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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

  • 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 Asylum Division Stakeholder Meeting Agenda and Unofficial Notes (1/28/14)(848 KB - 3/18/2014)
    Agenda and unofficial notes from the 1/28/14 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder meeting. 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.