April 2, 2008 USCIS – AILA Liaison Committee Agenda
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AILA acknowledges USCIS’ recent change in policy announced in the publication of the memorandum permitting
the approval of I-485, I-601, I-687 and I-698 applications where an FBI name check has been pending for more
than 180 days.1AILA believes the change in policy is a positive step in addressing the FBI name check backlog
crisis for pending applicants for adjustment of status.
AILA also wishes to acknowledge the efforts of USCIS to address the serious processing delays caused by the
surge in naturalization filings this past summer. AILA is encouraged by the details of the Service’s response
plan, namely resources devoted to staffing, technology, and process improvements, as detailed by USCIS
Director Gonzalez in his testimony on January 17, 2008, before the House Subcommittee on Immigration,
Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. AILA is committed to working with USCIS to
assist in the implementation of the response plan and to providing suggestions and feedback for further Service
improvements. To this end, AILA urges USCIS to expand the February 4, 2008, Aytes Memorandum to permit
the final adjudication of I-751 Petitions to Remove the Conditions on Residence and N-400 Naturalization
applications where an FBI name check has been pending for more than 180 days.
AILA looks forward to maintaining an ongoing dialogue with USCIS on these issues.
II. Specific Processing/Procedural Issues
1. Extending Duration of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) Beyond One Year
AILA appreciates USCIS’ willingness to investigate multi-year work authorization for adjustment of status
applicants. AILA understands USCIS hopes to issue a two-year card to those applicants affected by
employment based visa retrogression. Please update us on plans to issue a multi-year EAD as USCIS has
discussed in the recent past and as is authorized by the regulations at 8 C.F.R § 274a.12(a).