Appeals to a Higher Authority: AAO and BIA-Downloadable

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Appeals to a Higher Authority: AAO and BIA [Audio Seminar]

This 90 minute audio seminar was originally presented live on May 3, 2012

The Administrative Appeals Office of the USCIS and the Board of Immigration Appeals within the Department of Justice each have distinct authority for handling specific cases being appealed. Learn which agency has jurisdiction over which appeals. This panel will address the mechanics of presenting your appeal and address tips on presenting additional evidence, briefing issues, and where to find published and unpublished decisions.

  • AAO Jurisdiction Over Nonimmigrant, and Immigrant Visa Denials, TPS, Waivers and Other Categories
  • BIA Jurisdiction over Immigration Judge Decisions and Family Based Immigration Petitions under INA §204(a)
  • Where to File Your Appeal and What Forms to File Including Filing Fees
  • Briefing Deadlines, Supplementing the Record, and Motion Practice
  • Tips for Making Your Notice of Appeal and Brief Effective
  • Seeking Review in Federal District Courts and Circuit Courts of Appeal

CLE Information

Please note that your jurisdiction may limit OnDemand credit depending on the date of the original presentation. Please view the OnDemandDownloadable and CD-Rom Expiration Chart for more details.

To view CLE eligibility and the number of credits you may claim for completing this 90-minute seminar, please visit webCLE.

  • AILA applies for accreditation upon attorneys request after participation for the following states: DE, KY, RI, and WY. Programs are typically approved.
  • Attorneys must apply individually for approval of OnDemand programs in the following states: FL, ID, ND, PR, and UT.
  • Not Eligible for CLE: AR, IA, IN, KS, MN, MO, MS, SC, TN, and VA.

For more information about CLE credit, please email


Turid Owren (dl), Portland, OR

Christine M. Hernandez, Denver, CO

H. Ronald Klasko, Philadelphia, PA

H. Ronald Klasko is a past president of AILA. He was only the second practicing attorney ever honored with the AILA Founders Award for his contributions to immigration jurisprudence. Mr. Klasko was chosen as the most highly-regarded immigration lawyer in the world by International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He currently serves as the Chair of AILA’s EB-5 Committee. Mr. Klasko has extensive federal court litigation experience and recently won a $90,000 EAJA fee award.

Nadine K. Wettstein, Rockville, MD

Nadine K. Wettstein’s practice concentrates on appellate advocacy, writing, and consulting. She is the new co-author of Immigration Law Service, the West (Thomson Reuters) immigration law treatise. Previously, she was director of the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center, and CLINIC's Section on Immigrant Initiatives and Projects. She has litigated on behalf of immigrants in the U.S. Supreme Court, many federal circuit courts of appeals, and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

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