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Tracking New Court Reporting Requirements on Lawyer AI Use

This article from AILA's Practice and Professionalism Center provides an overview of new requirements on AI use in immigration law.

4/19/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041904.
FR Regulations & Notices

DOS Notice of New Exchange Visitor Program for Japan

DOS notice of a new Japan Specialist Program in accordance with existing Exchange Visitor Program regulations (22 CFR part 62), including regulations applying to the Specialist category (22 CFR §62.26). (89 FR 28839, 4/19/24)

4/19/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041903.
Tutorial Videos, Professional Resources

AILA Moment of Mindfulness – Mindful Walking

Mindful walking is an excellent way to get out of a stressful and anxious head and feel your feet upon the earth. With walking meditation, the point is to arrive in the present moment with each step. Practice walking mindfully with this AILA Moment of Mindfulness Recording.

4/19/24 AILA Doc. No. 19083030. Practice Management, Well-Being

Practice Alert: USCIS Responds to AILA Inquiry with respect to Filing Fees for Form I-129

As a result of a recent AILA inquiry, USCIS has advised that the Fee Schedule for I-129 has been updated to indicate the correct information for H-1B and H-1B1 petitions.

4/19/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041902.
Immigration News

Daily Immigration News Clips – April 19, 2024

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on April 19, 2024.

4/19/24

Call for Examples: Delayed or Missing Biometrics Requests and/or Receipt Notices for Defensive Asylum

AILA seeks examples of delayed biometrics requests for Defensive Asylum applicants to provide to the Office of the Ombudsman. Examples must be received by no later than May 19, 2024, 11:59pm (local time).

4/19/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041901.
Agency Memos & Announcements

USCIS Reaches Cap for Additional Returning Worker H-2B Visas for Early Second Half of FY2024

USCIS received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 19,000 H-2B visas for returning workers for the early second half of FY2024 with start dates from 4/1/24 to 5/14/24. USCIS is still accepting petitions for the additional country-specific allocation of 20,000 H-2B visas.

4/19/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041900. H-2B Temporary Worker
AILA Announcements

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When you complete AILA's biennial membership survey, you're eligible to be entered to win one of three free AILA publication offers or one of three free AILA online course registrations. The survey closes Sunday. Take it now so you don't miss out on your chance to win! (Terms apply.)

4/19/24
AILA Announcements

Confidently and Successfully Defend Your Clients against Removal

The new edition of Representing Clients in Immigration Court arms you with the tips, strategies, and practical advice you need to achieve good outcomes for clients. From the anatomy of a removal hearing to judicial review of removal orders—plus everything in between—this book covers it all!

AILA Announcements

¿Hablas español básico? Looking for a chance to expand your expertise?

This course focuses on more advanced terminology and topics involving immigration law in the United States. Building on the general Spanish for Lawyers course, the sessions will run from April 22 to June 28, 2024, and require a weekly commitment of 5 to 10 hours of coursework.

4/19/24
Featured Issues

Featured Issue: Form ETA-9089 in DOL’s FLAG System

On 6/1/23, DOL officially implemented the new ETA 9089, Application for Permanent Labor Certification, into the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) system. AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee provides a compilation resources relevant to this change.

4/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 23071923. Business Immigration, Labor Certification (Permanent)
Immigration News

Daily Immigration News Clips – April 18, 2024

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on April 18, 2024.

4/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041801.
Featured Issues

Featured Issue: Assist Individuals Impacted by the Conflict in the Middle East

AILA calls on the Biden Administration to move immediately to support the safety of all people affected by the recent violence in the Middle East. Use this page to find related resources.

4/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 23111304. Admissions & Border, Consular Processing
Cases & Decisions, Federal Court Cases

Asylum Cases on Social Group

This issue-specific page lists published asylum cases that relate to social groups. The page includes published federal court and BIA cases from 2008 to the present. Special thanks to AILA member R. Mark Frey.

4/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 13010150. Asylum
Cases & Decisions, Federal Court Cases

Asylum Cases on Serious Nonpolitical Crime

This issue-specific page lists published asylum cases that relate to serious nonpolitical crimes. The page includes published federal court and BIA cases from 2008 to the present. Special thanks to AILA member R. Mark Frey.

4/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 13010152. Asylum
Cases & Decisions, Federal Court Cases

Asylum Cases on Religion

This issue-specific page lists published asylum cases that relate to religion. The page includes published federal court and BIA cases from 2008 through the present. Special thanks to AILA member R. Mark Frey.

4/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 13010148. Asylum
Cases & Decisions, Federal Court Cases

Asylum Cases on Political Opinion

This issue-specific page lists published asylum cases that relate to persecution on account of political opinion. The page includes published federal court and BIA cases from 2008 to the present. Special thanks to AILA member R. Mark Frey.

4/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 13010147. Asylum
Cases & Decisions, Federal Court Cases

Asylum Cases on Past Persecution

This issue-specific page lists published asylum cases on past persecution. The page includes published federal court and BIA cases from 2008 to the present. Special thanks to AILA member R. Mark Frey.

4/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 20040333. Asylum
Cases & Decisions, Federal Court Cases

Asylum Cases on Miscellaneous

This issue-specific page lists miscellaneous published asylum cases by topic. The page includes published federal court and BIA cases from 2008 to the present. Special thanks to AILA member R. Mark Frey.

4/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 13010144. Asylum
Cases & Decisions, Federal Court Cases

Asylum Cases on Deferral of Removal Under CAT

This issue-specific page lists published asylum cases that relate to deferral of removal under CAT. The page includes published federal court and BIA cases from 2008 to the present. Special thanks to AILA member R. Mark Frey.

4/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 13010141. Asylum
Agency Memos & Announcements

DOS Suspends Visa Services in Haiti

The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has suspended routine visa services in Haiti. DOS provided information on how individuals can request their case be transferred to a new embassy or consulate, how to submit expedite requests, and how intercountry adoption processes have been affected.

AILA Announcements

Tomorrow: Tips for Managing Anxiety Around the Upcoming Election

Join us for this roundtable discussion of the upcoming election, and other uncontrollable stressors, and how it impacts AILA members’ practices and well-being.

4/18/24 Well-Being
AILA Announcements

Registration Now Open: From Bias to Belonging Series

The AILA NY Chapter DEI Committee, co-sponsored with AILA National, is hosting a seminar series to address bias in the legal field. These events aim to equip our members with the knowledge and tools to navigate sensitive issues, foster understanding, and promote inclusivity.

4/18/24
FR Regulations & Notices

USCIS 30-Day Notice and Request for Comment on Proposed Revisions to Form I-918

USCIS 30-day notice and request for comment on proposed revisions to Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status. Comments are due 5/17/24. (89 FR 27439, 4/17/24)

4/17/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041702. T & U Status
FR Regulations & Notices

CBP Final Rule on Procedures for Debarring Vessels

CBP final rule adding procedures regarding DHS’s authority to debar from entering U.S. ports vessels owned or chartered by an entity found to be in violation of certain laws and regulations relating to the performance of longshore work by nonimmigrant crew members. (89 FR 23501, 4/4/24)

4/17/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041701. Admissions & Border
AILA Announcements

AILALink Puts an Entire Immigration Law Library at Your Fingertips

AILALink provides fully searchable access to more than $4,000 in AILA publications, immigration-related statutes and regulations, agency documents, and more. Subscribers also gain access to Fastcase Premium, which provides decisions from state and federal courts, the BIA, BALCA, AAO, ALJ, and more.

4/17/24
Immigration News

Daily Immigration News Clips – April 17, 2024

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on April 17, 2024.

4/17/24
Liaison Minutes

AILA's Liaison Committee Meets with USCIS (3/20/24)

AILA's Liaison Committee met with USCIS on March 20, 2024, to discuss USCIS technology, online accounts, online filing, policy updates, and adjudication updates. Read the agenda and key takeaways.

Cases & Decisions, DOJ/EOIR Cases

BIA Issues Ruling on Regulation Concerning Removal Proceedings Where Respondent Has Credible Fear of Persecution or Torture

The BIA held that 8 CFR §1240.17 applies only to those respondents placed in expedited removal proceedings whose applications for relief and protection were first adjudicated by USCIS and who were then placed in removal proceedings under INA §240. Matter of F–C–S–, 28 I&N Dec. 788 (BIA 2024)

4/17/24 AILA Doc. No. 24040575. Asylum, Expedited Removal, Removal & Relief
Liaison Minutes

AILA Provides Pre-Submitted Q&As from USCIS Spring Conference Panel

AILA provided the pre-submitted Q&As from the USCIS panel of the 2024 Spring Conference on March 22, 2024. Topics included myUSCIS accounts, APIs, expedite requests, field office adjudications, TPS, and the asylum program fee.

AILA Announcements

Does Your Legal Reference Library Have These Essential Resources?

AILA's editions of the INA and CFR feature a user-friendly format with nested text, clear headings, and a comprehensive index. Bundle them with AILA’s Cookbook to save $128 or with Kurzban’s to save $148. Click the drop-down arrow next to a combo to add it to your cart.

4/17/24
Featured Issues

Featured Issue: Immigration Detention and Alternatives to Detention

AILA calls on Congress to significantly reduce and phase out the use of immigration detention for enforcement purposes, including custodial family detention. Learn more about this issue and how you can join the effort.

4/17/24 AILA Doc. No. 21031937. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
AILA Announcements

Overcoming USCIS Errors: Practical Tips and Strategies

Dealing with USCIS errors, incorrect decisions, system glitches, and other bureaucratic inefficiencies can frustrate one. Our panel of experts will provide practical tips and strategies to help preserve your sanity and achieve better outcomes for your clients.

4/17/24
AILA Announcements

Tomorrow: Marijuana-Related Deportability and Inadmissibility Issues

While many states allow the medical or adult recreational use of marijuana, under federal immigration law, cannabis use and possession can have devastating consequences for noncitizens. This seminar will provide an overview of the legal issues surrounding marijuana use through an immigration lens.

Practice Resources

Practice Pointer: Considerations for H-4/L-2 EADs When Bundling with H-1B/L-1 Petitions under the Edakunni Settlement

AILA’s USCIS Case Assistance Committee provides updates regarding processing delays of Edakunni settlement H-4 and L-2 derivatives.

Liaison Minutes

AILA’s CBP Liaison Committee Meets with CBP

The AILA CBP Liaison Committee met with CBP officials in Washington, D.C. on March 21, 2024. Read the agenda and the key takeaways.

4/16/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041609. Admissions & Border
AILA Announcements

We Need Your Insights!

We want your ideas and feedback so we can continue to better serve you. To thank you for your time, upon completing the survey, you will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of six great prizes!

4/16/24
Client Flyers

Client Flyer: Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

AILA provides an easy flyer for you to share with your clients to help them understand the basics the Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. There are two versions available: a generic PDF version and a customizable Word version. Share widely.

Liaison Minutes

AILA Q&As from 2024 DOL Spring Conference Panel

AILA's DOL Liaison Committee provides Q&As from its panel during the 2024 Spring Conference with DOL, including questions covering general processing, prevailing wage determinations, PERM, and H-2 adjudications.

Practice Resources

Practice Pointer: Form I-864 and Form I-864W, Affidavit of Support Filing Tips

Members of the USCIS Case Assistance Committee and the USCIS HQ (Benefits Policy) Committee provide a practice pointer with tips on filing Form I-864 and Form I-864W, following the conclusion of a review of AILA's call for examples.

FR Regulations & Notices

USCIS 30-Day Notice for Comments on USCIS Online Account Access

USCIS 30-day notice for comments on USCIS online account access. Comments are now due by 5/16/24. (89 FR 26901, 4/16/24)

4/16/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041606.
FR Regulations & Notices

USCIS 60-Day Comment Request for Form I-134

USCIS 60-day notice of a revision of a currently approved collection and comment request for Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support. Comments are due by 6/17/24. (89 FR 26900, 4/16/24)

4/16/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041605.

2024 Carolinas Chapter Virtual Business Meeting and CLE

2024 Carolinas Chapter Virtual Business Meeting and CLE
May 3, 2024

This event is being presented by AILA's Carolinas Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.

4/16/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041604.

2024 New England Chapter Conference

2024 New England Chapter Conference
November 8, 2024
Boston, MA

This event is being presented by AILA's New England Chapter. This event is not being organized by the AILA National Office.

4/16/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041603.
FR Regulations & Notices

DOL Request for Comments on H-2B Attestation

DOL request for comments on the Attestation for Employers Seeking to Employ H-2B Nonimmigrant Workers Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, as Extended by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2024 and Other Extensions Act. Comments are due by 5/16/24. (89 FR 26937, 4/16/24)

4/16/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041602. H-2B Temporary Worker
Professional Resources

The Importance of Marketing When You Are Already Too Busy

You may be overly busy today, but marketing needs to continue to bring new clients to your firm next year and beyond. Get pointers from this guide, written by Reid Trautz and Kirby Joseph, to help ensure a positive flow of clients even when the mania subsides.

4/16/24 AILA Doc. No. 18102533. Practice Management
Immigration News

Daily Immigration News Clips – April 16, 2024

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on April 16, 2024.

4/16/24
Congressional Updates, AILA Public Statements

AILA Statement to Senate on ICE's Use of Solitary Confinement

AILA issued a statement for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, "Legacy of Harm: Eliminating the Abuse of Solitary Confinement" on April 16, 2024. AILA states that detention is exceptionally costly and Congress should instead fund effective alternatives.

4/16/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041506. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
AILA Announcements

Tomorrow: Removal Defense Section Call

Join us to explore T-visas as a humanitarian option for clients. The April Removal Defense Section for a discussion on T-visas, including topics such as how T-visas can stop removal proceedings and removal plans, waive unwaivable inadmissibility grounds, and be the solution in complex removal cases.

Liaison Minutes

AILA’s DOS Liaison Committee Meets with DOS

The AILA DOS Liaison Committee met with DOS officials in Washington, DC. During this meeting, issues such as technology matters, stateside visa renewal pilot, LegalNet review, visa appointment processing, including in the Middle East, and EB-5, among others were discussed.

4/15/24 AILA Doc. No. 24022603. Consular Processing