Welcome! Login

Recent Postings

12/19/2014 - DHS Statement on Confirmation of Sarah Saldaña as Assistant Secretary of ICE   (.pdf 582 KB)
DHS statement from Secretary Johnson on the Senate confirmation of Sarah Saldaña as Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

12/19/2014 - Your AILA8 for December 19, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

12/19/2014 - AAO Sustains Appeal of L-1A, Finds VSC Erred in Analysis   (.pdf 869 KB)
Unpublished AAO decision sustaining the appeal of an L-1A extension, finding that the director’s conclusion was based on error and that the beneficiary’s subordinate supervisory employees need not hold professional-level positions in order for him to qualify as a manager. Courtesy of Nancy Shivers.

12/19/2014 - TRAC Report Finds Removal Orders Rise, But with Wide Variation by Court  
TRAC report finding that according to the latest case-by-case records, immigration courts granted 54.8% of removal orders issued during October and November 2014, compared with only 50.7% during FY2014. The rate at which deportation orders were granted varied considerably among individual courts.

12/19/2014 - AILA Resources on Detention (Updated 12/19/14)  
Resources related to detention conditions and policy, including legislation, press statements, and hearings.

12/19/2014 - District Court Grants Motion for Summary Judgment Against DOL on H-2B Program   (.pdf 645 KB)
The district court finds that the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment should be granted and that DOL’s final rule on the H-2B program dated 2/21/12 is hereby vacated and the defendants are permanently enjoined from enforcing it. (Bayou Lawn & Landscape Services v. Perez, 12/18/14)

12/19/2014 - DOL 2015 Adverse Effect Wage Rates  
DOL notice announcing the 2015 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for each state, based on the Farm Labor Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which are the minimum hourly wage rates that have been determined must be offered and paid by H-2A employers. (79 FR 75839, 12/19/14)

12/19/2014 - Letter to President Obama Opposing Family Detention Facility in Dilley   (.pdf 568 KB)
A 12/18/14 letter from AILA and over 120 other advocacy organizations to President Obama opposing the opening of the new family detention facility in Dilley, Texas.

12/19/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – December 19, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 19, 2014.

12/18/2014 - USCIS Notice on Implementation of Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program  
USCIS notice on implementation of the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, where certain Haitian beneficiaries of family-based immigrant petitions approved on/before 12/18/14 can be paroled into the U.S. On or after 2/2/15, NVC will send written invitations to apply. (79 FR 75581, 12/18/14)

12/18/2014 - Your AILA8 for December 18, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

12/18/2014 - ACLU Complaint Challenging Obama Administration for Detaining Asylum Seekers as Intimidation Tactic   (.pdf 583 KB)
Nationwide class-action lawsuit filed by the ACLU seeking injunctive and declaratory relief, challenging the Obama Administration’s policy of detaining asylum-seeking mothers and children to intimidate others from coming to the U.S. (R.I.L.R. v. Johnson, 12/16/14)

12/18/2014 - DOS Cable on Revised Reciprocity Fee Schedule for Brazil   (.pdf 456 KB)
DOS cable, effective immediately, with a revised reciprocity fee schedule for Brazil, for the nonimmigrant I visa category for media and journalists. All other visa validities and fees for nationals of Brazil remain unchanged.

12/18/2014 - DOS Cable on Revised Reciprocity Fee Schedule for Armenia   (.pdf 460 KB)
DOS cable, effective 1/1/15, with a revised reciprocity fee schedule for Armenia, for various nonimmigrant visa categories. All other visa validities and fees for nationals of Armenia remain unchanged.

12/18/2014 - 2014 Visa Reciprocity Changes (Updated 12/18/14)  
DOS updates the visa reciprocity tables, including updated information for Brazil and Albania.

12/18/2014 - AIM: AILA's Year in Review  
For December's Interview of the Month, AILA Executive Director Crystal Williams reflects on accomplishments and disappointments from 2014 and looks ahead to what's in store for 2015.

12/18/2014 - Supreme Court Order Allows DACA Beneficiaries in Arizona to Obtain Driver’s Licenses (Updated 12/18/14)   (.pdf 475 KB)
The court issued an order denying application for stay requested by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Ninth Circuit’s decision blocking Arizona driver’s licenses ban for DACA beneficiaries.

12/18/2014 - White House Fact Sheet on Re-Establishment of Diplomatic Relations with Cuba   (.pdf 586 KB)
White House fact sheet on key components of the updated policy approach with Cuba, including the re-establishment of an embassy in Havana, adjustment of travel and remittance policies, and more.

12/18/2014 - USCIS Information on the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration (Updated 12/18/14)   (.pdf 586 KB)
USCIS information on the initiatives included in the President’s 11/20/14 executive actions on immigration, included are summaries of the planned initiatives by USCIS with who is eligible, what the initiatives will do, when a request can be made, and how to make that request.

12/18/2014 - Get Three AILA Recordings...Pay for One  
Recordings of AILA audio and web seminars offering expert insights, practical solutions, and proven strategies on issues you face every day... and can help you fulfill CLE credit requirements. Buy one, get two free by entering coupon code 2014Seminar when you check out. Offer expires on 12/30/14.

12/18/2014 - USCIS Provides E-mail Address for Special Immigrant Juvenile Program Questions  
USCIS provides an e-mail address for state juvenile courts and child welfare agencies to submit general questions about the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program. E-mail address can also be used to submit requests for a USCIS representative to speak about the SIJ program.

12/18/2014 - The Best of 2014: AILA’s Top 25 Practice Success Tips  
AILA’s weekly PSTs can solve problems big and small, or confirm that your firm or office is already on the right track. These small nuggets of information are quick to read, easy to digest, and often simple to implement in your firm, office, or practice. So what are you waiting for?

12/18/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – December 18, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 18, 2014.

12/18/2014 - CBP Announces New Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations   (.pdf 801 KB)
CBP announcement on the selection of Mr. Todd C. Owen as Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations (OFO), who will oversee operations involving national security, traveler admissibility and immigration, customs, and commercial trade, and is expected to assume duties in February 2015.

12/18/2014 - ‘Twas the Night Before Immigration Reform  
Immigration poem to celebrate the holiday season. Courtesy of Sarah Duckham.

12/18/2014 - DOS Alert: Online Immigrant Visa Fee Processing Errors (Updated12/18/14)  
AILA has alerted the NVC about the problems members are experiencing when attempting to pay the online Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee. AILA will be posting updates as more information becomes available.

12/18/2014 - USCIS Notice of Changes to Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program  
USCIS notice that as of 2/17/15, USCIS will being requiring the filing of a Form I-131 and the payment of a filing fee or approval of a fee waiver request from individuals applying under the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program on behalf of a beneficiary in Cuba. (79 FR 75579, 12/18/14)

12/17/2014 - Your AILA8 for December 17, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

12/17/2014 - AILA/CBP Liaison Q&As (11/21/14)   (.pdf 715 KB)
Official questions and answers from the 11/21/14 AILA liaison meeting with CBP. Topics include body cameras, use of force training, temperatures at CBP detention facilities, credible fear interviews, I-94 automation, blanket L validity, FOIAs, ARO, Trusted Traveler, and advance parole.

12/17/2014 - AILA: Administration Turns Its Back on American Values with Mammoth New Family Prison  
AILA President Leslie A. Holman expressed outrage over the opening of the Dilley family detention center noting that for families, “Moving from a make-shift prison to one run by the private prison industry brings no more humanity to an inhumane situation.”

12/17/2014 - Urgent Call for DACA Denial Examples  
AIC is looking for sympathetic examples of DACA applications that have been denied where the following checkbox on the template denial is marked: “You have not established that you warrant a favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion.” Responses needed by 12/18/14.

12/17/2014 - DOL Notice of Intent to Issue Declaratory Order (Updated 12/17/14)  
DOL notice of its intent to issue a declaratory order confirming that it has exclusive authority to make legal and policy determinations based on its authority to administer and enforce the H-2B program. Comments are due by 1/16/15. Notice is effective 12/17/14. (79 FR 75179, 12/17/14)

12/17/2014 - District Court Says Parts of President Obama’s Immigration Actions Are Unconstitutional   (.pdf 237 KB)
The district court, in considering how to sentence a defendant in a criminal case, held that the President’s executive action on immigration is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of powers and the Take Care Clause in the U.S. Constitution. (U.S. v. Juarez-Escobar, 12/16/14)

12/17/2014 - DOS Cable on Revised Reciprocity Fee Schedule for Albania   (.pdf 457 KB)
DOS cable, effective 12/18/14, with a revised reciprocity fee schedule for Albania, for various nonimmigrant visa categories. All other visa validities and fees for nationals of Albania remain unchanged.

12/17/2014 - CBP Launches Border Wait Time App   (.pdf 510 KB)
CBP press release announcing the release of the Border Wait Time app, which provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land ports of entry. Travelers can also compare wait times across three ports of entry and map the best route. The app is available for free.

12/17/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – December 17, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 17, 2014.

12/17/2014 - EOIR Releases New Form EOIR-31A   (.pdf 465 KB)
EOIR announcement that effective immediately, applications for accreditation under 8 C.F.R. §1292.2 may be submitted using a new voluntary Form EOIR-31A, Request by Organization for Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representative.

12/17/2014 - DOS Continued Designation of Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a Foreign Terrorist Organization  
DOS notice of the extension of the 2008 determination of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (and other aliases) as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to Section 219 of the INA. (79 FR 75227, 12/17/14)

12/16/2014 - DHS Fact Sheet on Department of Justice Racial Profiling Guidance   (.pdf 491 KB)
DHS fact sheet on U.S. Department of Justice racial profiling guidance and its application to Department of Homeland Security activities.

12/16/2014 - Your AILA8 for December 16, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

12/16/2014 - AILA Rome District Chapter 2015 Spring CLE Conference  
April 29 - May 1, 2015
Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel
Rome, Italy

This event is being presented by AILA’s Rome District Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.

12/16/2014 - AILA Liaison Seeking Examples of Lockbox Receipting Delays  
AILA Liaison is seeking examples of cases that were timely delivered to the USCIS Lockbox but not considered “received” by USCIS until the day after delivery. Specifically, AILA is collecting examples of cases that were negatively impacted by the delay.

12/16/2014 - Call to All AILA Members: Questions Sought for 1/15/15 NSC Stakeholder Teleconference.  
AILA's Nebraska Service Center (NSC) Liaison Committee requests agenda items from all AILA members to present to the NSC at a teleconference on business issues. Topics include: premium processing, I-140s, I-360s, I-824s as appropriate, and more.

12/16/2014 - Practice Pointer: Dealing with U.K. Cautions at the U.S. Embassy (Updated 12/16/14)   (.pdf 610 KB)
DOS Liaison Committee practice pointer outlining new guidance regarding the treatment of UK “cautions” – issued for certain minor offenses as an alternative to prosecution – at the U.S. Embassy in London, which may affect an applicant’s inadmissibility and whether a waiver is required.

12/16/2014 - FY2015 H-2B Cap Count (Updated 12/16/14)  
As of 12/12/14, USCIS receipted 19,247 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-2B cap for the first half of FY2015. This count includes 15,579 approved and 3,668 pending beneficiaries. Information for the second half of FY2015 is also included.

12/16/2014 - Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim (12/10/14)  
DOS Liaison Committee series of monthly “check-ins” with Charlie Oppenheim, designed to keep members informed of Visa Bulletin progress and to obtain his analysis of current trends and future projections, beyond the basic visa availability updates provided in the monthly Visa Bulletin.

12/16/2014 - AAO Dismisses O-1B Appeal, Finding Ballroom Dance A Sport   (.pdf 7840 KB)
In an unpublished AAO decision, the AAO dismissed an O-1B appeal, finding that the competitive nature, International Olympic Committee recognition, and the intensive physical training and fitness requirements makes competitive ballroom dance falls within the field of athletics rather than the arts.

12/16/2014 - AILA's Top 25 Practice Success Tips of 2014  
Find the best tips of 2014 on firm management, technology, finance and marketing. From what to do if you think you screwed up a client matter to questions to ask yourself when considering retirement, from negotiating on your fees to tips on a great headshot, there is something here for everyone!

12/16/2014 - USCIS Notice of Additional Comment Period for Form G-845  
USCIS 30-day notice of an additional comment period for the Document Verification Request and Supplement (Form G-845). Comments are now due 1/15/15. (79 FR 74760, 12/16/14)

12/16/2014 - DHS Notice of Foreign Countries Eligible to Participate in H-2A and H-2B Programs  
DHS notice with foreign countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant worker programs. For the first time, nationals from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal, and Sweden are eligible to participate. Effective 1/18/15. (79 FR 74735, 12/16/14)

12/16/2014 - CA9 Says BIA Decision Denying Some Claims and Remanding Others Is Not Final   (.pdf 555 KB)
The court held when the BIA issues a decision that denies some claims, but remands any other claims, the BIA decision is not a final order of removal with regard to any of the claims, and it does not trigger the 30-day window to file a petition for review. (Abdisalan v. Holder, 12/15/14)

12/16/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – December 16, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 16, 2014.

12/15/2014 - There’s Still Time! Take the 2014 AILA Member Pro Bono Pledge  
Did you pledge your heart and time to providing pro bono immigration legal services this year? You can still take the 2014 AILA Member Pro Bono Pledge through 12/31/14! End the year on a high note and allow us to toast your achievements in 2015.

12/15/2014 - AILA Quicktake #112: Omnibus Passes in Congress  
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen discusses the $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed in Congress this weekend and what to look for next.

12/15/2014 - USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Business Issues  
USCIS invitation to a 1/15/15 NSC teleconference on business issues. Registration information will be provided closer to the date of the event.

12/15/2014 - Your AILA8 for December 15, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

12/15/2014 - Immigration Politics 2014  
AILA Advocacy Department's daily immigration reform update.

12/15/2014 - Update on New H-2 Appointment System for U.S. Embassy in Mexico  
On 12/8/14, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico rolled out a new H-2 appointment system.

12/15/2014 - USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on DACA Renewal Process   (.pdf 570 KB)
USCIS invitation to a 12/18/14 stakeholder teleconference to discuss the DACA renewal process. USCIS officials will share information on the DACA renewal process and the extended DACA validity period, as well as be available to answer questions.

12/15/2014 - Family Detention- Asylum Grant Examples (Updated 12/15/14)   (.pdf 615 KB)
Compilation of case examples of mothers and children at the Artesia family detention center who have been granted asylum.

12/15/2014 - Did You Miss the AILA Web Seminar on Nonimmigrant Options for Smaller Businesses?  
Did you miss the recent AILA web seminar on the nonimmigrant visa classification options for smaller businesses? Seminar included tips for handling issues unique to start-up organizations, entrepreneurs, and more. Download the seminar, and listen anytime, anywhere.

12/15/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – December 15, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 15, 2014.

12/12/2014 - Your AILA8 for December 12, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

12/12/2014 - Practice Pointer: Changing Venue in LGBT K Visa Processing   (.pdf 511 KB)
The AILA DOS Liaison Committee alerts members to new procedures for requesting a change of venue for K visa processing in cases where the safety of the LGBT applicant may be at issue if he or she is made to return “home” to appear for an interview.

12/12/2014 - Nebraska Service Center Processing Time Report (12/11/14)   (.pdf 625 KB)
NSC Processing Time Report released on 12/11/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14.

12/12/2014 - Call for Examples: Problem I-864 Affidavit of Support RFEs  
AILA is seeking examples of Requests for Evidence issued by the NBC where it appears that the NBC has misinterpreted the I-864 affidavit of support requirements.

12/12/2014 - EB-5 Processing Time Report (12/11/14)   (.pdf 555 KB)
EB-5 Processing Time Report released on 12/11/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14.

12/12/2014 - National Benefits Center Processing Time Report (12/11/14)   (.pdf 563 KB)
NBC Processing Time Report released on 12/11/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14.

12/12/2014 - Vermont Service Center Processing Time Report (12/11/14)   (.pdf 635 KB)
VSC Processing Time Report released on 12/11/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14.

12/12/2014 - Texas Service Center Processing Time Report (12/11/14)   (.pdf 616 KB)
TSC Processing Time Report released on 12/11/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14.

12/12/2014 - California Service Center Processing Time Report (12/11/14)   (.pdf 502 KB)
CSC Processing Time Report released on 12/11/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14. Updated processing times for Form I-539 and Form I-765 are listed.

12/12/2014 - Summary of EB-5 Stakeholder Meeting (12/5/14)   (.pdf 573 KB)
Summary of the 12/5/14 USCIS EB-5 stakeholder meeting. Topics include highlights of FY2014, processing times, currency exchange transactions, changes in RC affiliation, retrogression, job creation, SEC, ELIS, source of funds, and investments.

12/12/2014 - EOIR Immigration Court Closings for 2014 (Updated 12/12/14)  
EOIR alert that the Buffalo Immigration Court and the non-detained San Francisco Immigration Court are closed on 12/12/14.

12/12/2014 - DHS OIG Alert on Safety Issues at ICE Facility in San Pedro, CA   (.pdf 781 KB)
DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) management alert on 12/11/14 identifying serious safety issues at the San Pedro, CA Service Processing Center and recommending that the building be vacated immediately until all safety issues are corrected or until ICE determines the facility is safe.

12/12/2014 - Letter From USCIS on Use of AACRAO EDGE Database   (.pdf 983 KB)
Letter from USCIS stating that it considers all opinions provided by evaluation services, the information in EDGE is not binding on USCIS, and that it does not endorse or encourage the use of EDGE over other types of credible resource material.

12/12/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – December 12, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 12, 2014.

12/11/2014 - USCIS Approves 10,000 U Visas for 6th Straight Fiscal Year   (.pdf 477 KB)
USCIS announcement that it has approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 petitions for U-1 nonimmigrant status for FY2015. It will continue to review pending petitions for eligibility and notify eligible individuals that they are on a waiting list. USCIS will resume issuing U visas on 10/1/15.

12/11/2014 - GAO Report on Recommendations Relating to the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act   (.pdf 3148 KB)
GAO report recommending that DOS provide training to consular officers on the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA) documentation requirements. GAO also recommends that USCIS ensure that all IMBRA-related data be captured with the planned electronic release of the I-129F petition.

12/11/2014 - Your AILA8 for December 11, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

12/11/2014 - Reminder of Upcoming Federal Government Holiday Closings  
Reminder of the days that the federal government offices are closed between now and January 2015.

12/11/2014 - VOICE: December 2014  
In the December 2014 VOICE, learn about the importance of a solid game plan when handling removal cases, one attorney and mother’s path to starting her own practice, tips on pursuing an internship, the benefits of AILA’s liability insurance, and more!

12/11/2014 - Take a Stand: Improving Your Health and Productivity  
Did you know that sitting all day has been directly linked with a significant range of health problems? This problem is intensified in professionals such as attorneys who spend on average more than six hours a day sitting. Have better health and a more productive workday with this PST.

12/11/2014 - BIA Orders Further Consideration of Derivative Citizenship Claim  
Unpublished BIA decision orders further consideration of derivative citizenship claim under former INA 321(a)(3) where IJ erroneously found respondent had to submit court-issued documentation establishing parents’ legal separation. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Bordamonte, 10/8/14)

12/11/2014 - BIA Holds Detainee Transfer Does Not Divest IJs of Jurisdiction Over Bond Proceedings  
Unpublished BIA decision finds IJ erred in finding lack of jurisdiction to consider bond request of respondent transferred out of state, notes that the INA does not tie authority to hear bond cases to geographic location of respondent. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Cerda Reyes, 10/7/14)

12/11/2014 - Did You Miss the AILA Audio Seminar on Pitfalls in Naturalization?  
Did you miss the recent AILA audio seminar on the pitfalls in naturalization? A naturalization application may reveal long-forgotten issues that can come back to negatively affect the applicant. Listen to this seminar to learn how to make sure your client’s past does not haunt them.

12/11/2014 - NVC Now Accepting Forms in Blue or Black Ink  
AILA Liaison has learned that the DOS National Visa Center is now accepting Forms I-864, Affidavit of Support and other forms that have been completed and/or signed in either blue or black ink.

12/11/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – December 11, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 11, 2014.

12/10/2014 - Your AILA8 for December 10, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

12/10/2014 - Did You Miss the AILA Audio Seminar on How to Fight a Monster Denial?  
Did you miss the recent AILA web seminar on how to fight a denial based on an I-130, I-485 application for adjustment of status based on an I-130 petition, family-based removal, or cancellation of removal case? If so, download the recording and listen anytime, anywhere that’s convenient to you!

12/10/2014 - BIA Holds Connecticut Third Degree Burglary Statute Not Generic Burglary, May Be Crime of Violence  
Unpublished BIA decision holds third degree burglary under Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann 53a-103 is not an aggravated felony “burglary offense” but remands to consider whether it is a “crime of violence.” Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Genego, 10/2/14)

12/10/2014 - BIA Reverses IJ for Considering Order of Restitution Under Modified Categorical Approach  
Unpublished BIA decision holds grand theft under Fla. Stat. 812.014(1) is not a categorical aggravated felony theft offense and that IJ was not permitted to consider order of restitution under the modified categorical approach. Special thanks to IRAC. (Matter of Thompson, 10/1/14)

12/10/2014 - BIA on Continuous Physical Presence for Cancellation of Removal   (.pdf 561 KB)
The BIA held an alien’s departure from the U.S. following a criminal conviction for illegal entry under INA §275(a)(1), interrupts 10-year period of continuous physical presence required to establish cancellation under INA §240A(b)(1). Matter of Velasquez-Cruz, 26 I&N, Dec. 445 (BIA 2014)

12/10/2014 - GMS International Lawyers List (Updated 12/10/14)   (.pdf 587 KB)
GMS Members have access to a list of licensed and qualified immigration law practitioners for jurisdictions other than the United States.

12/10/2014 - Practice Alert: Erroneous USCIS Case Status E-mails  
AILA members report receiving outdated or erroneous USCIS case status e-mails for pending applications and petitions. AILA has contacted USCIS about this issue and will report back with additional information as soon as it becomes available.

12/10/2014 - Please Use: AILA Members’ LTE Template on Admin Relief and Family Detention  
AILA members are urged to personalize and submit this template Letter to the Editor (LTE) in response to articles mentioning the President’s recent executive action on immigration to draw attention to the need to end family detention. Please contact AILA staff (newsroom@aila.org) with questions.

12/10/2014 - Selected News Clips on Artesia Pro Bono Efforts (Updated 12/10/14)  
Want to see the Artesia Pro Bono Project impact? Check out these selected clips chronicling the work of the volunteers and the plight of the mothers and children detained there, from national outlets to local press. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors – past, present, and future.

12/10/2014 - DOJ Guidance Regarding Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies   (.pdf 576 KB)
DOJ guidance for federal law enforcement agencies regarding use of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity, noting circumstances relating to border security and immigration in which officers may rely on information about a listed characteristic.

12/10/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – December 10, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 10, 2014.

12/9/2014 - Your AILA8 for December 9, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

12/9/2014 - DOS Annual Immigrant Visa Waiting List Report   (.pdf 333 KB)
DOS annual report of immigrant visa applicants in the family- and employment-based preferences registered at the National Visa Center as of 11/1/14.

12/9/2014 - Visa Bulletin for January 2015   (.pdf 328 KB)
DOS Visa Bulletin for January 2015. There is slight forward movement in most categories, except employment-based second preference India, which remained at 2/15/05.

12/9/2014 - AILA Statement for Senate Judiciary Hearing on Keeping Families Together   (.pdf 558 KB)
AILA statement submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 12/10/14 hearing on " Keeping Families Together: The President’s Executive Action On Immigration And The Need To Pass Comprehensive Reform."

12/9/2014 - DOL Update on H-2B Prevailing Wage Determinations   (.pdf 480 KB)
DOL alert that effective 12/8/14, DOL will no longer issue H-2B prevailing wage determinations (PWD) based on employer-provided wage surveys in response to the 12/5/14 CATA v. Solis court order. Pending PWDs seeking to utilize employer-provided surveys will be given appropriate OES wages.

12/9/2014 - Litigation Timeline: H-2B Prevailing Wage Methodology (Updated 12/9/14)  
Timeline of major court and agency actions in response to litigation challenging DOL’s methodology for determining prevailing wages for the H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker program.

12/9/2014 - Did You Miss the AILA Web Seminar on H-1B/LCA Compliance Issues?  
Did you miss the recent AILA web seminar that discussed an employer's obligations related to the LCA and Public Access File, and how you can best advise the employer-client to comply with the regulatory obligations. Download and listen anytime, anywhere.

12/9/2014 - AILA Leadership Blog: The Happiest Day Still Shadowed by Injustice  
AILA Member Paul Parsons shares his joy at helping a client and her toddler successfully request bond at the Karnes Detention Center and urges AILA members “to step forward to oppose family detention and help these clients who so desperately need our advocacy and protection.”

12/9/2014 - AILA Philadelphia Chapter Annual CLE Conference  
March 27, 2015
Hyatt at the Bellevue
Philadelphia, PA

This event is being presented by AILA’s Philadelphia Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.

12/9/2014 - CBP Requests Comments on Forms I-94/I-94W and ESTA  
CBP request for comments on the Arrival and Departure Record (Forms I-94 and I-94W) and the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Notice includes list of new questions and questions that were changed to mandatory on the ESTA application. Comments due by 2/9/15. (79 FR 73096, 12/9/14)

12/9/2014 - USCIS Additional Comment Request Period for Form I-612  
USCIS notice allowing an additional 30 days for comments on the Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement of Section 212(2) of the INA (Form I-612). Comments are now due 1/8/15. (79 FR 73092, 12/9/14)

12/9/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – December 9, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 9, 2014.

12/9/2014 - Let Your VOICE Be Heard! Write for AILA’s Online Magazine, VOICE: An Immigration Dialogue   (.pdf 638 KB)
Writing for VOICE is a fantastic way to share your expertise with your peers and raise your visibility. Contact voice@aila.org to propose articles between 500 and 700 words on family– and employment-based immigration, as well as on humanitarian relief and practice management.

12/9/2014 - USCIS Office Closings for 2014 (Updated 12/9/14)  
USCIS alert that the USCIS Manila Field Office is closed due to the threat of heavy rain and flooding caused by Typhoon Hagupi.

12/8/2014 - Your AILA8 for December 8, 2014  
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

12/8/2014 - IJ Grants Withholding to Single Mother Fleeing Violence in Guatemala (Updated 12/8/14)   (.pdf 816 KB)
The IJ granted withholding to a single Guatemalan woman and asylum to her two children, after giving de minimus weight to the record of sworn statement completed by CBP, which stated that the respondent was coming to the United States to work and had no fear of return. Courtesy of Jacquelyn Kline.

12/8/2014 - AAO Processing Time Report (12/1/14)   (.pdf 553 KB)
AAO Processing Times as of December 1, 2014. All forms remain current.

12/8/2014 - CRS Report on U.S. Family-Based Immigration Policy   (.pdf 980 KB)
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report providing an examination of family-based U.S. immigration policy, including historical policies, current developments, findings from earlier congressionally mandated commission, potential legislative and policy issues, and recommendations.

12/8/2014 - Chicago Chapter – USCIS Chicago Field Office Minutes (11/25/14)   (.pdf 1769 KB)
Minutes from an 11/25/14 AILA Chicago Chapter meeting with the Chicago Field Office. Topics include: processing times, mandamus litigation cases, prosecutorial discretion and unlawful voting, change of address immediately after an interview, NTA after I-601 denial, and affidavits of support.

12/8/2014 - DOS Chart on Significant Source Countries of Immigrant Orphans for FY2005-FY2014   (.pdf 187 KB)
DOS chart on significant source countries of IR-3, IR-4, IH-3, and IH-4 Immigrant visas issued to orphans for FY2005 through FY2014.

12/8/2014 - DOS Chart on Immediate Relative Visas Issued for FY2005-FY2014   (.pdf 220 KB)
DOS chart on immediate relative immigrant visas issued by applicants’ area of birth for FY2005 through FY2014.

12/8/2014 - DOS Chart on Immediate Relative Visas Issued for FY2014   (.pdf 228 KB)
DOS chart on immediate relative immigrant visas issued by area of birth for FY2014, showing a total of 185,130 immediate relative immigrant visas issued for FY2014.

12/8/2014 - DOS Chart on Summary of Visas Issued for FY2014 by Issuing Office   (.pdf 230 KB)
DOS chart with summary of immigrant visas issued for FY2014 by issuing office, showing a total of 467,374 visas issued for FY2014.

12/8/2014 - DOS Chart on Immigrant Visas Issued for FY2014   (.pdf 236 KB)
DOS chart with immigrant visas issued by foreign state of chargeability or place of birth for FY2014, showing a total of 467,370 immigrant visas issued for FY2014.

12/8/2014 - Do You Have a “Former Gang Member” Case on Appeal to a Circuit Court? Tell the AILA Amicus Committee!  
AILA's Amicus Committee seeks asylum/withholding cases currently on appeal to a circuit court, where the BIA has applied its recent precedent, Matter of W-G-R-, 26 I&N Dec. 208 (BIA 2014) and refused to recognize a proposed "particular social group" composed of former gang members.

12/8/2014 - USCIS Detroit Announces New Customer Service E-Mail Addresses   (.pdf 502 KB)
Detroit District/Field Office announces five new customer service e-mail addresses to use to make inquiries or requests for service on cases that are outside of processing times, to reschedule or request special accommodations for interviews, or to provide address changes for applications/petitions.

12/8/2014 - National Benefits Center Processing Time Report (12/5/14)   (.pdf 561 KB)
NBC Processing Time Report released on 12/5/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14.

12/8/2014 - Vermont Service Center Processing Time Report (12/5/14)   (.pdf 633 KB)
VSC Processing Time Report released on 12/5/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14.

12/8/2014 - Texas Service Center Processing Time Report (12/5/14)   (.pdf 615 KB)
TSC Processing Time Report released on 12/5/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14.

12/8/2014 - Nebraska Service Center Processing Time Report (12/5/14)   (.pdf 623 KB)
NSC Processing Time Report released on 12/5/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14.

12/8/2014 - California Service Center Processing Time Report (12/5/14)   (.pdf 640 KB)
CSC Processing Time Report released on 12/5/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14.

12/8/2014 - AILA Comments on DOS Exchange Visitor Program – General Provisions Final Rule   (.pdf 744 KB)
AILA’s comments regarding the final rule published 10/6/14 amending the general rules governing the Exchange Visitor Program.

12/8/2014 - EB-5 Processing Time Report (12/5/14)   (.pdf 552 KB)
EB-5 Processing Time Report released on 12/5/14 with processing dates as of 10/31/14.

12/8/2014 - Daily Immigration News Clips – December 8, 2014  
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on December 8, 2014.

12/8/2014 - CA2 Finds Economic Harm May Amount to Fear of Future Persecution   (.pdf 670 KB)
The court granted the petition as it pertained to feared future persecution, finding that imposition of an extraordinarily severe fine, even without payment, can support an alien’s well-founded fear of future economic persecution if returned to his native country. (Chen v. Holder, 12/5/14)

12/8/2014 - CA3 Says 20 CFR §655.10(f) and 2009 H-2B Wage Guidance Violate APA   (.pdf 743 KB)
The court vacated 20 CFR §655.10(f) and the 2009 H-2B Wage Guidance, which authorizes employers to use privately-funded wage surveys to set the prevailing market wage for H-2B workers, finding it arbitrary and capricious and in violation of the APA. (CATA v. DOL, 12/5/14)

12/8/2014 - Anti-Notario Administrative Relief PSA (Updated 12/8/14)  
AILA National encourages its members and the public to share these print Public Service Announcements (PSAs) with their communities to warn against scammers who take advantage of vulnerable immigrants and spread misinformation.

> Additional Recent Postings