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Problems Getting USCIS to Recognize Your G-28? AILA Wants to Know! (Updated 12/3/13)
AILA is collecting examples of cases in which the attorney has had problems getting USCIS to recognize a properly completed G-28. Responses needed by 12/13/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13111451.
Still Waiting on H-1B Extensions To Be Adjudicated? AILA Wants to Know!
AILA Liaison is seeking examples of H-1B extensions that have been pending for more than 180 days. Send the receipt number, filing date, and RFE receipt and/or response date (if applicable) to email@example.com with the subject line “Delayed H-1B Extensions".
AILA Doc. No. 13111542.
Federal Government Closed on Monday, November 11
AILA reminds members that the federal government is closed on Monday, November 11, 2013, in observance of Veterans Day.
AILA Doc. No. 13110843.
AILA Call for Examples: USCIS Mail Problems
AILA is seeking examples of employment authorization documents, travel documents, and permanent resident cards not being delivered when USPS indicates delivery. Please send us your case examples by 11/21/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13110752.
USCIS Field Office District Information
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USCIS Field Office District addresses, and District Director and Field Office Director information provided for the Northeast, Southeast, Central, and Western Regions.
AILA Doc. No. 13110744.
AILA/USCIS Field Operations Liaison Q&As (10/23/13)
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USCIS Field Operations Q&As from a 10/23/13 liaison meeting. Topics include CIV implementation, I-94 automation, transfer of approved I-130 petitions to the NVC and impact on I-601A process, same-sex marriage adjudications, interview waiver eligible AOS cases, and stand-alone I-130 processing.
AILA Doc. No. 13110743.
EB-5 and Indirect Construction Jobs: Emerging Trend for Third-Party Validation
AILA practice pointer advising members representing EB-5 investors to be aware of the USCIS adjudications trend of challenging claims of construction jobs by requiring third-party validation of construction data and regional industry standards. Special thanks to the Investor (EB-5) Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 13110453.
AILA/USCIS HQ Liaison Q&As (10/23/13)
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Official questions and answers from the 10/23/13 AILA liaison meeting with USCIS HQ. Topics include DOMA, provisional waivers, implementation of Flores v. USCIS, nonimmigrant petition adjudications, prioritizing petition adjudication, J-2 derivatives, G-28s, and I-94 automation.
AILA Doc. No. 13102461.
Updates on the Government Reopening (Updated 10/25/13)
This page includes the latest information about the federal government reopening.
AILA Doc. No. 13101740.
NIWAP Survey on VAWA and Employment Authorization
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The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) is looking for data on the time it takes for immigrant crime victims (VAWA, U and T visa applicants) to receive work authorization and information on how delays affect the immigrant victims and their children.
AILA Doc. No. 13101541.
AILA Seeks Answers on H-1B Filings during Government Shutdown (Updated 10/11/13)
Due to concerns as to how the shutdown of DOL operations will impact the ability of employers to timely file H-1Bs and for individuals to maintain lawful status, AILA has asked USCIS if it will accept H-1B petitions without a certified LCA. Watch InfoNet for updates.
AILA Doc. No. 13100260.
AILA FAQ: Completing the New G-28 Form
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AILA provides an FAQ on completing the new Form G-28 (Rev. 2/28/13) based on answers provided by the USCIS Office of Intake and Document Production. Answers provided to questions regarding character limits, changes from the previous version of the form, printing preferences, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 13101144.
Government Shutdown Updates (Last Updated 10/15/13)
This page includes the latest updates on the federal government shutdown, including information from the CIS Ombudsman, DOL, CBP, DHS, DOS, EOIR, ICE, OSC, USCIS, DHS OIG, and SSA.
AILA Doc. No. 11040730.
EB-5 Committee Update on Recent Changes to I-924 Application Process
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The AILA EB-5 Liaison Committee provides an update on a number of new procedures involving the I-924 regional center designation application process, including the use of telephonic conferences and e-mail correspondence, and the new decision board process.
AILA Doc. No. 13100208.
Member Alert: Delays at USCIS Offices Due to New CIV Tool
AILA Liaison has received reports of delays at USCIS offices due to implementation of the new Customer Identity Verification (CIV) tool, launched 9/9/13. Members are advised to arrive early to appointments at USCIS and to expect extended wait times. Please send reports of delays to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AILA Doc. No. 13091053.
NRC Practice Pointer: FOIA Requests for Form I-130
The USCIS National Records Center (NRC) has confirmed that for a FOIA request seeking a complete (unredacted) copy of Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, a G-28 and/or consent must be completed by both the petitioner and beneficiary of the petition.
AILA Doc. No. 13082842.
What the USCIS Call Routing Change Means to You
AILA Liaison practice alert on what the 8/9/13 USCIS call routing changes means to members.
AILA Doc. No. 13080941.
AILA Memorandum to USCIS on Provisional Waivers and “Reason to Believe”
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AILA memorandum urging USCIS to adopt a flexible approach to analyzing whether it has reason to believe an I-601A applicant may be inadmissible for reasons other than unlawful presence, which will allow many eligible families to benefit from the program. Special thanks to the NBC Liaison Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 13080740.
Immigration Benefits and Pitfalls for LGBT Families in a Post-DOMA World
With the end of DOMA, married LGBT binational couples can access marriage-based immigration benefits and relief from removal. The AIC’s Legal Action Center and Immigration Equality released a practice advisory which highlights issues LGBT families will face in a post-DOMA world.
AILA Doc. No. 13072944.
Are You Still Receiving Calls From USCIS Outside Normal Business Hours? (Updated 7/24/13)
AILA Liaison is looking for examples within the last 30 days where attorneys have received calls from USCIS outside normal business hours.
AILA Doc. No. 12110249.
AILA Letter to DHS Agency Heads on Implementation of Supreme Court’s Decision on DOMA
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AILA letter to DHS and DOJ on the implementation of the Supreme Court’s striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as it pertains to applications and petitions for immigration benefits and relief from removal. Special thanks to the LGBT Working Group and Interagency Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 13072352.
AILA Letter to USCIS on Modernizing the Treatment of Families Formed Through ART
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AILA letter to USCIS’s Office of Policy and Strategy on modernizing the treatment of U.S. citizenship acquisition for children born abroad after conception through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Special thanks to the LGBT Working Group.
AILA Doc. No. 13072351.
How Are Cap-Subject H-1B Adjudications This Year? AILA Wants to Know!
AILA Liaison would like to know how FY2014 cap-subject H-1B adjudications are going thus far. Please send examples of boilerplate RFEs and denials to email@example.com.
AILA Doc. No. 13052449.
Warning: New Reports of USCIS Telephone Scams (Updated 7/19/13)
AILA has received reports of a new immigration-related telephone scam. According to one report, a caller purporting to a USCIS officer states that there is a discrepancy in the individual’s USCIS records and tells the individual they must pay a penalty for the discrepancy. AILA Doc. No. 12071935.
AILA Doc. No. 12071935.
Call for Questions: Immigration Implications on the Demise of DOMA
The AILA LGBT Working Group and AILA Liaison through the Interagency Committee are developing a series of questions and positions on the implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Send us your questions today!
AILA Doc. No. 13071744.
Important Government Contact Information (Updated 6/17/13)
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As a quick reference guide, AILA offers a list of government contact information, which includes various phone numbers, addresses, e-mails, AILA InfoNet document numbers, and URLs.
AILA Doc. No. 09052767.
AILA Notes from Liaison Q&As with USCIS Customer Service (5/7/13)
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AILA notes from a teleconference with the USCIS Office of Public Engagement to Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate on issues related to NCSC, e-request, CRIS, and processing times.
AILA Doc. No. 13061443.
Practice Alert: New G-28 In Effect – Software-Generated Barcode OK
AILA Liaison reminds members that as of May 26, 2013, only the new 02/28/2013 version of the G-28 will be accepted by USCIS. AILA Liaison has confirmed with USCIS Lockbox Operations that a G-28 generated by popular forms software programs without an “active” barcode will be accepted.
AILA Doc. No. 13052850.
AILA Memorandum on Eligibility of J-2 Derivatives to Obtain Nonimmigrant Classifications
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Memo by AILA’s Healthcare Professionals/Physicians Committee to USCIS Director Mayorkas on the eligibility of J-2 derivatives of J-1 waiver physicians to obtain nonimmigrant classifications other than H-4 during the J-1 physician’s three year J-1 waiver commitment. AILA Doc. No. 13051601.
AILA Doc. No. 13051601.
Practice Tip: Travel for F-1s During Cap-Gap Extension
Practice tip on the ability of F-1 students to travel and return to the United States during the cap-gap extension period. Special thanks to Tien-Li Loke Walsh and the AILA Students and Scholars Committee. AILA Doc. No. 13051555.
AILA Doc. No. 13051555.
Updated Summary of DACA Implementation Survey Results
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Summary of responses to the DACA implementation survey conducted by AIC, IAN, and AILA as of 4/2/13. The results provide anecdotal information that shed light on the experiences some attorneys and accredited representatives have had with DACA implementation. AILA Doc. No. 13050752.
AILA Doc. No. 13050752.
USCIS Delays Rollout of Customer Identity Verification (CIV) at Field Offices
AILA Liaison has learned that due to technical difficulties at several USCIS field offices, the nationwide rollout of the new Customer Identity Verification (CIV) process, which was to be launched on May 6, 2013, has been delayed. AILA Doc. No. 13050648.
AILA Doc. No. 13050648.
Practice Pointer: Remember to Choose “Consular Processing” on the I-130 for Provisional Waiver Cases
The AILA USCIS Field Operations liaison committee reminds members to designate on an I-130 petition filed for an I-601A provisional waiver case that an applicant will consular process. AILA Doc. No. 13050247.
AILA Doc. No. 13050247.
Practice Alert: DACA Interviews at Local USCIS Field Offices
The AILA USCIS Field Operations liaison committee informs members that some DACA cases are being transferred to local field offices, and of those cases, some are being randomly selected for interviews. AILA Doc. No. 13050246.
AILA Doc. No. 13050246.
Reports of Non-Cap I-129 Receipts Taking 30 Days or More
AILA members are reporting that NCSC has indicated that non-cap H-1B and other Form I-129 receipting is taking 30 days or more. AILA Doc. No. 13050156.
AILA Doc. No. 13050156.
Practice Alert: USCIS NCSC E-mail Temporarily Suspended
AILA liaison has learned that the NCSC e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org is temporarily suspended. In the interim, members may call the NCSC or make an e-request. Watch InfoNet for further updates. AILA Doc. No. 13043054.
AILA Doc. No. 13043054.
AILA/USCIS Field Operations Liaison Q&As (4/23/13)
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USCIS Field Operations Q&As from a 4/11/13 meeting. Topics include CIV, security procedures, technology at interviews, I-130s, provisional waivers, DACA, recording interviews, interview re-scheduling, FDNS, biometrics, professionalism, communication, and I-551 stamps. AILA Doc. No. 13041848.
AILA Doc. No. 13041848.
Practice Alert: USCIS System Enhancements to NCSC
USCIS will be making system enhancements to the 1-800 number over the next few days and as a result, some callers may experience difficulty in connecting with a customer service representative or may be disconnected unintentionally. AILA Doc. No. 13042200.
AILA Doc. No. 13042200.
USCIS Field Operations Organizational Chart (Updated 4/22/13)
USCIS Field Operations Directorate organizational chart listing USCIS Field Operations positions. AILA Doc. No. 12051841.
AILA Doc. No. 12051841.
AILA/USCIS HQ Liaison Q&As (4/11/13) (Updated 4/12/13)
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Official questions and answers from the 4/11/13, AILA liaison meeting with USCIS HQ. Topics include provisional unlawful presence waivers, DACA, Adam Walsh Act cases, the USCIS Policy Manual, petition revocation, change of status for J-2s, and relocation of the EB-5 unit. AILA Doc. No. 13041143.
AILA Doc. No. 13041143.
Practice Tip: AILA Liaison Reminds Members to Double-Check Petitions/Applications Prior to Filing
AILA Liaison has seen examples where USCIS has rejected a petition or application due to missing form pages resulting in harsh consequences. AILA reminds members to double check petitions and applications prior to filing. AILA Doc. No. 12082842.
AILA Doc. No. 12082842.
FY2014 H-1B Resources
In preparation of the FY2014 H-1B nonimmigrant visa season, AILA Liaison provides a compilation of liaison and government resources. AILA Doc. No. 13032752.
AILA Doc. No. 13032752.
Remember, It’s Not Just April 1
AILA reminds members that cap-subject H-1B petitions will be rejected if they are submitted for delivery prior to April 1, 2013 and that if there is a lottery, all cap-subject petitions received in the first five days will be included in the lottery. AILA Doc. No. 13032751.
AILA Doc. No. 13032751.
FY2014 H-1B Filing Tips and Resources (Updated 3/25/13)
In preparation of the Fiscal Year 2014 H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa season, AILA Liaison updates its practical filing tips with additional links to previously posted InfoNet documents relating to the subject. AILA Doc. No. 09022730.
AILA Doc. No. 09022730.
Tell AILA About Your DACA Cases!
We want to know more about your Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases – including RFEs, approvals, and denials - now that USCIS has been accepting DACA applications for 6 months. Complete this short survey to help us monitor how DACA is being implemented. AILA Doc. No. 12061945.
AILA Doc. No. 12061945.
USCIS ELIS Statistics (2/7/13)
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USCIS statistics on ELIS usage through 2/7/13, including how many USCIS ELIS accounts have been opened, how many I-539s have been receipted, and a breakdown of submitted I-539s through ELIS. Obtained at spring 2013 AILA/Transformation Liaison meeting. AILA Doc. No. 13021254.
AILA Doc. No. 13021254.
USCIS ELIS Information for Attorneys and Accredited Representatives
(496 KB - 2/12/2013)
USCIS instructions for attorneys or accredited representatives who wish to appear on behalf of an applicant who has already filed through USCIS ELIS. Obtained at spring 2013 AILA/Transformation Liaison meeting. AILA Doc. No. 13021242.
AILA Doc. No. 13021242.
USCIS e-Filing Steps for Representatives Using ELIS
(560 KB - 2/12/2013)
USCIS fact sheet providing e-Filing steps for representatives using USCIS ELIS. Both the client/applicant and the representative can now e-sign the I-539. Obtained at spring 2013 AILA/Transformation Liaison meeting. AILA Doc. No. 13021241.
AILA Doc. No. 13021241.
AILA Practice Alert: Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers (Updated 1/25/13)
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AILA practice alert providing answers to key questions surrounding the USCIS final rule, “Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives,” which takes effect on March 4, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 13012351.
AILA Doc. No. 13012351.
AILA Wants to Know! Have You Filed Through ELIS?
AILA Liaison is looking for questions for an agenda for its upcoming meeting with USCIS’s Office of Transformation Coordination. AILA Doc. No. 13011444.
AILA Doc. No. 13011444.
EB-5 Practice Pointer: Handling EB-5 Cases from South Korea
The EB-5 liaison committee provides a practice pointer on handling EB-5 cases with investment from South Korea. AILA Doc. No. 13010361.
AILA Doc. No. 13010361.
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