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  • Minutes from AILA/CBP Teleconference with ESTA Director (8/6/14)(476 KB - 8/20/2014)
    CBP Liaison Committee’s minutes from an 8/6/14 teleconference with ESTA Director Suzanne Shepherd on issues with the I-94 web portal and travel history information. Topics include: incomplete or inaccurate data on web portal, redress for falsely recorded departures, and automated I-94 corrections.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082042.
  • Practice Alert: DOS and CBP Issue Procedures to Facilitate Travel for Visa Applicants Affected by CCD Outages (8/7/2014)
    AILA practice alert informs members that in response to the recent technical problems with DOS CCD, DOS and CBP are putting procedures in place to assist nonimmigrant visa applicants whose U.S. travel is urgent because it either involves an “emergency” or impacts U.S. national interests.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080763.
  • CBP Liaison Alert: Use of I-193 Waiver of Visa Due to State Department Consular Database Disruption (8/1/2014)
    AILA Liaison alert informs members that CBP and DOS are working to find solutions in response to recent technical problems with the DOS CCD. At this time, CBP is only accepting recommendations for I-193 document waivers from DOS, which will be decided at Ports-of-Entry on a case-by-case basis.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080146.
  • Practice Pointer: CBP Reminder to Officers on Handling Complaints at Ports of Entry (7/2/2014)
    CBP has informed stakeholders that it will be re-emphasizing the complaint handling procedures to all of its officers at the ports of entry, including having a supervisor available upon request to address traveler concerns and that nametags must be visible on the officer’s outermost garment.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070243.
  • Have a Visa Exempt Same-Sex Canadian Spouse Client Who Sought Admission in Derivative Status? (Updated 6/25/14) (6/25/2014)
    AILA is collecting case examples where visa exempt same-sex Canadian citizen spouses sought admission in derivative status post-Windsor. Please send us your examples by July 31, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14050951.
  • Call for Examples: Problems With CBP FOIA Processing (6/9/2014)
    AILA is collecting examples from members who have experienced issues with CBP FOIA requests since the implementation of CBP's FOIAonline system in September 2013. Please send us your examples by Friday, June 13, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060945.
  • A Message from CBP FOIA (6/6/2014)
    Franklin Jones, Executive Director of the CBP Privacy and Diversity Office asks all AILA members who submit FOIA requests to CBP to log onto FOIAonline and create a user account which will eliminate the need to submit FOIA requests by mail or by fax.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060600.
  • Call for Case Examples: CBP Enforcement Practices (Updated 6/4/14) (6/4/2014)
    AILA Advocacy is seeking examples of clients, apprehended by Border Patrol or who faced enforcement action at a POE by CBP, with strong ties to the U.S. including length of residence, close family members who are U.S. citizens or LPRs, or education/business ties. Please send examples by 6/15/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14042258.
  • Problems Obtaining Automated CBP Admissions Records? AILA Wants to Know! (Updated 6/3/14) (6/3/2014)
    AILA is collecting examples from members who have attempted, successfully or not, to locate current or historical admissions records through the CBP website. Please send us your examples by June 30, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14050660.
  • Practice Alert: CBP Issued TN Classification Checklist to Field Offices (5/19/2014)
    AILA CBP Liaison alert that CBP issued a TN checklist on 03/31/14 for officers to use to assist in the TN adjudication process and to ensure consistency in adjudications. If the TN application is denied, the applicant will be provided a copy of the checklist indicating the alleged deficiencies.
    AILA Doc. No. 14051940.
  • AILA/CBP Liaison Q&As (4/10/14)(578 KB - 5/12/2014)
    The AILA CBP Liaison Committee provides approved Q&As from their meeting with CBP on 04/10/14. Topics include I-94 automation, blanket L validity, Officer’s Reference Tool, Pre-Clearance, FOIAs, ARO, parole, implementation of United States v. Windsor, Global Entry, and Trusted Traveler.
    AILA Doc. No. 14051241.
  • Practice Alert: CBP Updates Website Allowing Individuals to Now Obtain Admissions Records Online (5/6/2014)
    CBP Liaison Committee alert that a new CBP website now allows nonimmigrant travelers to access arrival and departure records going back five years from the request date. AILA is seeking examples from members who have attempted to locate current or historical entry/exit data using the CBP website.
    AILA Doc. No. 14050641.
  • TN Checklist Received at Local AILA CBP Liaison Meeting in Buffalo, New York(516 KB - 4/24/2014)
    Copy of TN checklist received at a local AILA CBP liaison meeting in Buffalo, New York.
    AILA Doc. No. 14042440.
  • AILA CBP Liaison Notes from Teleconference with CBP FOIA (03/06/14)(689 KB - 3/26/2014)
    The AILA CBP Liaison Committee provides approved notes from the 03/06/14 teleconference with CBP FOIA. Topics include current processing times for FOIA requests, interaction between CBP’s website and FOIAonline, case number conversions, and updates on the development of the I-94 web portal.
    AILA Doc. No. 14032606.
  • AILA Memo to CBP on Accrual of Unlawful Presence(533 KB - 3/19/2014)
    Memorandum by the AILA CBP Liaison Committee to CBP representatives Carey Davis, Ryan Hutton, and Anna Hinken. AILA renews its request that CBP adopt the interpretation of unlawful presence for non-controlled nonimmigrants enunciated by USCIS.
    AILA Doc. No. 14031947.
  • AILA CBP Liaison Teleconference Notes(613 KB - 3/7/2014)
    The AILA CBP Liaison Committee provides approved notes from the 02/12/14 teleconference with CBP about the Trusted Traveler Program. Topics include Trusted Traveler redress procedures, CBP Trusted Traveler Ombudsman, the Ombudsman’s responsibilities, and revocation of Trusted Traveler status.
    AILA Doc. No. 14030751.
  • Practice Alert: I-129S Endorsements at Ports of Entry (Updated 2/26/14)(654 KB - 2/26/2014)
    CBP Liaison Committee alert that CBP retracted earlier statements and will not review or endorse new Forms I-129S for blanket L beneficiaries applying for admission while the L visa remained valid. AILA continues to engage on this issue and will post additional information as it is available.
    AILA Doc. No. 13071249.
  • Submit Your Questions for the Spring Meeting with CBP (Updated 2/26/14) (2/26/2014)
    The AILA CBP Liaison Committee is seeking agenda items from all AILA members for its spring liaison meeting with CBP. Please submit your non-case specific questions by 03/07/2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14021448.
  • Practice Tip: Contact Information and Processing Times for CBP’s Admissibility Review Office (ARO) (2/12/2014)
    AILA CBP Liaison Committee practice tip advises members of the ARO’s updated processing times and contact information for Form I-192, Form I-212, and Form I-824.
    AILA Doc. No. 14021249.
  • Practice Alert: CBP is Replacing Inspector’s Field Manual with Officer’s Reference Tool(487 KB - 2/7/2014)
    The AILA CBP Liaison Committee alerts members that CBP officers are expected to use the new Officer’s Reference Tool (ORT) instead of the Inspector’s Field Manual (IFM). CBP indicated that the ORT will be designated as “Law Enforcement Sensitive” and will not be released to the public.
    AILA Doc. No. 14020749.
  • Short-Term CBP Detention Conditions Survey (1/29/2014)
    The Legal Action Center is interested in your client’s experiences in short-term CBP detention along the border with Mexico. If you have clients who have complained of mistreatment in short-term CBP detention, please complete this short survey.
    AILA Doc. No. 14011743.
  • Call for Examples: CBP Trusted Traveler Ombudsman (1/22/2014)
    AILA is seeking case examples from members who have attempted, successfully or not, to resolve the inappropriate denial of a Trusted Traveler program application, or revocation of Trusted Traveler status through the CBP Trusted Traveler Ombudsman. Submit your examples on or before January 31, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012242.
  • AILA Seeks Examples of Canadian L-1 Adjudications Issues (Updated 1/8/14) (1/8/2014)
    The AILA CBP Liaison Committee is seeking examples of problem adjudications of L-1 petitions for Canadian citizens on the northern border or at pre-clearance stations. Please send your case examples by January 15, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 13121956.
 
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