AILA Announcements

Because Great Paralegals Help Make Great Law Firms

AILA University’s self-paced Paralegals Online Course combines a focus on immigration law with lessons on legal research, ethics and professionalism, and client service. It is also a great complement to AILA’s Guide to Immigration Law for Paralegals. Start empowering your paralegal today!

By Popular Demand, the New Edition of The Waivers Book Is Coming Soon in Print and Digital!

An understanding of available waivers is critical to providing effective assistance to clients. The new edition of The Waivers Book features guidance on unlawful presence, misrepresentation, adjustment of status, and more. Coming soon in print and eBook formats—preorder both together to save!

Representing Noncitizens Who Have Been Accused of a Crime

The new edition of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity: A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defendants provides expert guidance on everything from fashioning a plea with immigration consequences in mind, to preparing applications for clients with criminal records. Order now!

Strategies for Life After TPS

As the Trump administration prepares to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for several nationalities, be ready to offer clients sensible options for extending or adjusting their status. Register now for the Jan. 14 web seminar, After TPS Ends: Strategies to Keep Beneficiaries in the United States!

AILA’s Immigration Practice Essentials Combo Provides the Foundation Every Practitioner Needs

Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook includes selected digital updates that make it more relevant than ever, and along with the Immigration & Nationality Act and Immigration Regulations, it forms the rock-solid foundation of immigration law practice. Get them together to save!

Take Action: Urge Your Members of Congress to Support the RELIEF Act

Join AILA in urging members of Congress to support the Senate and House versions of the RELIEF Act, and thank those who introduced the bill.

Save the Date: 2020 AILA Spring Conference

The 2020 AILA Spring Conference will be held at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.) on March 6, 2020. The cut-off date for the AILA hotel rate is January 29, 2020, and we encourage you to make your reservations as early as possible. More details coming soon!

EB-5 Practitioners’ Favorite AILA Resource

Maximize your EB-5 skills and prepare for upcoming changes with AILA's Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs, which includes I-526 guidance, a case-analysis checklist, a model legal services fee agreement, country-specific considerations, and much more. Get your copy today!

Check Out AILA’s GMS International Lawyer Directory

The International Lawyer Directory contains the details of licensed Attorneys, Advocates, Solicitors or Barristers (collectively “Practitioners”) who have provided evidence to AILA that they are qualified to practice immigration law for jurisdictions other than the United States.

Walk-through of the Council’s Upcoming Practice Advisory: Adjustment Applications of TPS Holders

AILA and the Council will be releasing a new Practice Advisory that suggests a number of arguments to overcome these decisions. Please join Mary Kenney, Nicole Simon, and Megan Kludt in an AILA member-exclusive discussion of this Advisory.

Confidently Navigate Consular Processing with Our Trusted Handbook — Coming Soon in Print and Digital Formats

AILA's upcoming new edition of The Consular Practice Handbook includes updated guidance on the travel ban, the new public charge rule, new FAM guidance, B, E, and L visas, and more. Available in print, eBook, and PDF, which you can also order in combos of different formats. Preorder now!

Join the New Member Division to Learn More About AILA U

Join the New Member Division Steering Committee's bimonthly conversations, Sippin' Tea with NMD. These free, 30-minute chats highlight AILA resources, community members, and programming geared towards the New Member Division. This month’s call will take place on 12/18/19.

Catch Up, Revisit Topics, and Complete Your CLE with AILA Recordings

Missed an AILA seminar, in-person conference, or webcast, or just want a refresher on a specific topic? Is your CLE compliance deadline quickly approaching, need CLE credits? You always have the chance to look back and catch up with AILA's recordings. Don't wait until the last minute!

Headed to Federal Court? AILA Has You Covered!

Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court provides guidance on major jurisdictional issues, when and where to file, avoiding dismissals, and more. In tandem with AILA’s Immigration Litigation Toolbox, a practical, downloadable guide, it is a powerful resource. Order today!

Just Added: H-2B Best Practices in Times of Caps and Lotteries

On 12/19/19, our panel of experts will explain how to avoid pitfalls to file timely applications, offer practical tips on submitting H-2B applications in the FLAG system, and discuss trends in H-2B practice at DOL, USCIS, and consular posts. Special member pricing: $99.

Take Action: Oppose USCIS Fee Hikes

Submit a comment on the USCIS proposed regulations that would require applicants and petitioners pay more for less. USCIS proposed fee increase does not remedy the agency’s processing delay. Join AILA in opposing this regulation by submitting a personalized comment. Comments are due 12/16/19.

Join AILA in New York to Meet Chess Grandmaster and Human Rights Champion Garry Kasparov

You won’t want to miss this opportunity: AILA’s keynote speaker for the 21st Annual AILA New York Chapter Symposium in New York City on 12/12/19 is Garry Kasparov. Come join your colleagues for this timely and informative symposium while satisfying ethics, diversity, and skills CLE requirements.

Support the American Immigration Council's Critical Work

AILA and the American Immigration Council have partnered together for more than 30 years. Together, we have strengthened and grown our community, which means that we can aggressively challenge harsh enforcement policies and promote government transparency and accountability. Support this work today.

Refer a Law Student to the Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship Program

If you know law students interested in assisting underserved immigrant communities this summer with a nonprofit, AILA invites you to share information about the 2020 Maggio Summer Fellowship. This fellowship offers law students the opportunity to make a positive impact and gain valuable experience.

Need Advice on Running Your Practice?

Join the conversation and get your questions answered! We know running your own practice can be challenging at times. Benefit from an active classroom with diverse voices during our free Office Hours every Tuesday at 2:00 pm (ET).

All Users Will Need to Pick a New Password

Get prepared for picking a strong, more secure AILA password tomorrow, October 22, 2019. There will also be a system outage from 6:00 -7:00 am (ET) Tuesday morning. Be sure to check out our resources on cybersecurity to improve your own IT security.

Article: Immigrant Advocates Condemn ICE Activity in Kitsap as Racial Profiling

Kitsap Sun reports on local ICE activity and concerns about the expansion of expedited removal. Regarding the latter, AILA Washington Chapter Advocacy Chair Steven Miller said, "It's a huge issue, and the (U.S.) Supreme Court has never really defined where the limits are."
AILA Doc. No. 19092561

Article: America's Shifting Asylum Policies Explained

Voice of America reports on the asylum rule the Supreme Court has allowed the government to begin implementing. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said, "This rule denies people a meaningful chance to seek asylum, putting the lives of asylum seekers back in the hands of their persecutors."
AILA Doc. No. 19092562

Article: USCIS Documents Reveal the Sources of Trump H-1B Visa Restrictions

Forbes reports on a FOIA lawsuit filed against USCIS by the AIC on AILA's behalf. AILA President Marketa Lindt said that documents released by USCIS as a result of the litigation show how the agency shifted its focus in H-1B adjudications, "creating more obstacles for U.S. businesses."
AILA Doc. No. 19092060

The 2020 AILA Midwinter Conference Will Be a Wellness Paradise

Sharpen your skills and learn to avoid burnout at the 2020 AILA Midwinter CLE Conference: A Tropical State of Balance (Advanced Business and Removal Tracks), taking place on January 24, 2020, in beautiful Curaçao. Act now to take advantage of the early-bird discount and the AILA hotel rate!

2019 Marketplace Study Sweepstakes Winners!

Thank you to all the AILA members who took the time out to complete the 2019 AILA Marketplace Study Survey. This study is made possible because of you and we express our gratitude.

Upcoming Web and Audio Seminars

Check out AILA's upcoming web and audio seminars. For live seminar participants, a free downloadable recording of the seminar is included with registration. Topics vary widely, so find a seminar that fits your schedule, and join in from the convenience of your desk!

Featured Issue: SSA No-Match Letters

Members should be mindful that SSA no-match letters can potentially lead to issues related to immigration enforcement and I-9 compliance. Learn more with AILA's resources on employer compliance and enforcement.
AILA Doc. No. 19101009

RAICES Creates Legal Defense Fund for Released and Reunified Families

RAICES established a Legal Defense Fund for Released and Reunified Families to provide stipends to pay for attorney’s fees on behalf of formerly separated families. RAICES is looking for AILA members nationwide who are interested in representing these clients. Learn more about the stipends.
AILA Doc. No. 19050699

What’s Happening?

Have news you want to share with the AILA community? It could be a professional announcement, an award you’ve won, or news of a wedding or a new addition to your family. Send a 500–700-character blurb to AILA today, then check back to see updates from your fellow members on this page.
AILA Doc. No. 15071005

Give Your Paralegals the Resources They Need to Thrive

We don't have to tell you that paralegals play an essential role in your practice's success. AILA has the resources to get your staff up to speed and keep their skills sharp.

Sign Up to Be Referred to Detainees in Need of Representation

Grow your removal defense practice in 2019 and add your name to a list of immigration attorneys to be circulated to detention facilities in your region. Sign up through AILALawyer today to expand your outreach to potential paying clients and increase access to counsel in the new year!

Member Benefit: Free This Month on Agora

Check out AILA's free items for members. This month, listen to a recording on managing stress and avoiding substance abuse, and read the latest update on DACA. Download them today.
AILA Doc. No. 16061690

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the INA

AILA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Immigration & Nationality Act with 15% off the 2015 edition of the INA. Enter INA50ANN during checkout on AILA Agora. This offer excludes previous/existing orders. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires October 13, 2015.