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American Immigration Lawyers Association

AILA is a national association of over 9,500 attorneys and law professors who either practice an teach immigration law. AILA member lawyers represent thousands of families and highly skilled foreign workers who are seeking to lawfully enter the United States of America.

The association is non-partisan and nonprofit and provides its members with continuing legal education, information and professional services.


The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.


  1. Increase member participation in advocacy before Congress, the Judiciary, the Federal Agencies, and the media, for the immigration-related interests of our clients and society.
  2. Enhance the litigation capabilities of the membership as an important option to ensure the just administration of our immigration laws.
  3. Educate the public about the ways in which U.S. immigration law and policy serves the national interest by reuniting American families, protecting refugees, and providing U.S. employers with the specialized skills they need to remain globally competitive.
  4. Enhance respect for immigration law, and professional recognition of immigration lawyers, by government, the bar, and society.
  5. Increase the level of knowledge and professionalism, and foster the professional responsibility, of our members.
  6. Advance the protection of the public by promoting consumer protection and authorized representation.
  7. Promote and support delivery of competent, ethical, and lawful immigration services by lawyers, authorized accredited representatives, and pro bono programs.
  8. Assist members in effectively and competently pursuing their law practice and enhancing their professional satisfaction.
  9. Encourage and facilitate member participation in, and support for, pro bono services and programs.

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