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American Immigration Lawyers Association - WA Chapter

About AILA

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of over 10,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach 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, not-for-profit organization that provides its Members with continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 35 chapters and over 50 national committees. AILA is an Affiliated Organization of the American Bar Association and is represented in the ABA House of Delegates.

The Washington State Chapter currently has over 275 members across the state of Washington, as well as in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Our chapter serves many functions, including grassroots immigration advocacy and information sharing to members and local organizations. Our chapter also maintains close contact with government officials who play an important role in resolving local immigration issues. The Washington State Chapter hosts continuing legal education seminars and conferences, organizes a statewide naturalization day, and promotes pro bono efforts.

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Further information about becoming an AILA member can be obtained by contacting the AILA National Office at or by calling 202-216-2400.

Mission Statement

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.

Resource Guide for Asylees

Welcome to Washington - A Resource Guide for Asylees

Goals of AILA

AILA has the following goals:

  • 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.
  • Enhance the litigation capabilities of the membership as an important option to ensure the just administration of our immigration laws.
  • 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.
  • Enhance respect for immigration law, and professional recognition of immigration lawyers, by government, the bar, and society.
  • Increase the level of knowledge and professionalism, and foster the professional responsibility, of our members.
  • Advance the protection of the public by promoting consumer protection and authorized representation.
  • Promote and support delivery of competent, ethical, and lawful immigration services by lawyers, authorized accredited representatives, and pro bono programs.
  • Assist members in effectively and competently pursuing their law practice and enhancing their professional satisfaction.
  • Encourage and facilitate member participation in, and support for, pro bono services and programs.

Continuing Legal Education

The Washington State Chapter of AILA hosts a free CLE program for all AILA members every month. This program is generally held on the First Monday of the Month at:

Perkins Coie, LLP
1201 Third Avenue
48th Floor, Conference Room 7/8/9
Seattle, Washington 98101


Davis Wright Tremaine
1201 Third Avenue
22th Floor
Seattle, Washington 98101

You must be a member of AILA to participate in these programs. If you are not yet a member, please join AILA today!

Becoming an AILA Member

The American Immigration Lawyers Association provides three different membership options:

  1. Regular AILA Membership: This links to the AILA application form, with information on dues.
  2. Nonprofit Membership: The Washington State waives chapter dues for all nonprofit members. Attorneys that are employed on a full-time basis by a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and earn less than $43,400 per annum can apply for reduced membership dues. Nonprofit applicants must attach a Request for Nonprofit Status form to their application. Please Note! You must complete both the regular AILA Membership Application and the Request for Nonprofit Status form.
  3. Student Membership: Student members are welcomed and encouraged to attend Continuing Legal Education (CLE) functions.