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Busy Immigration Season

So sorry to my readers for not posting lately. As Chair of the Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILAWA), I have been very busy the last few weeks writing letters, testifying and attending meetings before the Washington State legislature on several immigration related bills since our fair state decided to get into the immigration business this year. I was also in Washington, D.C. where together with AILA colleagues, we visited the members of the Washington Congressional Delegation to advocate for immigration reform. While in D.C., I also attended the AILA quarterly Board of Governors and AILA Chapter Chairs meetings. Meanwhile, our chapter held its annual Northwest continuing education conference in Portland, Oregon, hosted by the Oregon AILA chapter where I spoke on a panel about the fall-out of the Kazarian case dealing with the evidentiary standards for Employment Based Extraordinary Ability workers, and the new Request For Evidence templates and policy memorandum concerning visas for crème de la crème workers. Now I’m getting ready for our annual AILA national conference coming up in June in San Diego where I will be speaking on consular processing of family based visas. In between all of this, I have had to focus on client work. So, with that as background, I’m going to catch up with some more articles on a variety of topics, as there is never a shortage of news on immigration and citizenship issues.