Welcome to The Latin America and Caribbean Chapter of AILA


Thank you for supporting me as your Chapter Chair the past two years. It’s been an honor. Please see my statement on the Announcements page, and please support me in my bid for another term on the AILA the Board of Governors as I continue to serve our membership and association.


We have an exciting CLE planned in Quito, Ecuador, November 21 – 23, 2019. The CLE will cover advanced topics and we have expert speakers to dig into complex subjects. Go to our Events page for more information.


Our educational committee plans and hosts free members-only webinars every other month. These webinars cover a variety of topics including consular practice, litigation, and other issues of particular interest to our members. Email Linda Rose at lrose@roseimmigration.com to suggest a topic.


This year our DOS committee will be chaired by Marisa Casablanca and Ramon Curiel. With the assistance of other enterprising committee members, our committee will be publishing alerts on processing at the various consulates within our jurisdiction. We plan on sending one alert per month, discussing NIV and visa processing at a consulate in our jurisdiction. We also have added a member who specializes in Cuba who can provide us with updates on Cuba.


Our USCIS International Operations committee is chaired by Lynn Lee and Hudaidah Bhimdi, The committee has many experienced practitioners who will provide updates every other month on USCIS international operations, including I-130 processing abroad.


This committee is headed by two experienced and aggressive practitioners, Anis Saleh and Maite Hoyos. We hope to schedule meetings with pre-flight inspection in Nassau and the D.R. Members have reported a number of issues, especially with pre-flight inspections in Nassau including cancellation of stamps evidencing residence where an I-829 or I-751 has been denied but the foreign national has not yet been placed in removal proceedings. These pre-flight inspection areas are expanding but appear to be operating a bit rogue. 


Members David Puentes and Christine Traversi will be coordinating events and releases to attract new members to our Chapter.


Our Chapter just started an advocacy arm this year. Members Jennifer Lim and Brian Hoffman offer specializations in farmworkers and Mexican government liaison. They bring to our Chapter unique expertise that should prove valuable to members.


I am excited that Jordana Hart, a former journalist for the Boston Globe, who has authored a number of op-eds on immigration issues, will be co-chairing our media committee. Under Jordana’s guidance, we hope to weigh in on issues impacting our jurisdiction. If members are interested in writing an op-ed, Jordana and I will be happy to assist you. 


Registration is now open for our annual conference:

Life in the Fast Lane, in Quito, Ecuador.

November 21 to November 23, 2019

Eventbrite - CLE 2019 Quito - Life in the Fast Lane

Registration is now open for our annual conference:

Surviving in Turbulent Times, in Lima, Peru.

November 15 and 16, 2018

Photos from our 2015 annual event, Immigration Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

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