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Practical, Interpretive Guidance of the Entire Asylum Process

Asylum Primer
Used by attorneys, government officials, law professors, law students, and nonprofit organizations, AILA's Asylum Primer will help you understand and resolve critical asylum issues and provide answers to help you through the asylum process--from the first meeting until you close the case.

Refugee, Asylum and International Operations

2013 - 2011 | 2010 - 2005 | 2004 - 1995

  • Call for Examples: Asylum Applicants Lacking a Secondary ID (10/21/2014)
    Have your asylum applicant clients been denied a social security number (SSN) because they lack a secondary ID? AILA is looking for examples of asylum applicants who have been issued EADs under category (c)(8)(i) and who were then denied social security numbers because they had no secondary ID.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102144.
  • Practice Alert: Filing Supporting Documentation at the Los Angeles Asylum Office (9/18/2014)
    As of August 1, 2014, the Los Angeles Asylum Office requires that all supporting documentation for asylum applications be submitted, in triplicate, at least one week prior to the date of the asylum interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 14091850.
  • Call for Examples: RFEs for Asylum-Based I-756s Where Proceedings Are Administratively Closed (9/16/2014)
    The AILA Asylum and Refugee Liaison Committee requests examples of RFEs issued within the last year for asylum-based I-765s filed for cases in which removal proceedings have been administratively closed.
    AILA Doc. No. 14091646.
  • Avoid the NOID! How to Prevent Asylum Office NOIDs(784 KB - 9/4/2014)
    Practice pointer on how to prevent Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) issued by the USCIS asylum offices, based on a review of example NOIDs provided by the membership. Special thanks to the AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee.
    AILA Doc. No. 14090403.
  • Practice Pointer: Completing Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal(759 KB - 7/14/2014)
    Practice pointer on completing the Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal including question-by-question guidance and tips to help ensure proper completion. Special thanks to Lisa Green, Dree Collopy, and the Asylum and Refugee Liaison Committee
    AILA Doc. No. 14071402.
  • AILA Practice Pointer: Biometrics Capture: How, When, and Where?(471 KB - 7/14/2014)
    AILA International Operations Liaison Committee practice pointer provides best practices for ensuring timely capture of biometrics and offers possible alternatives if your client is unable to attend the biometrics appointment as indicated on the ASC appointment notice.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071460.
  • AILA Seeks Examples of CBP Denying Individuals Access to Credible Fear Interviews (Updated 5/16/14) (5/16/2014)
    AILA is seeking examples of individuals who were apprehended by CBP after crossing into the U.S. and issued expedited removal orders without the opportunity for a credible fear interview. Please provide case examples by May 30, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14042941.
  • USCIS International Operations Liaison Meeting Q&As (4/9/14)(623 KB - 5/6/2014)
    Q&As from the USCIS International Operations Liaison meeting with AILA on 4/9/14. Topics discussed includes I-601 waiver issues, overseas biometrics, international adoptions, overseas I-130 filings, humanitarian parole, refugee and asylum caseload at overseas offices, and UPL issues.
    AILA Doc. No. 14050642.
  • Practice Pointer: Understanding Withholding of Removal (Updated 4/2/14)(845 KB - 4/2/2014)
    Practice pointer on the main conceptual and practical differences between asylum and withholding of removal and how a grant of withholding will affect your client going forward. Special thanks to Cheri Attix and the AILA Asylum and Refugee Liaison Committee.
    AILA Doc. No. 14021344.
  • Practice Pointer: The Affirmative Asylum Backlog Explained(844 KB - 4/2/2014)
    Practice pointer explaining the affirmative asylum application backlog at USCIS asylum offices, including information on its causes and USCIS efforts to resolve it, as well as practice tips on handling cases affected by the backlog. Special thanks to the AILA Asylum & Refugee Liaison Committee.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040248.
  • AILA USCIS International Operations Liaison Q&As (9/2013)(647 KB - 3/24/2014)
    AILA/USCIS International Operations Q&As from September 2013 address I-601 waivers, overseas biometrics, humanitarian parole, adoptions, and I-130s abroad.
    AILA Doc. No. 14032446.
  • USCIS Q&As from Asylum Stakeholder Meeting (1/28/14)(12953 KB - 3/18/2014)
    USCIS Q&As from the Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting on 1/28/14. Topics include updates from USCIS, recently issued memoranda, statistics, asylee benefit orientations, headquarters review of cases, the backlog, staffing updates, and asylum officer notes.
    AILA Doc. No. 14031842.
  • USCIS Asylum Division Stakeholder Meeting Agenda and Unofficial Notes (10/22/13) (Updated 3/18/14)(1299 KB - 3/18/2014)
    Agenda and unofficial notes from the 10/22/13 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder meeting. Topics include Asylum Division updates, statistics, recent policy memoranda, the affirmative asylum application backlog, headquarters review, travel documents, NCSC, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 13110860.
  • Practice Alert: Change in Definition of “Orphan”(579 KB - 1/29/2014)
    AILA practice alert regarding a change to the definition of “orphan,” such that both parents no longer need to travel prior to or during the adoption in order for the child to obtain automatic U.S. citizenship upon entry on an IR-3 visa. Thanks to Karen S. Law and the AILA Int’l Ops. Committee.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012961.
 
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