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  • Q&As from the NSC-TSC Business Community Engagement (7/17/14)(549 KB - 9/16/2014)
    Questions and answers from the 7/17/14 business community engagement with the Nebraska and Texas Service Centers. Topics include I-140 statistics, special immigrant status for retired G-4 nonimmigrants, transfer of a pending I-485 to a new I-140 or I-130, and RFEs for medical examinations.
    AILA Doc. No. 14091647.
  • Practice Pointer: AAO Transfer Issues (Updated 9/15/14) (9/15/2014)
    AAO Liaison Committee practice pointer reminds members that the AAO processing time clock starts when the appeal is received at the AAO, and not when the appeal is originally filed.
    AILA Doc. No. 11060132.
  • AILA Notes from SCOPS Teleconference (8/27/14)(1049 KB - 9/2/2014)
    AILA notes from a teleconference with SCOPS on 8/27/14. Topics include processing of FY2015 cap-subject H-1B petitions, G-28s, LCA and O*NET issues, duplicate receipting of cap subject H-1B petitions, implications of 2013 government shutdown, file transfer delays, I-290Bs, and I-765s.
    AILA Doc. No. 14090247.
  • Practice Pointer: Getting USCIS to Recognize the G-28 (Updated 8/25/14) (8/25/2014)
    Practice pointer explaining how to interfile a G-28 at the USCIS Service Centers in order for it to be recognized as part of the record.
    AILA Doc. No. 08090469.
  • AILA Notes from SCOPS Teleconference (5/21/14)(789 KB - 5/28/2014)
    AILA notes from a teleconference with SCOPS on 5/21/14. Topics include G-28s, LCA and O*NET issues, duplicate receipting of cap subject H-1B petitions, validity of I-693 medicals, delays in receipting H-1B extensions of status, and L-1 status change to H-1B.
    AILA Doc. No. 14052863.
  • Do You Have A Long-Pending Adjustment Case Affected by the June 1 Retrogression? Tell AILA! (5/16/2014)
    AILA is collecting information on adjustment of status cases that are subject to retrogression as of 6/1/14, including the F-2A and EB-3 categories, and that have been pending at TSC or NSC since November 2013 or earlier. Please complete the form as soon as possible, but no later than 5/23/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14051640.
  • Call for Examples: 2014 L-1B Specialized Knowledge Denials (Updated 5/2/14) (5/2/2014)
    The American Immigration Council and AILA are seeking examples of L-1B petition denials issued in 2014 based on USCIS’s conclusion that the beneficiary did not possess “specialized knowledge.” Please send us your examples by May 31, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14030544.
  • Call for Examples: H-1B LCA/O*NET RFEs (4/22/2014)
    Have you received an RFE for an H-1B petition stating the LCA O*NET classification does not correspond to the H-1B petition? Questioning how wage Level I supports a specialty occupation? An FDNS site visit analyzing LCA O*NET classification compared to the described job duties? AILA wants to know!
    AILA Doc. No. 14033144.
  • Practice Alert: RFEs for Expiring Medical Exams (4/21/2014)
    AILA practice alert notifying members that effective June 1, 2014, certain Forms I-693 submitted to USCIS in connection with adjustment of status applications more than one year prior will no longer be valid. RFEs are being sent out in anticipation of a change in policy.
    AILA Doc. No. 14042146.
  • USCIS Offers Solution for Courier-Delayed FY2015 H-1B Cap Filings (Updated 7pm) (4/3/2014)
    USCIS has informed AILA Liaison that due to reported courier delivery problems, USCIS will accept second H-1B petitions for FY2015 H-1B petitions in certain limited circumstances. USCIS is continuing to monitor the situation. Watch InfoNet for updates.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040344.
  • AILA Notes from SCOPS Teleconference (3/5/14)(592 KB - 3/21/2014)
    AILA notes from a teleconference with SCOPS on 3/5/14. Topics include J-1 exceptional hardship waivers, TPS processing times, G-28s, and individual case liaison assistance.
    AILA Doc. No. 14032147.
  • AILA Notes on Liaison Q&As with SCOPS (1/29/14)(625 KB - 2/20/2014)
    AILA notes from a teleconference with SCOPS on 1/29/14. Topics include the FY2015 H-1B cap season, deference to prior cap exemption, physician-based national interest waivers, troublesome RFEs and denials, receipting of time-sensitive filings, and OPT based on unpaid employment.
    AILA Doc. No. 14022045.
  • Transferring an I-485 from a Physician NIW to a PERM-Based I-140(491 KB - 1/22/2014)
    AILA practice pointer explaining the ability of a physician to transfer a pending adjustment of status application based on a physician NIW petition to a subsequently filed and approved PERM-based or other I-140 petition. Special thanks to the AILA Healthcare/Physicians Committee.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012246.
  • Practice Pointer: Timing Issues in Preparing J-1 Physician Waivers(493 KB - 1/14/2014)
    AILA practice pointer outlining a number of timing issues attorneys must take into account when assisting an international medical graduate in obtaining a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement based on an agreement to provide 3 years of full-time medical service in an underserved area.
    AILA Doc. No. 14011450.
 
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