Author: Diane Rish

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill Heard from AILA Loud and Clear, but there is More to Do!

AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish reflects on AILA’s National Day of Action and shares how AILA members and the public can continue making their voices heard on important immigration law and policy issues that matter to them.

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Dismantling the “Invisible Wall” Against Legal Immigration, Brick by Brick

In this blog post, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish shares information about AILA’s documenting of the Trump administration’s “Invisible Wall” of policies against legal immigration and how AILA members and the public can work together to tear the wall down.

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Stand Up and Be an Advocate: Your Talent and Expertise Can Effect Meaningful Change

Immigration attorneys stand up for immigrants every day. But, our talent and expertise is typically channeled into advocating for our clients before the federal administrative agencies or immigration courts. To serve our clients well, we focus on understanding the latest developments in United States immigration law and policy, developing strong legal arguments, conducting legal research, drafting petitions or briefs, and gathering evidence to support our clients’ claims. We stay current on the uptick in requests for evidence (RFEs) on H-1B petitions, in-person interviews for certain permanent residency applicants,  and the news that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will...

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Employment-Based Immigration in a “Hire American” Era

Although we are just eight months into the Trump administration, the U.S employment-based immigration landscape has already shifted dramatically. In recent months, business immigration attorneys have witnessed the suspension of premium processing for most H-1B petitions (though premium processing finally resumed this week for H-1B cap-subject petitions after a five month delay); the postponement of the International Entrepreneur Rule, which was expected to go into effect on July 17; the denial of Form I-131 applications  when an applicant travels abroad while the I-131 application is pending, in contradiction to long-standing USCIS policy; a surge of Requests for Evidence (RFEs)...

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