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Some Basics of Business Immigration to the U.S. in 2023

January 27, 2023 - 11:01

AILA member Stanislav Shamayev walks through some of the basics of business immigration to the U.S., writing that "American immigration law is complex, to put it mildly, but a good immigration attorney can talk through your options and set you up for success."

The post Some Basics of Business Immigration to the U.S. in 2023 first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

New Policy Aims to Expand Noncitizen Worker Protections After Historic Discrimination

January 25, 2023 - 10:44

In this blog post, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Law Student Scholarship recipient Taylor Flores describes the historic discrimination faced by immigrant workers and the new policy from the Biden administration which aims to expand noncitizen worker protections.

The post New Policy Aims to Expand Noncitizen Worker Protections After Historic Discrimination first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

The Maggio Law Student Fellowship Can Open Up a New World for You

January 23, 2023 - 09:30

AILA President Jeremy McKinney urges law students interested in immigration law practice to apply for the Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship Program and highlights six examples of recent fellows as a way to inspire the next generation of law students. Deadline is Feb 10, 2023.

The post The Maggio Law Student Fellowship Can Open Up a New World for You first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

The Toll of Delays – USCIS Allows Nearly 600% Increase in I-601A Waiver Processing Times

January 12, 2023 - 12:11

Using data from AILA member case examples, AILA Liaison Coordinator Jonathan Valdez describes the ripple effect of USCIS’ excessive delay in I-601A processing, noting that the impact "is as profound as it is immeasurable," and urging the implementation of reforms that improve processing times overall.

The post The Toll of Delays – USCIS Allows Nearly 600% Increase in I-601A Waiver Processing Times first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

T Nonimmigrant Visas: An Opportunity to Provide a Path Forward

January 10, 2023 - 12:17

AILA members Helen Tarokic and Jesse Bless describe the current status of the T nonimmigrant visa, created by Congress to protect trafficking victims, noting that given recent updates to the USCIS Policy Manual more asylum and U-visa applicants may be eligible for this often-overlooked visa.

The post T Nonimmigrant Visas: An Opportunity to Provide a Path Forward first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

The “Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability” Explained

December 20, 2022 - 10:22

In a video blog post, AILA Law Journal authors Sabrina Damast and Eric Lee explain what the “Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability” is, why it is important to immigration lawyers, and the current state of the doctrine in federal court litigation.

The post The “Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability” Explained first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

U.S. Government Detention of Asylum Seekers Flouts International Human Rights Law

December 13, 2022 - 11:43

AILA Law Journal authors Curtis F.J. Doebbler and Elisa Fornalé shared some insights from their recent article, “International Human Rights Law and the Detention of Asylum Seekers” which focused on the U.S. practice of detaining asylum seekers and relevant international human rights obligations.

The post U.S. Government Detention of Asylum Seekers Flouts International Human Rights Law first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

With Greater Funding Must Come Great Accountability

December 12, 2022 - 12:47

AILA Policy Associate Paul Stern writes why Congress must provide greater funding and accountability for USCIS to continue addressing its backlogs and processing delays.

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The Death to Asylum Regulations Continue to Harm Asylum Seekers Even Though They Are Enjoined

December 9, 2022 - 11:21

AILA member Victoria Neilson writes about the “Death to Asylum” regulations and their continued impact on practitioners and asylum seekers ahead of the two-year anniversary of these Trump-era regulations being published on 12/11/20.

The post The Death to Asylum Regulations Continue to Harm Asylum Seekers Even Though They Are Enjoined first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

We Must Protect Children in Immigration Proceedings

December 6, 2022 - 11:00

AILA Law Journal authors Lory D. Rosenberg, Susan G. Roy, Paul Schmidt, and Rekha Sharma-Crawford share some insights about their article, “Time for a Child Welfare Approach to Cancellation of Removal” in which they focused on how the best interests of the child are routinely ignored.

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RFE – The Acronym that Continues to Confound and Bewilder Practitioners

November 30, 2022 - 12:01

AILA member Vaman Kidambi shares insights into the confusion surrounding "Requests for Evidence" (RFEs) and how seemingly extremely similar, if not identical, cases result in different outcomes, urging USCIS to reengage with stakeholders on this issue.

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What’s the Deal with the Unlawful Presence Bars?

November 29, 2022 - 10:39

AILA Law Journal author Martin Robles-Avila shared some insights from his recent article, “At Long Last, USCIS Meets the Moment: A Brief History of the Unlawful Presence Bars” in which he dives into where things stand on these bars which impact so many individuals.

The post What’s the Deal with the Unlawful Presence Bars? first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

Why Everyone Should Care About the “Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability”

November 22, 2022 - 11:06

AILA Law Journal authors Sabrina Damast and Eric Lee shared some insights from their recent article on “Consular Nonreviewability: Fifty Years Since Kleindienst v. Mandel” in which they focused on this important concept and its implications for many families trying to reunite.

The post Why Everyone Should Care About the “Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability” first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

I Ran the NYC Marathon and This is What I Learned

November 18, 2022 - 10:21

AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Evangeline Chan shares her recent experience running the NYC marathon and how it brought hope, that "we can all lean in to that human connection and learn that no matter where you are from, you can find common ground with the person next to you."

The post I Ran the NYC Marathon and This is What I Learned first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

Why the AILA Law Journal is Important

November 15, 2022 - 12:53

AILA Law Journal Editor-in-Chief Cyrus Mehta shares insights into the new edition of the AILA Law Journal and why he feels it is so important for AILA members to write, share their expertise, and educate the immigration bar and wider audiences.

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The Clearly Uneven Vetting of U.S. Visa Applicants from Iran

November 11, 2022 - 10:16

AILA members Roujin Mozaffarimehr and Ally Bolour urge the Biden administration to address the clearly uneven vetting of Iranian nationals seeking to immigrate to the U.S. as worldwide attention focuses on the continued protests and upheaval in Iran.

The post The Clearly Uneven Vetting of U.S. Visa Applicants from Iran first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

The Fundamentals Matter

November 10, 2022 - 10:28

AILA Fundamentals Conference co-chair Anthony Drago shares his immigration law journey and why making sure you have the fundamentals down is so important; he highlights the upcoming conference as a great opportunity to learn.

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Our “Candidate” is Immigration: 2022 Election Results Recap

November 9, 2022 - 15:58

In this blog post, AILA's Greg Chen and Sofia Rosales-Zeledon walk us through a recap of the 2022 midterm election results as they stand on November 9, 2022 with a focus on immigration as a campaign issue, and what opportunities there may be for immigration reform.

The post Our “Candidate” is Immigration: 2022 Election Results Recap first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

IRS Commissioner: Please Grant a Filing Extension for Immigrant Families

November 1, 2022 - 14:04

In this blog post, AILA member Angela Divaris explains why many immigrant-led households haven't been able to file to receive the expanded Child Tax Credit and why she and other advocates are requesting the IRS Commissioner extend the deadline.

The post IRS Commissioner: Please Grant a Filing Extension for Immigrant Families first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

Ninth Circuit Decision Expands Due Process for Visa Applicants and Families

October 28, 2022 - 12:35

AILA member Eric Lee describes the recent win in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in which the court found the "State Department violated due process and the fundamental right to marriage by denying a visa without providing any reason for the denial for three years."

The post Ninth Circuit Decision Expands Due Process for Visa Applicants and Families first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

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