Update on AILF's Legal Action Center Visa Bulletin Litigation (Updated 7/10/07)

The following is the latest update from AILF regarding its pening legal action as posted on "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07062975 (posted Jul. 10, 2007)"



The response to AILF’s pening litigation has been so strong that currently AILF does not need any more potential plaintiffs who submitted an adjustment application for receipt in July, unless the individuals have an unusual situation or especially compelling facts, such as an aging-out child. At this time, AILF also would like to hear from the “non-filers” -- people who did not and do not plan to submit an adjustment application for receipt in July but would have done so “but for” the DOS and USCIS actions. These individuals will represent a separate class of plaintiffs. They should read the FAQ, and complete and return to AILF the short form and retainer agreement at .

If the lawsuit is successful, the court will certify classes, and all people who meet the class descriptions will receive the relief the court orders. The class members will not need to “sign up” with AILF to enjoy those rights.

Regarding “non-filers,” the government may try to, or the court may want to treat this class differently from the class of people who submitted applications for receipt in July.  

How soon will AILF file the law suit? Very soon. It is not easy or quick to prepare class action litigation involving numerous people and numerous claims, but AILF is working quickly because of the urgency of these events for so many people.

Injunction? AILF knows many people want a quick resolution. A temporary or ill-conceived order might create more chaos and confusion than we saw in late June / early July. And the government presumably would immediately appeal, creating even more confusion about whether applications were being accepted. By contrast, AILF intend to seek an injunction that will be forward-looking and will not create another crisis situation for AILA members or the government.

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