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Mission Statement

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national bar association of over 8,000 attorneys who practice immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent tens of thousands of U.S. families who have applied for permanent residence for their spouses, children, and other close relatives to lawfully enter and reside in the United States. AILA Members also represent thousands of U.S. businesses and industries who sponsor highly skilled foreign workers seeking to enter the United States in a temporary or--having proven the unavailability of U.S. workers--permanent basis. AILA Members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides its Members with continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 35 chapters and over 75 national committees. AILA is an Affiliated Organization of the American Bar Association and is represented in the ABA House of Delegates.

AILA Local Chapters

The AILA Chapters are organized on a local basis, and offer a wide range of activities including monthly meetings, liaison meetings with local DHS and Labor Department officers, educational presentations and seminars, informational mailings of local interest, committees on various topics, and pro bono service projects. AILA members at-large, those whose principal place of business is outside the jurisdiction of an AILA chapter, may choose to join an appropriate chapter to receive the benefits of local networking. Currently, there are 35 local chapters throughout the U.S. and in Canada.