied children encountered by nationality from FY2009 through September 30, 2014.

11/14/2014 - Immigration Practice News, Fall 2014  
Should attorneys negotiate their fees? What benefits and creative compensation packages can you offer to retain top talent? Can web conferencing work for your practice? Find the answers to these and more in this edition of IPN.

11/14/2014 - DOS Organizational Directory Telephone List (Updated 11/14/14)   (.pdf 796 KB)
Unclassified Organizational Telephone Directory of the Department of State current as of 11/14/14.

11/14/2014 - DOS Telephone List of Key Officers (Updated 11/14/14)   (.pdf 806 KB)
Unclassified list of key Department of State officers current as of 11/12/14.

11/14/2014 - 2014 Visa Reciprocity Changes (Updated 11/14/14)  
DOS updates the visa reciprocity tables, including updated information for China.

11/14/2014 - AILA Leadership Blog: Administrative Reform Wish List, Part 3  
The special series of AILA Leadership blog posts on administrative action continues with this post by AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Matt Maiona, which highlights the lengthy delays that could be resolved by counting the principal immigrant and his or her derivatives as a single family unit.

11/14/2014 - GAO Report on Alternatives to Detention   (.pdf 2984 KB)
GAO report on ICE’s Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, which increased its enrollment from 32,065 in FY2011 to 40,864 in FY2013. This report addresses trends in ATD program participation and oversight to help ensure cost-effective program implementation. Report also provides recommendations.

11/14/2014 - BIA Says Change of Address Form Not Required if NTA Not Properly Served  
Unpublished BIA decision rescinds in absentia order because NTA was not sent to respondent’s most recent address, finding that change of address obligations do not apply until after respondent can be charged with receiving the NTA. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Frazi, 8/29/14)

11/14/2014 - BIA Holds Pennsylvania Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver Not an Aggravated Felony  
Unpublished BIA decision holds that possession with intent to deliver marijuana under 35 Pa. Stat. Ann 780-113(a)(30) is not an aggravated felony because it could apply to the distribution of a small amount of marijuana for no remuneration. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Thaxter, 5/2/14)

11/14/2014 - Did You Miss the AILA Web Seminar on the Unknowns of PERM?  
Did you miss the recent AILA web seminar on the many unknowns about PERM? This seminar explores the issues that have not been addressed or resolved by DOL in the PERM process. You can purchase the downloadable recording and listen anytime that is convenient.

11/14/2014 - DOS Request for Comments on Affidavit of Relationship for Minors from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala  
DOS notice of request for emergency OMB approval and public comments on the Affidavit of Relationship for Minors from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala (DS-7699). Comments are due within 10 days of publication of notice. (79 FR 68343, 11/14/14)

11/14/2014 - CA9 Says Arizona Identity Fraud Offense Is a CIMT Under Modified Categorical Approach   (.pdf 506 KB)
The court held that a conviction under Arizona Revised Statutes §13-2008(A) is not a categorical crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT), but under the modified categorical approach, stealing a real person’s identity to obtain employment is a CIMT. (Ibarra-Hernandez v. Holder, 11/5/14)

11/14/2014 - DOS Fact Sheet on In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Minors in Central America   (.pdf 622 KB)
DOS fact sheet that starting in December 2014, a parent who is lawfully present in the U.S. will be able to request a refugee resettlement interview for unmarried children under 21 in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras. Denied applicants will be considered for parole on a case-by-case basis.

11/14/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – November 14, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 14, 2014.

11/14/2014 - AILA DOS Liaison Q&As with the NVC (11/4/14)   (.pdf 988 KB)
Unofficial notes from the 11/4/14 National Visa Center (NVC) meeting. Topics include: staffing and statistics, processing times, erroneous termination of immigrant visa applications, Affidavits of Support, communication, visa processing for same-sex fiancé(e)s, and visa retrogression issues.

11/13/2014 - Your AILA8 for November 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.

11/13/2014 - CBP Statistics on Family Unit and Unaccompanied Children Apprehensions   (.pdf 469 KB)
CBP statistics on family unit and unaccompanied alien children apprehensions from October 2013 through August 31, 2014, compared to the same time period for FY2013.

11/13/2014 - CBP Statistics on Unaccompanied Children Apprehensions by Month FY2010-FY2013   (.pdf 479 KB)
CBP monthly statistics on unaccompanied children apprehensions by sector and border area, showing a total of 18,622 apprehensions in FY2010, 16,067 in FY2011, 24,481 in FY2012, and 38,833 in FY2013.

11/13/2014 - Free This Month on Agora  
AILA free items for November are now available. Read a practice advisory that helps employers identify concerns when considering whether to enroll in E-Verify. Also, download a session from a recent Annual Conference on marketing techniques to grow your practice. Check them out today!

11/13/2014 - U.S. Embassy in Kingston Restricts TCN Visa Applications   (.pdf 530 KB)
DOS announcement that the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica is no longer accepting interview applications from third country nationals (TCN) for many visa categories and cases.

11/13/2014 - DOD Fact Sheet on MAVNI Program Eligibility   (.pdf 906 KB)
A November 2014 DOD fact sheet on Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program eligibility, including individuals granted DACA.

11/13/2014 - Bring Back the “Smoke Break” in Your Firm  
Are we really advocating more smoking in law firms? Read this week’s practice success tip to find out!

11/13/2014 - VOICE: November 2014  
In the November 2014 VOICE, learn about the ethics of competent client representation, the tremendous value of an AILALink subscription, one lawyer’s contentment after switching to appellate practice, and more!

11/13/2014 - CA9 Says IJ Erred in Denying Continuance to Submit Additional Arrest Documents   (.pdf 565 KB)
The court held the IJ abused her discretion in denying a continuance to submit into evidence additional arrest documents to prove past persecution since the reasoning was based on legal error and was inconsistent with factors set forth in Peng v. Holder. (Owino v. Holder, 11/4/14)

11/13/2014 - AILA Quicktake #107: DACA Delays and Renewals  
AILA member and Chair of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee Maurice Goldman shares information on the DACA renewal process, potential difficulties with delays, and helpful resources for AILA members.

11/13/2014 - Article: What Will Obama Do on Immigration?  
PBS Frontline’s Sarah Childress recently interviewed AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen about what impact immigration reforms the President could take, such as expanded deferred action or enforcement reforms, might have.

11/13/2014 - AILA Comments on USCIS Proposed Changes to Form I-612   (.pdf 750 KB)
AILA’s comments in response to USCIS’s proposed changes to Form I-612, Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement of Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

11/13/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – November 13, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 13, 2014.

11/13/2014 - NVC No Longer Collecting Original Civil Documents in Support of Immigrant Visas   (.pdf 459 KB)
DOS cable stating that on 11/12/14, the NVC will cease collecting original civil documents in support of IV applications at non-electronic processing posts. Designated electronic posts will continue to accept documents via e-mail. Original documents will need to be brought to interviews.

11/13/2014 - CA9 Overturns Almanza-Arenas, Says Young Has Been Abrogated In Part by Moncrieffe (Updated 11/13/14)   (.pdf 549 KB)
The court overturned a BIA published decision, holding that because the record was inconclusive as to whether petitioner was convicted of temporarily or permanently taking a vehicle, the BIA erred in applying the modified categorical approach. (Almanza-Arenas v. Holder, 11/10/14)

11/12/2014 - Your AILA8 for November 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.

11/12/2014 - New York City Chapter: USCIS NY District Director Meeting Minutes (10/1/14)   (.pdf 3278 KB)
New York City Chapter’s USCIS NY District Director minutes from 10/1/14 meeting. Topics include: updated organizational charts, leadership contact information, zip codes for District 3 field offices, rescheduling requests, I-130s, naturalization, InfoPass appointments, and stop and drop initiative.

11/12/2014 - Chicago Chapter – USCIS Chicago Field Office Minutes (10/30/14)   (.pdf 2525 KB)
Minutes from a 10/30/14 AILA Chicago Chapter meeeting with the Chicago Field Office. Topics include: same-day deliveries to the Chicago Lockbox, Lockbox filing tips, I-551 stamps, transfer of approved I-130s to the NVC for consular processing, and requesting biometrics for pending removal cases.

11/12/2014 - Call for Examples: EAD Adjudication Delays  
AILA and the American Immigration Council have received reports of EAD applications pending beyond the regulatory 90-day processing period and are exploring potential strategies to address the delays. To assess the problem, we are collecting examples of non-DACA-based cases still pending.

11/12/2014 - GMS International Lawyers List (Updated 11/12/14)   (.pdf 589 KB)
GMS Members have access to a list of licensed and qualified immigration law practitioners for jurisdictions other than the United States.

11/12/2014 - TRAC Report Finds Immigration Detainers Decline 39% Since FY2012  
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report finding from the end of FY2012 through March 2014, there was a 39% decrease in the number of ICE detainers sent to local, state, and federal law enforcement officials. This decline translates into around 9,000 fewer ICE detainers per month.

11/12/2014 - DOS Cable on Revised Reciprocity Fee Schedule for China   (.pdf 459 KB)
DOS cable, effective immediately, with a revised reciprocity schedule for Chinese nationals, for the B-1, B-2, B-1/B-2, F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1, and M-2 nonimmigrant visa categories. All other visa validities for nationals of China will remain unchanged.

11/12/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – November 12, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 12, 2014.

11/12/2014 - AILA Leadership Blog: Administrative Reform Wish List, Part 2  
In this second post in a series on AILA’s Leadership Blog, Ally Bolour, a member of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, suggests President Obama expand parole in place to include all immediate family of U.S. citizens.

11/12/2014 - EB-5 Processing Time Report (11/10/14)   (.pdf 548 KB)
EB-5 Processing Time Report released on 11/10/14 with processing dates as of 9/30/14.

11/12/2014 - National Benefits Center Processing Time Report (11/10/14)   (.pdf 557 KB)
NBC Processing Time Report released on 11/10/14 with processing dates as of 9/30/14.

11/12/2014 - Vermont Service Center Processing Time Report (11/10/14)   (.pdf 609 KB)
VSC Processing Time Report released on 11/10/14 with processing dates as of 9/30/14.

11/12/2014 - Texas Service Center Processing Time Report (11/10/14)   (.pdf 594 KB)
TSC Processing Time Report released on 11/10/14 with processing dates as of 9/30/14.

11/12/2014 - Nebraska Service Center Processing Time Report (11/10/14)   (.pdf 593 KB)
NSC Processing Time Report released on 11/10/14 with processing dates as of 9/30/14.

11/12/2014 - California Service Center Processing Time Report (11/10/14)   (.pdf 613 KB)
CSC Processing Time Report released on 11/10/14 with processing dates as of 9/30/14.

11/12/2014 - Form I-90 Available for Filing in USCIS ELIS Between 11/12/14 and 11/15/14   (.pdf 553 KB)
USCIS alert that it will make Form I-90 temporarily available for filing through USCIS ELIS for a 72-hour limited introduction between 11/12/14 and 11/15/14. Any Forms I-90s submitted through USCIS ELIS will be adjudicated. Form I-90 will be fully implemented into USCIS ELIS in early 2015.

11/12/2014 - USCIS Reports Service Interruptions with Customer Service Tools (Updated 11/12/14)  
USCIS alert that some customer service tools are experiencing intermittent service interruptions and may be unavailable.

11/10/2014 - Your AILA8 for November 10, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

11/10/2014 - Letter to President Obama on Guidance Regarding Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement   (.pdf 598 KB)
On 10/31/14, AILA joined The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other organizations renewing the request for strengthened revisions to the DOJ’s 2003 guidance regarding the use of race by federal law enforcement agencies.

11/10/2014 - DOJ OIG Report on Investigation of Improper Hiring Practices by Senior Officials in EOIR   (.pdf 1589 KB)
DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG) report uncovering violations in law and lapses in judgment between 2007 and 2010 by several senior EOIR judges and other officials in connection with the appointment of their own relatives to Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) positions in EOIR.

11/10/2014 - USCIS Invitation to Policy Update on Assisted Reproductive Technology   (.pdf 759 KB)
USCIS invitation to a stakeholder listening session on 11/18/14 to discuss a policy update clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the INA to include gestational legal mothers using assisted reproductive technology regardless of whether they are the genetic mothers.

11/10/2014 - CA2 Says Persecutor Bar Prevents Chinese Petitioner from Seeking Asylum   (.pdf 605 KB)
The court found the record evidence sufficient to support a finding that petitioner assisted in persecution and was ineligible for asylum, since for two decades she reported women with unauthorized pregnancies, knowing they would be subjected to forced abortions. (Meng v. Holder, 11/3/14)

11/10/2014 - CA9 Says Arizona Fraud Conviction Involving Employment Application Is a CIMT   (.pdf 514 KB)
The court held that the petitioner’s conviction under Arizona Revised Statutes §13-2002 constituted a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) since the statute criminalized conduct that constituted fraud, and Beltran-Tirado was inapplicable. (Espino-Castillo v. Holder, 10/29/14)

11/10/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – November 10, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 10, 2014.

11/10/2014 - Call for Examples: Section K PERM Denials (Updated 11/10/14)  
AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee is collecting examples of denied PERM applications that were filed before the Section K FAQ, are pending either a timely filed motion for reconsideration or BALCA appeal, and were denied solely for failure to list a qualification in Section K not related to experience.

11/10/2014 - Administrative Reform PSA  
As President Obama gears up for promised administrative action before the end of 2014, AILA offers a new print PSA in various sizes available for free download and wide use; related blog posts on the AILA Leadership Blog will emphasize reforms AILA recommends to fix our broken immigration system.

11/10/2014 - DOS FAQs on U.S. and China Extension of Visas for Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students   (.pdf 648 KB)
DOS FAQs, included in an 11/10/14 alert, that starting on 11/12/14, the U.S. and China will begin extending visas for short-term business travelers, tourists, and students issued to each other’s citizens. FAQs include information on application fees, processing times, and more.

11/10/2014 - U.S. and China to Extend Visas for Short-Term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students   (.pdf 636 KB)
DOS announcement that starting on 11/12/14, the U.S. and China will reciprocally increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas and student and exchange visas issued to each other’s citizens.

11/10/2014 - USCIS Requests Comments on Form N-565  
USCIS 60-day notice of request for comments on proposed revisions to the Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document (Form N-565). Comments are due by 12/29/14. (79 FR 64612, 10/30/14)

11/10/2014 - DOS Request for Comments on Extension of DS-157 for SIV Afghan and Iraqi Foreign Nationals  
DOS notice of request for comments on the reinstatement of the DS-157 in order for it to continue to be used by Iraqi and Afghan special immigrant visa (SIV) applicants to obtain Chief of Mission Approval for duration of the SIV program. Comments are due by 1/9/15. (79 FR 66762, 11/10/14)

11/10/2014 - USCIS Requests Comments on Forms I-508 and I-508F  
USCIS 60-day notice of request for comments on proposed revisions to Waiver of Rights, Privileges, Exemptions and Immunities (Forms I-508 and I-508F). Comments are due by 1/5/14. (79 FR 65979, 11/6/14)

11/10/2014 - AILA Leadership Blog: Administrative Reform Wish List, Part 1  
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Maurice Goldman kicks off a series of blog posts on administrative reform by recommending the expansion of Deferred Action as well as some changes to waiver policy, including a more generous interpretation of “extreme hardship.”

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