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Use FOIA to Get the Information You Need

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) can be very useful but also challenging. What are the speedy and effective ways of getting the information we need to build a successful case for our clients? Check out these resources for tips and tricks.

Resources for Your Business-Based Immigration Cases

Visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for updates on H-1B, PERM, H-2, and more; register for the free video roundtable Ask BIRT: AILA’s Business Immigration Response Team Addresses Members’ Most Pressing Questions (May 2); and consider our popular resource Business Immigration: Law & Practice.

DOL's OFLC Hiring a Supervisory Program Manager

DOL's Office of Foreign Labor Certification is hiring a supervisory program manager. Among other duties, this position serves as the national subject-matter expert in developing and formulating employment-based immigration legislation, regulations, and policy guidance. Position closes April 7.

Take Action: Close Detained Courts; Protect People from Falling out of Status

Tell your Member of Congress that immigration agencies must close the detained courts, ensure access to counsel for detainees, and protect people from falling out of status during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AILA Has the Resources You Need for Your Family Immigration Cases

Successfully represent your family-based clients during these turbulent times. Learn about the coronavirus pandemic's impact on intercountry adoption; watch free AILA U tutorial videos; and get detailed guidance on visa eligibility, waivers, and more with Immigration Law and the Family.

Build a Firm Foundation for Your Practice with This Online Course

With over 20 hours of interactive content for new immigration attorneys, the AILA Fundamentals Online Course covers humanitarian and asylum issues, family and business immigration, adjustment of status and consular processing, removal and relief, and naturalization and citizenship. Enroll today!

Get the Latest FOIA Tips and Tricks

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) can be very useful but also challenging. What are the speedy and effective ways of getting the information we need? The April 21 web seminar, Advanced FOIA Techniques: Beyond 101, will offer guidance on everything from Form G-369 to FOIA appeals. Sign up now!

How Much Can You Tell a Reporter About Your Client’s Case?

In today’s connected world, it's not uncommon for attorneys to receive media queries. What should you do when they are about a client’s case? AILA U's April 8 video roundtable, How to Respond to Client Example Requests from Media, will offer best practices for talking to reporters. Don't miss out!

Take Action: It's Time to Hold USCIS Accountable for Processing Delays and Backlog

Congress has heard your frustrations about the ever-increasing case processing delays at USCIS! Representatives Cárdenas (D-CA) and Stivers (R-OH) introduced a bipartisan bill that will demand USCIS to address crisis-level delays. Contact your legislators and urge them to pass this bill!

AILA Carefully Monitoring Progression of COVID-19

AILA is carefully monitoring the progression of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and is preparing for the potential impact on our community and Association.
AILA Doc. No. 20030535

Preorder AILA's 2020 Editions of the INA and CFR

Preorders are now available for AILA's 2020 editions of the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA) and Immigration Regulations (CFR). Save nearly 20 percent when you purchase the combo! Preorder your copies today!

Participate in an Asylum Attorney Burnout, Stress, and Trauma Survey

You are invited to participate in the study, “Asylum Attorney Burnout and Stress,” conducted by Lindsay M. Harris, JD, LLM, (University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law) to better understand levels of burnout and stress among immigration attorneys who practice asylum law.

American Immigration Council Number Used for Telephone Spoofing Scam

The American Immigration Council warns noncitizens to guard against spoofing phone calls from ill-intended individuals seeking to create panic among our immigrant community by posing as employees of the Council.

Join AILA’s Call to Hold USCIS Accountable

This National Day of Action (NDA) hundreds of AILA members will be asking Congress to increase transparency and accountability at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Join your colleagues by signing onto this letter to Congress, which will be delivered after NDA.

Join AILA’s Call for Independent Immigration Courts

This National Day of Action (NDA), hundreds of AILA members will be asking Congress to create an independent Article I immigration court. Join your colleagues by signing onto this letter to Congress, which will be delivered after NDA.

Available for Purchase: Index of Unpublished BIA Decisions (2020 Edition)

The Immigrant & Refugee Appellate Center, LLC provides an index containing links to more than 3,000 unpublished BIA decisions. The index is organized by category and updated on a monthly basis. To purchase, email author Ben Winograd at IRAC. Group pricing available.

ICYMI — The Week of March 30 in Review

In case you missed it, AILA provides a list of new, substantive documents posted to during the week of March 30, 2020, as well as the top immigration-related news articles. This page is updated every Friday.

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 first and third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm (ET).

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

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 2020 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!

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.