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The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) promotes justice, advocates for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advances the quality of immigration and nationality law and practices to enhance the professional development of its members.
AILA provides continuing legal education (CLE) and professional services to over 11,500 attorney members.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) was originally founded on October 14, 1946. In 1946, the organization was known as the Association of Immigration and Nationality Lawyers or the AINL.
Today, the AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit voluntary bar association of over 50 national committees and 36 chapters. AILA aims to increase member participation in advocacy before Congress, the Judiciary, the Federal Agencies, and the media, on immigration-related interests for members' clients and society.
AILA focuses on raising the level of knowledge and professionalism in immigration law and helping to foster professional responsibility of its members. AILA offers beneficial resources to over 11,500 attorney members representing U.S. families seeking permanent residence for family members and U.S. businesses in search of talent from the global marketplace. Additionally, AILA provides support for immigration lawyers and law professors in immigration law relating to foreign students, asylum seekers, entertainers and athletes.
AILA works to fulfill the needs of its 11,500 attorney members who focus on visa authorization and permanent residency in the U.S. for their clients. Many times, members of AILA offer legal immigration law services on a pro bono basis.
AILA provides information regarding professional services, continuing legal education (CLE) and expert advice to help its members create meaningful cases for clients of AILA members, even on a limited funding. AILA national headquarters are located in Washington, D.C.
In 2011, Washingtonian Magazine named AILA one of the "50 Great Places to Work in Washington, D.C.".