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Recent Postings

  • 1/27/2015 AILA Quicktake #115: Update on Border Bill, DHS Funding, and Attorney General Confirmation
    AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen provides an update on what's happening on the Hill, including an update on the House border bill vote, the Senate DHS appropriations bill and the upcoming Attorney General confirmation hearing.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012748.
  • 1/27/2015 Your AILA8 for January 27, 2015
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012747.
  • 1/27/2015 USCIS Alert: Final Rule on Notices Evidencing Lawful Status Effective 1/27/15 (.pdf 538 KB) USCIS alert that the final rule, Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status, published on 10/29/14, is effective as of 1/27/15. An updated Form G-28 is currently under review by OMB. Until a new G-28 is posted to USCIS’s website, continue to use Form G-28 with edition date 2/28/13.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012746.
  • 1/27/2015 HHS Notice of Reorganization of ORR
    HHS notice that the Administration for Children and Families has reorganized the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Notice announces the realignment and includes a statement of organization, functions, and delegations of authority. (80 FR 3614, 1/23/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012745.
  • 1/27/2015 S. 181 – The Startup Act
    On 1/16/15, Senator Moran (R-Kan.) and Warner (D-VA) introduced the fourth version of their Startup Act.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012744.
  • 1/27/2015 AILA InfoNet Offline Wednesday Night
    The AILA InfoNet website and Message Center will be offline starting at 9pm (ET) on Wednesday, January 29th. During this time, AILA will be rolling out the code for its new website. It is expected to take several hours. Users should start seeing the new website beginning Thursday morning.
  • 1/27/2015 AILA Resources on Detention (Updated 1/27/15)
    Resources related to detention conditions and policy, including legislation, press statements, and hearings.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011164.
  • 1/27/2015 Jobs @ AILA
    This is a current listing of the employment opportunities available at the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
    AILA Doc. No. 08040962.
  • 1/27/2015 EOIR Immigration Court Closings for 2015 (Updated 1/27/15)
    EOIR alert that the Boston, Hartford, Newark, Elizabeth, New York, Varick, Fishkill, and Ulster Immigration Courts are closed on January 27, 2015 due to inclement weather. The York, Arlington, and Baltimore Immigration Courts will open at 10am on January 27, 2015 due to the inclement weather.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010743.
  • 1/27/2015 USCIS Office Closings for 2015 (Updated 1/27/15)
    USCIS list of field offices, application support centers, and asylum offices that are closed on January 27, 2015 due to a winter storm.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010846.
  • 1/27/2015 AILA Leadership Blog: Ending Artesia
    Stephen Manning, Member of the AILA Board of Governors and Artesia Volunteer, shares his thoughts on the end of the Artesia detention center, the impact of the pro bono project that helped so many kids and moms, and links to his interactive report on the project from start to finish.
  • 1/27/2015 CA8 Says Form I-9 Is Admissible as Evidence in Removal Proceedings (.pdf 506 KB) The court found that an I-9 form can serve as evidence of a false claim of U.S. citizenship in a removal proceeding and the record supported the BIA’s finding that petitioner failed to meet his burden of showing he did not make a false claim of U.S. citizenship. (Mayemba v. Holder, 1/13/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012743.
  • 1/27/2015 AIM: Drivers' Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants in California
    For January’s Interview of the Month, AILA member and San Diego Chapter DMV committee liaison Shannon Barnes joins to discuss the recent law that went into effect in California, which grants drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants living in the state.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012742.
  • 1/27/2015 USCIS Additional Comment Request Period on Forms I-508 and I-508F
    USCIS 30-day notice of an additional comment request period on the proposed revisions to Waiver of Rights, Privileges, Exemptions and Immunities (Forms I-508 and I-508F). Comments are now due by 2/23/15. (80 FR 3245, 1/22/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012741.
  • 1/27/2015 TRAC Report Finds Immigration Court Processing Times Fall for Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador
    TRAC report finding average processing times for individuals from El Salvador dropped from an average of 403 days in FY2014 to 291 days in the first quarter of FY2015. Average processing times for Guatemalans fell from 422 days to 349 days, and 275 days to 200 days for those from Honduras.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012740.
  • 1/27/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 27, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 27, 2015.
  • 1/27/2015 Immigration Politics 2014/2015
    AILA Advocacy Department's daily immigration reform update.
    AILA Doc. No. 12120666.
  • 1/26/2015 Your AILA8 for January 26, 2015
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012644.
  • 1/26/2015 H.R. 399: Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015
    On 1/16/15, Representative McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced H.R. 399, the Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012643.
  • 1/26/2015 CA4 Says MD First-Degree Arson Is an Aggravated Felony (.pdf 485 KB) The court held a Maryland first-degree arson conviction qualified as an aggravated felony under INA §101(a)(43)(E), despite the absence of the federal jurisdictional element requiring that the destroyed property be used in interstate or foreign commerce. (Espinal-Andrades v. Holder, 1/22/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012640.
  • 1/26/2015 Practice Alert: Attorneys Will Not Receive Approval Notices for Advance Parole Documents
    The Nebraska Service Center (NSC) has advised the AILA NSC Liaison Committee that attorneys will not receive a copy of the approval notice for advance parole documents or I-131/I-765 combo cards.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012642.
  • 1/26/2015 USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (.pdf 774 KB) USCIS Invitation to a 1/29/15 teleconference designed for representatives from state benefit granting agencies and state refugee coordinators to discuss implementation of the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRP) and its impact on state benefit-granting agencies.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012641.
  • 1/26/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 26, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 26, 2015.
  • 1/26/2015 AILA Resources on Administrative Reform 2014 (Updated 1/26/15)
    A compilation of resources on President Obama’s 2014 Executive Action, including AILA statements and analysis, government documents and outside organization resources.
    AILA Doc. No. 14032850.
  • 1/26/2015 Family Detention- Asylum Grant Examples (Updated 1/26/15) (.pdf 587 KB) Compilation of case examples of mothers and children at the Artesia family detention center who have been granted asylum.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102446.
  • 1/26/2015 DOL Statistics on PERM Program from First Quarter of FY2015 (.pdf 516 KB) DOL’s OFLC statistics on the PERM program as of 12/31/14, 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. 15012660.
  • 1/26/2015 USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Integrating Immigrants into Local Communities (.pdf 821 KB) USCIS invitation to a 1/29/15 listening session to discuss the role and scope of the Task Force on New Americans and ways in which federal programs can increase meaningful engagement between new Americans and the receiving community.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012665.
  • 1/26/2015 DOL Statistics on H-2Bs from First Quarter of FY2015 (.pdf 581 KB) DOL’s OFLC statistics on H-2Bs as of 12/31/14, including number of applications received, top occupations, states, and employers, as well as the status of applications processed.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012664.
  • 1/26/2015 DOL Statistics on H-2As from First Quarter of FY2015 (.pdf 573 KB) DOL’s OFLC statistics on H-2As as of 12/31/14, including number of applications received, top states, and employers, as well as the status of applications processed.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012663.
  • 1/26/2015 DOL Statistics on H-1Bs from First Quarter of FY2015 (.pdf 581 KB) DOL’s OFLC statistics on H-1Bs as of 12/31/14, 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. 15012662.
  • 1/26/2015 DOL Statistics on PWDs from First Quarter of FY2015 (.pdf 542 KB) DOL’s OFLC statistics from the National Prevailing Wage Center on prevailing wage determinations (PWD) as of 12/31/14, 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. 15012661.
  • 1/23/2015 Your AILA8 for January 23, 2015
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012343.
  • 1/23/2015 AILA Leadership Blog: Claiming Victory at What Price?
    Christina Brown describes the plight of indigenous language speakers – kids and moms – incarcerated at the family detention center in Dilley, Texas who "cannot communicate with immigration judges or asylum officers, and many are pushed through the process with no opportunity to tell their story."
  • 1/23/2015 2015 AILA Spring Conference
    April 17, 2015
    The Washington Court Hotel
    Washington, DC
  • 1/23/2015 2015 AILA Midwest Regional Conference (.pdf 127 KB) March 9, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    This event is being presented by AILA’s Chicago Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 1/23/2015 AILA 2015 Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference
    March 19-20, 2015
    Seattle University School of Law
    Seattle, WA
    This event is being presented by AILA’s Washington State Chapter and co-sponsored by AILA’s Oregon Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 1/23/2015 Get Ready for Improved Research on the New AILA.org
    AILA's new website has even better search functionality through the InfoNet Research Library, which is full of new and improved tools to help you find and keep track of your research. Search by topics, sort by document and create notes and bookmarks to save documents in your own folder system.
  • 1/23/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 23, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 23, 2015.
  • 1/23/2015 DOS Organizational Directory Telephone List (Updated 1/23/15) (.pdf 796 KB) Unclassified Organizational Telephone Directory of the Department of State current as of 1/23/15.
    AILA Doc. No. 11091467.
  • 1/23/2015 DOS Telephone List of Key Officers (Updated 1/23/15) (.pdf 897 KB) Unclassified list of key Department of State officers, current as of 1/20/15.
    AILA Doc. No. 07122063.
  • 1/23/2015 District Court Upholds One-Year H-1B Validity Period
    While recognizing USCIS must apply preponderance of the evidence standard, court concluded beneficiary’s work was project-dependent and the record supported USCIS one-year limit for H-1B petition (Valorem Consulting Group, LLC v. USCIS, 1/15/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012341.
  • 1/23/2015 HHS Notice on Annual Update of 2015 Poverty Guidelines
    Health and Human Services (HHS) notice providing an update of the HHS 2015 poverty guidelines to account for last calendar year’s increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index, effective January 22, 2015. (80 FR 3236, 1/22/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012340.
  • 1/23/2015 Letter to Secretary Perez on Modernizing and Enhancing the PERM Labor Certification Program (.pdf 605 KB) Letter to Secretary Perez in response to DOL’s announcement that it would undertake a comprehensive examination of the permanent labor certification process and regulatory requirements in an effort to modernize the program and make it more responsive to changes in the national workforce.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012342.
  • 1/22/2015 AILA Anniversaries
    The following members are enjoying significant AILA Anniversaries. Help us recognize members who joined in January 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years ago.
    AILA Doc. No. 09081281.
  • 1/22/2015 Questions Sought for 2/12/15 NSC Stakeholder Conference on Refugee/Asylee Issues
    AILA's Nebraska Service Center (NSC) Liaison Committee requests agenda items from all AILA members to present to NSC at a teleconference on refugee and asylee issues. Please send non-case specific items by end of business on 1/29/15.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012245.
  • 1/22/2015 CA8 Holds Substantial Evidence Supports IJ’s Adverse Credibility Determination (.pdf 518 KB) The court denied the petition to review the asylum, withholding, and CAT denials, finding that the Somali petitioner’s inconsistent testimony and lack of corroborating evidence provided substantial evidence to support the IJ’s adverse credibility determination. (Ali v. Holder, 1/8/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012244.
  • 1/22/2015 Amicus Brief Filed by Former Consular Officers Arguing for Judicial Review of Consular Decisions (.pdf 587 KB) Amicus brief filed by former consular officers in Kerry v. Din arguing that judicial review should be available for visa adjudications denied on grounds extending beyond consular discretion, with appropriate restrictions to prevent release of classified information.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012243.
  • 1/22/2015 DOS Comment Request on DS-230
    DOS notice of request for public comment on the Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (DS-230). Comments are due by 3/23/15. (80 FR 2771, 1/20/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012241.
  • 1/22/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 22, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 22, 2015.
  • 1/22/2015 Three Questions to Consider When Advising and Representing Clients Who May Benefit from Executive Action
    What responsibilities do you have when communicating information? What should be considered when setting a fee? What ethical considerations can stem from employing non-lawyer staff? Learn your ethical obligations in this week’s PST.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012240.
  • 1/21/2015 Your AILA8 for January 21, 2015
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012151.
  • 1/21/2015 AILA Amicus Brief Argues for Judicial Review of Consular Decisions (.pdf 645 KB) AILA amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court arguing that consular decisions, like other agency decisions, should be reviewed for legal, procedural, and factual error.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012150.
  • 1/21/2015 Call for Examples: National Visa Center Issues (Updated 1/21/15)
    On 11/4/14, AILA members and members of the AILA DOS Liaison Committee attended a meeting at the NVC to discuss ongoing issues of concern regarding NVC processing. If you have experienced problems with the NVC since 11/4/14, please send us your case examples by February 13, 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 14062646.
  • 1/21/2015 AILA Amicus Brief Argues BIA Does Not Have Authority to Disregard Regulation (.pdf 4793 KB) AILA amicus brief arguing that the BIA does not have the authority to disregard the plain language of 8 CFR 1245.2(a)(5)(ii), and that even if it did, it should not disrupt the settled expectations of adjustment applicants.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012149.
  • 1/21/2015 BOG Memo and Documents for Proposed Reincorporation (1/21/15) (.pdf 2124 KB) Governance documents that were part of the Board of Governors materials for the Mid-Year Board meeting are posted here separately for ease of access by the membership.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012148.
  • 1/21/2015 2015 Midyear Board Meeting Materials (.pdf 3714 KB) The AILA Board of Governors will meet Saturday, January 31, 2015, in Maui, Hawaii. This document contains the agenda and meeting materials, including a report by the Bylaws Committee regarding amending the AILA bylaws and reincorporating in the District of Columbia.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012165.
  • 1/21/2015 Free This Month on Agora
    AILA free items for January are now available. Read a free article on residency-defined immigration versus taxation and expatriate tax consequences. Also download a seminar recording on advising clients on crossing a land border. Check them out today!
  • 1/21/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 21, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 21, 2015.
  • 1/21/2015 CA4 Holds Unauthorized Use Under Va. Code § 18.2-102 Is Not an Aggravated Felony (.pdf 490 KB) The court vacated the removal order, holding that because there is a realistic probability Virginia would apply its unauthorized use statute, Va. Code § 18.2-102, to conduct that falls outside the BIA’s definition of theft offense, it is not an aggravated felony. (Castillo v. Holder, 1/14/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15012147.
  • 1/21/2015 AILA Comments on RFE Template for I-140 E13 Multinational Executives and Managers (.pdf 771 KB) AILA comments on the proposed USCIS Request for Evidence (RFE) template for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, E13 Multinational Executives and Managers.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012146.
  • 1/21/2015 EB-5 Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 543 KB) EB-5 Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012145.
  • 1/21/2015 National Benefits Center Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 551 KB) NBC Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14. Updated processing times for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card are included, changing the processing time from 3.5 months to a date of 5/12/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012144.
  • 1/21/2015 Vermont Service Center Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 603 KB) VSC Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012143.
  • 1/21/2015 Call For Ideas to Help Shape a Federal Immigrant and Refugee Integration Strategy (Updated 1/21/15)
    The White House Task Force on New Americans put out a call for ideas to assist with the development of a federal immigrant integration strategy for new Americans. Send ideas and examples to NewAmericans@who.eop.gov by February 9, 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011354.
  • 1/21/2015 Texas Service Center Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 601 KB) TSC Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012142.
  • 1/21/2015 Nebraska Service Center Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 584 KB) NSC Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012141.
  • 1/21/2015 California Service Center Processing Time Report (1/20/15) (.pdf 609 KB) CSC Processing Time Report released on 1/20/15 with processing dates as of 11/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012140.
  • 1/21/2015 Proving Extreme Hardship for a Relative Based on Health Issues
    An applicant seeking an I-601 waiver or an I-601A provisional waiver must demonstrate extreme hardship to a USC or an LPR spouse or parent. In VOICE, A. Renée Pobjecky offers tips on establishing extreme hardship for a qualifying relative based on health issues, among other reasons.
  • 1/21/2015 USCIS Invitation to a Listening Session on DAPA (.pdf 576 KB) USCIS invitation to a 1/26/15 listening session on DAPA, where certain parents of U.S. citizens and LPRs who have been in the U.S. since 1/1/10, will be able to request deferred action. USCIS officials will provide an overview of the new initiative and seek feedback on DAPA.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012162.
  • 1/21/2015 USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Refugee and Asylee Issues
    USCIS invitation to a 2/12/15 NSC teleconference on refugee and asylee issues. Registration information will be provided closer to the date of the event.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012161.
  • 1/21/2015 AAO Approves Petition for Business Operations Specialist Under INA §203(b)(3)(A)(ii) (.pdf 525 KB) Unpublished AAO decision sustaining appeal and approving the petition under INA §203(b)(3)(A)(ii), finding the job offer on the ETA Form 9089 was valid and the petitioner established its ability to pay the proffered wage to the beneficiary. Courtesy of James Tam.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012160.
  • 1/20/2015 AILA: Mass Detention of Asylum-Seekers is a Humanitarian Disaster (.pdf 742 KB) AILA statement submitted to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for a 1/30/15 briefing titled “State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities.”
    AILA Doc. No. 15012045.
  • 1/20/2015 Your AILA8 for January 20, 2015
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012044.
  • 1/20/2015 Call to All AILA Members: Questions Sought for USCIS Field Operations Liaison Meeting
    The AILA Field Operations Liaison Committee is seeking questions for its spring liaison meeting with the USCIS Field Operations Directorate. Please submit your proposed agenda questions by 1/30/15.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012043.
  • 1/20/2015 Call For Examples: DACA Renewal Applications Pending Over 120 Days (Updated 1/20/15)
    AILA is collecting examples of DACA renewal cases in which the renewal Form I-821D has been pending over 120 days. Please complete the questions and upload a copy of your I-821D receipt notice.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102044.
  • 1/20/2015 AILA Resources on Business Immigration (Updated 1/20/15)
    Resources related to business immigration, including press statements, reports, and fact sheets.
    AILA Doc. No. 13032947.
  • 1/20/2015 Federal Court Litigation Section Quarterly Conference Call (2/4/15)
    February 4, 2015
    3pm Eastern
    Teleconference
  • 1/20/2015 DOL Adds Keyword Search Function to OFLC FAQs (.pdf 478 KB) DOL alert that it has updated its FAQs with a new keyword search function. Users may now search the FAQs using a single keyword or exact phrase to identify items in the FAQ database. Search FAQs have been added to the help guide and FAQs by rounds are also available.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012042.
  • 1/20/2015 USCIS Reminder for Requesting DACA (.pdf 597 KB) USCIS reminder that Form I-765 and required fees must be submitted with initial and renewal DACA requests. USCIS advises submitting DACA renewal requests between 150 and 120 days before the expiration date. USCIS’s processing goal is 120 days; inquiries can be submitted 105 days after filing.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012041.
  • 1/20/2015 AILA's New Website - Coming January 29th
    AILA's website has been revamped. As technology—and your research needs—have evolved, AILA.org has evolved too. We can't wait for you to take advantage of all the new and improved tools and resources AILA.org has to offer.
  • 1/20/2015 AILA New Members Division E-News, January 2015 (Vol. 6, Issue 6)
    This latest edition of AILA’s newsletter targeted at new members includes expert tips for when your detained client is a U.S. citizen, an overview on how other nations are luring foreign investors, California’s AB60, DOL’s re-evaluation of PERM, and exploring the U visa.
    AILA Doc. No. 15012040.
  • 1/20/2015 3rd Annual AILA Bangkok District Chapter Conference (1/20/15)
    Immigration Thrilla in Manila
    March 12-13, 2015
    Manila, Philippines

    This event is being presented by AILA’s Bangkok District Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101604.
  • 1/20/2015 AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter 3rd Annual Immigration Law Conference (Updated 1/20/15)
    A Brave New World – Facing Challenges in the New Immigration Landscape
    February 20-21, 2015
    The Georgian Terrace Hotel
    Atlanta, GA
    This event is being presented by AILA’s Georgia-Alabama Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.
  • 1/20/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 20, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 20, 2015.
  • 1/20/2015 DHS Invitation to Human Trafficking 101 Teleconference (.pdf 535 KB) DHS invitation to a 1/26/15 teleconference on human trafficking. Teleconference will discuss the indicators of human trafficking, the investigation and prosecution of trafficking crimes, protections for immigrant victims including the U and T visas, and support services for trafficking victims.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012060.
  • 1/19/2015 DOL Extension of Comment Period on Notice of Intent to Issue Declaratory Order
    DOL notice of an extension of the comment period on the notice of intent to issue a declaratory order confirming DOL’s exclusive authority to make legal and policy determinations to administer and enforce the H-2B program. Comments now due 2/2/15. (80 FR 2445, 1/16/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15011940.
  • 1/16/2015 Your AILA8 for January 16, 2015
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011644.
  • 1/16/2015 AILA Quicktake #114: Beginning Arguments of Texas Lawsuit
    American Immigration Council's Melissa Crow sits down to discuss what happened at Thursday's hearing, the beginning arguments on the lawsuit filed by Texas and 20-some other states seeking to negate President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011643.
  • 1/16/2015 Ethical Considerations in Advising and Representing People Who May Benefit from the Immigration Accountability Executive Action (.pdf 1303 KB) It is fundamental to be ethically aware when helping individuals and families who may benefit from President Obama’s executive action. This practice advisory outlines the five key ethical areas which include informed consent, competence, fees, supervision and attorney advertising.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011642.
  • 1/16/2015 BIA Holds Hague Convention Does Not Apply to LPR Petitioning for Adopted Child (.pdf 519 KB) Unpublished BIA decision sustaining appeal and remanding, concluding that when an LPR petitioner and an USC spouse adopt a child together, they may choose either to pursue a Hague Convention adoption route or to pursue the Form 1-130 route through the LPR spouse. Courtesy of Robert H. Crane.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011641.
  • 1/16/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 16, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 16, 2015.
  • 1/16/2015 DOL Extends Comment Period for the H-2B Notice of Intent to Issue Declaratory Order (.pdf 481 KB) DOL notice that it is extending the public comment period on the Notice of Intent to Issue Declaratory Order (published in the Federal Register on 12/17/14, 79 FR 75179). DOL extended to comment period by 15 days, until 2/2/15 in order to provide the public with additional time to submit comments.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011640.
  • 1/15/2015 Your AILA8 for January 15, 2015
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011547.
  • 1/15/2015 CIS Ombudsman Teleconference on DACA Renewals (.pdf 537 KB) CIS Ombudsman invitation to a 1/27/15 teleconference to discuss DACA renewal issues. The teleconference will focus on renewal processing issues only and will not discuss the recent executive actions, which will expand DACA and have not yet become effective. Registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011546.
  • 1/15/2015 USCIS Notice of Online Tools Unavailability (Updated 1/15/15)
    USCIS notice that it will conduct system maintenance from 7am to 5pm (ET) on Saturday, January 17. During this time, USCIS online tools will be unavailable.
    AILA Doc. No. 13072641.
  • 1/15/2015 AILA Leadership Blog: Mexican Consulates Will Issue Birth Certificates…Starting Today!
    AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Mo Goldman applauds the Mexican consulates’ new birth certificate policy writing, “This announcement and change in policy comes at a critical juncture for millions of Mexican citizens living in the United States that may be eligible for Deferred Action.”
  • 1/15/2015 Mexican Consulates in the U.S. Will Now Issue Copies of Birth Certificates Registered in Mexico (.pdf 480 KB) Notice from the Mexican Embassy that starting on 1/15/15, Mexican consulates in the U.S. will issue copies of birth certificates registered in Mexico. To obtain certified copies, Mexican nationals should visit the nearest consulate.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011545.
  • 1/15/2015 Call for Examples: LGBT Clients Experiencing Prejudice from U.S. Interests Section in Havana
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee has become aware of possible issues with LGBT applicants at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba. If you have a client that has experienced homophobia or prejudice based on sexual orientation when applying for a U.S. visa in Cuba, please fill out the survey.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011544.
  • 1/15/2015 Practice Alert: Beware the Preparer’s Declaration on the New I-129 Form (.pdf 517 KB) AILA Practice Alert advising members that the new version of USCIS Form I-129 (Ed. 10/23/14), which becomes mandatory on May 1, 2015, contains a new “Preparer’s Declaration” that appears to place duties on the preparer that are much higher than that which was required on prior editions of the form.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011543.
  • 1/15/2015 District Court Holds Medical and Health Services Manager Is a Specialty Occupation (.pdf 560 KB) The district court found that USCIS’s denial of the visa petition was based on legal error, and that the health services manager position qualified as a specialty occupation. (Warren Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic, P.C., v. USCIS, 1/12/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15011542.
  • 1/15/2015 Boost Your Marketing by Embracing the Long-Tail Search
    When it comes to consumers searching the web for legal help, they perform two types of searches: a branded search and a long-tail search. Long-tail searches involve detailed words and phrases specific to the needs of the client. Embrace this simple tool and boost your online searches with this PST.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011541.
  • 1/15/2015 DHS To Launch “Known Employer” Pilot Program in Late 2015 (.pdf 520 KB) USCIS message that DHS is considering a "Known Employer" pilot program, to be launched by late 2015, to streamline adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests filed by eligible U.S. employers.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011540.
  • 1/15/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 15, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 15, 2015.
  • 1/14/2015 Your AILA8 for January 14, 2015
    AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011446.
  • 1/14/2015 2015 Visa Reciprocity Changes (Updtated 1/14/15)
    DOS updates the visa reciprocity tables, including updated information for Fiji.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010740.
  • 1/14/2015 Asylum Committee Seeks Examples of Errors During Credible Fear Interviews
    The AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee is seeking case examples of errors made during credible fear interviews (CFIs) that could impede access to asylum, including credible fear denials that were overturned by the IJ and improper lines of questioning or errors by asylum officers during CFIs.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011445.
  • 1/14/2015 Audio File: Q&A with Media about Dilley detention center opening
    In this audio file, Lead Attorney for the AILA – Immigration Council Artesia Pro Bono Project, Christina Brown, answers questions from press about the Dilley detention center along with representatives from the Women’s Refugee Commission and the National Immigrant Justice Center
    AILA Doc. No. 15011444.
  • 1/14/2015 AILA: Immigration Innovation Act Would Help Economy
    AILA President Leslie Holman lauded the introduction of the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared” Act) saying, “I’m encouraged that this bipartisan group of Senators recognizes what so many economists and business leaders do as well: that welcoming innovative thinkers is key to economic prosperity.”
    AILA Doc. No. 15011443.
  • 1/14/2015 High-Skilled Immigration Bill (“I-Squared”) Reintroduced in Senate
    On 1/13/15, Senators Hatch (R-Utah), Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rubio (R-Fla.), Coons (D-Del.), Flake (R-Ariz.), and Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2015. This bill was first introduced in the 113th Congress.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011442.
  • 1/14/2015 Letter to Director Rodriguez on DACA Renewal Processing Times (.pdf 552 KB) A 12/12/14 letter from AILA to USCIS Director León Rodríguez, expressing concern over serious delays in processing renewal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications, and asking USCIS to automatically extend work authorization to DACA renewal applicants.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011441.
  • 1/14/2015 CA4 Says 4/30/01 Deadline in §245(i) Is Not Subject to Equitable Tolling (.pdf 486 KB) The court agreed with the BIA and the Ninth Circuit that the 4/30/01 deadline imposed on INA §245(i) operates as a statute of repose that is not subject to equitable tolling. (Prasad v. Holder, 1/12/15)
    AILA Doc. No. 15011440.
  • 1/14/2015 Daily Immigration News Clips – January 14, 2015
    Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on January 14, 2015.

 
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