Proposed Changes to I-601 Processing

Thursday May 17

  • By: AILA
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    This event takes place online.
    Webinar/Teleseminar, United States

On January 6, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security published a "Notice of Intent" in the Federal Register which outlined a proposal to allow for stateside processing of I-601 waivers for unlawful presence. Allowing I-601 waivers for unlawful presence to be filed in the United States would reduce the amount of time that certain foreign nationals in need of the waiver would have to spend outside the United States and separated from their families. This seminar will provide an overview of the proposal and the rule-making process that must be followed, outline how the process likely will change and who may benefit from it, and provide guidance for attorneys wondering how best to advise their clients in light of the Notice of Intent.
Topics Include:

  • "Notice of Intent": What Does That Mean?
  • Summary of the Rule-Making Process That Still Must Take Place
  • Best Guesses: Estimated Timeline
  • What Likely Will Change in I-601 Processing (Comparison to Current I-601 Procedures)
  • What Can/Should Immigration Attorneys Be Doing Now?


  • Olsi Vrapi (dl), Albuquerque, NM
    Olsi Vrapi is a partner at Noble & Vrapi, P.A. with offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. He is the Chair of the Annual Conference Due Process Track Committee, a member of the National EOIR Liaison Committee and an editor of the Consular Processing Guide. Mr. Vrapi also serves as the ICE liaison for New Mexico. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law.
  • Julie T. Emerick, Northbrook, IL
    Julie T. Emerick has been an active AILA member for 19 years. She is presently Vice Chair of the AILA-USCIS Benefits Policy Committee and previously served the AILA-VSC Liaison Committee and AILA- TSC Liaison Committee. She is also a mentor for L-1s and the DV Program. Ms. Emerick earned her J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law and received her baccalaureate degree from John Carroll University. For more information, please visit
  • Laurel Scott, Houston, TX
    Laurel Scott is the founding attorney at Scott and Associates. She received a B.A. from Simon's Rock College, a Master's Degree from Duke University, and a Law Degree from Temple University where she completed the Temple University Immigration Law Clinical. Laurel is one of the nation's leading experts in the immigrant waiver of inadmissibility, publishing numerous articles on the subject and speaking at many events. Her firm has filed hundreds of I-601 waiver applications abroad.

(dl) = discussion leader * = invited, not yet confirmed

The cost is AILA Members: $129 and non-AILA Members: $199. Special Offer! Register for this seminar and the I-601 Waivers: A Nuts & Bolts Approach to Case Preparation audio seminar being held on Thursday, May 24, 2012, and receive 20% off the combined price. AILA Members pay $207 and Non-AILA Members pay $319 for both seminars. To receive this special pricing, you must fill out the special registration form and fax it to AILA at (202) 783-7853 by Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm eastern time. You can register securely online using a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card. Please note that if you use the online registration, you do not need to download the registration form and send it in. You can also download and complete the registration form. Please fax the completed form with payment information to the AILA National Office at 202-783-7853. Registration fee includes toll-free number for callers in the U.S. Callers outside the U.S. should contact for information about how to connect to the call and additional direct dial charges that apply. Registration is limited to one participant per connection for the event. Please do not share call-in information with other users, as you will be billed for each connection associated with your name. The deadline to register is Wednesday, May 16, at 11:59 pm eastern time. No refunds will be given after the session has started. Registrants will receive confirmation of their participation via email the day before the session starts. No additional notices will be provided.

Technological Requirements:
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Tuition Assistance Program:
Full and partial tuition assistance will be offered for all AILA National CLE programming based on need and availability. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, attorneys in non-profit or legal service organizations, attorneys seeking to devote their skills to public service, law students, and unemployed attorneys. Preference will be given to AILA members and applicants who have not received a prior award. Please complete the Tuition Assistance Application for consideration. No phone calls, please.

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