Hot Topics from American Immigration Lawyers Association Fall Conference in Austin, Texas, September 27, 2013
by Immigration Attorney, Ruby L. Powers, Houston, Texas
– We are all working and hoping for comprehensive immigration reform this Fall 2013 because if we get much beyond Spring 2014, our window for reform might be over. AILA and local chapters are organizing advocacy efforts.
– Reason to Believe denials for Provisional Waivers – AILA will discuss with NBC via a liaison committee meeting in late October 2013 and we are hoping for some more guidance and improvements in the situations.
– Many people are waiting for comprehensive immigration reform and have not flooded Ciudad Juarez like expected. Other attorneys have noted less cases due to suspected anticipation of reform.
– If no other ineligibilities, processing at Consulate in Ciudad Juarez for I-601A waivers will take 2-3 days (this doesn’t take into account biometrics and medical exam)
– Only 50 applications have been adjudicated in Ciudad Juarez for the I-601A provisional waiver as per Consulate General David J. Jendrisak with the Department of State Ciudad Juarez, Mexico post.
– CBP will unveil an online FOIA tracking system on Monday, September 30, 2013.
– New Fiscal year for US Government starts October 1, 2013 and if Congress doesn’t act, funding will be cut for many Government operations related to many aspects to visas and immigration functions.
– Online system for I-94s (paperless) do have issues and AILA and CBP have been working on improving the issues.
– Tactics to challenge mid-wife birth passport application challenges