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Guide to Immigration Law


This guide is intended to provide primary and secondary sources for both legal and illegal immigration information.  Included are both print and online sources. 


AILA's Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure
Germain, Regina 
The Asylum Primer, written by a veteran asylum attorney and published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, offers guidance on asylum procedures and practice tips. It includes citations to case law and statutes, and has extensive appendices which offer guidance on interviewing techniques and sample forms (such as sample briefs and a sample asylum petition for review).
Law Treatise, KF4836.Z9 G47 2010

Bender's Immigration and Nationality Act Service
Matthew Bender 
This treatise provides comprehensive coverage of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the main statute governing U.S. immigration law. It covers all aspects of the act, including definitions, the immigration selection system, qualifications for admission of aliens, issuance of entry documents, penalty provisions, loss of nationality, refugee assistance, and alien terrorist removal procedures.
Law Treatises, KF4806.54 .M38 2003

Essentials of Immigration Law
Boswell, Richard A.
This is a practice-oriented manual. It offers a practical overview of topics such as citizenship and naturalization, asylum, criminal violations, labor certification, family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, and administrative/judicial review. The treatise also includes a glossary of terms and acronyms, a list of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, and a United States Code to Immigration and Naturalization Act conversion chart.
Law Treatises, KF4819 .B67 2009
Immigration Law: A Guide to Laws and Regulations
Generazio, Marc R.
This book, part of the ABA Fundamentals series, provides a comprehensive look at the immigration system in the United States.  It addresses visas, immigrant classifications, removal, enforcement, naturalization, and citizenship.
Law Treatises KF4819 .G46 2011

Immigration Law and Procedure
Gordon, Charles, Stanley Mailman & Stephen Yale-Loehr
A comprehensive 21-volume publication that is often referred to as the authoritative treatise on immigration law. It covers all aspects of immigration law and provides essential primary source materials, plus a detailed index, table of cases, and table of statutes, rules, and regulations.
Law Treatises KF4819. G6 1988

Immigration Law and Procedure in a Nutshell
Weissbrodt, David S. 
This nutshell is a compact explanation of immigration law. It begins with an overview of the history of U.S. immigration law and policy and covers the source and scope of the federal power to regulate immigration, the administrative structure of immigration law, and the Congressional role in the immigration process. It also addresses immigrants, nonimmigrant visitors and temporary workers, nonimmigrant students, and grounds for inadmissibility and removal.
Law Study Skills Collection, KF4819.3 .W4 2011

Immigration Pleading and Practice Manual
Gallagher, Anna M.
This manual contains motions, notices, and applications frequently required in immigration practice. It is supplemented annually.
Law Treatises, KF4819 .G35 2006 

Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Outline and Reference Tool
Kurzban, Ira J.
Kurzban’s Sourcebook is an excellent quick-reference publication written for practitioners and students, with multiple tables of authorities that direct the reader to federal and administrative cases, regulations and statues, and INS, DOS, and DOL rulings on significant issues related to immigration law. It is designed to provide a condensed reference source to all major areas of immigration and nationality law.
Law Reference, Law Reserve KF4819.3 .K87 2010

Representing Clients in Immigration Court
American Immigration Lawyers Association
This work provides strategic and practical guidance for representing clients in immigration proceedings.
Law Treatises KF337.5.I45 R48 2010

Online Federal Government Information

Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security’s mission is to ensure the safety and security of the nation.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  This website has information about services and benefits, laws and regulations, and immigration forms.

USCIS Policy Manual: This web page is the agency's repository for their immigration policies.
USCIS Official Forms: Downloadable USCIS forms.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) The Immigration and Customs Enforcement website  provides information about illegal immigration enforcement news. The site also describes the mission of ICE as well as various ICE programs designed to implement the many federal statutes enacted to help protect national security and public safety.

Immigration Detention FacilitiesThis webpage provides information on detention management and facilities.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  The primary mission of Customs and Border Protection is to keep terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for enforcing U.S. trade laws and facilitating international travel. The website offers contact information for Customs and Border Control, answers to frequently asked questions, forms, and CBP news.

Department of Justice (DOJ):
The DOJ, headed by the Attorney General, controls federal law enforcement and handles the legal business of the United States. The Attorney General represents the United States in legal matters generally and gives advice and opinions to the President and to the heads of the executive departments of the Government when so requested. 

Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) The Executive Office for Immigration Review adjudicates immigration cases through immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. The main EOIR webpage has links to immigration courts nationwide and to the Immigration Court Practice Manual. It provides information about immigration from the court’s point of view.

Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer

EOIR Virtual Law Library: Includes links to Attorney General and Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decisions and index, C.F.R. Title 8, Immigration-related notices in the Federal Register, the Immigration and Nationality Act, BIA Practice Manual, immigration courts control list, and practitioner roster. 

Department of State
The Department of State is responsible for issuing visas.  It publishes the Foreign Affairs Manual, which contains information on citizenship and nationality (Volume 7) and interpretations and instructions on provisions for issuing visas and waivers (Volume 9). 

Visa Information Center The Visa Information center handles visa requests from abroad.   The website provides information about visa types and eligibility, visa application forms, and a directory of U.S. embassy locations around the world.

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration  The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provides aid for refugees and victims of conflict around the world. The website offers information about the Bureau’s work on behalf of refugees, funding opportunities, and how to contact the Bureau.

Department of Labor
The Department of Labor enforces all of the labor laws in the country through various administrative courts. In order to hire foreign workers, U.S. employers must go through a process called "labor certification" with the Department of Labor. The DOL website offers an electronic system for filing labor certification applications, official forms relating to employment-based immigration, and pertinent regulations.

Office of Foreign Labor Certification The Office of Foreign Labor Certification website provides hiring information for employers and foreign workers, and overviews of foreign labor policies and regulations, and downloadable foreign labor certification forms.

Office of Compliance Assistance Policy The Office of Compliance Assistance Policy website provides information on the federal employment laws.  Also included is specific information about the Immigration and Nationality Act and resources on how to comply with the federal employment laws as a non-citizen. 

The Congressional Budget Office The Congressional Budget Office provides information, links and reports on the impact and nature of immigration on the US economy and workforce.

The White House
The White House Immigration Information page describes the guiding principles of the Obama Administration's policy on immigration.  The page explains how the Obama Administration plans to implement its immigration policy.

The Social Security Administration
The immigration website for the SSA describes the resources available to immigrants and how to get an SS card while applying for U.S. citizenship.  It also provides information for refugees and asylees, information to other non-citizens, and provides links to other relevant agencies.

The National Archives Immigration Records
The National Archives webpage contains information on researching and accessing the naturalization records of immigrants.

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Immigration Outline
The Immigration Outline has been prepared by Staff Attorneys of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and provides guidance to attorneys.  It includes the following parts:  Jurisdiction, Standards of Review, Relief from Removal (e.g. Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, Adjustment Status), Motions to Reopen or Reconsider, Criminal Issues, Due Process, and Attorney Fees.
The website has immigration and citizenship information provided by the federal government.  It includes reports of adoption from other countries and human trafficking.  There is also information about visas and refugee resettlement programs.

Federal Statutes

The US Code
The US Code contains the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided into 51 Titles and is published by the Office of Law Revision Counsel of the US House of Representatives.

Selected US Code Titles related to immigration, citizenship and nationality
Title 8 Aliens and Nationality: The Immigration and Naturalization Act, found in Title 8 of the US Code, serves as a base for immigration law.
Title 18, Chapter 69 Nationality and Citizenship

Online Locations for the United States Code Print Location of the US Code in the Law Library
The United States Code is available in print in the Law Library on the first floor in the Core Collection.  Two annotated print versions of the code are also available in the Core Collection:  The United States Code Annotated (West) and The United States Code Service (Lexis).

Federal Regulations

Code of Federal Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) contains the general and permanent regulations of the agencies and executive departments of the federal government.  It is divided into 50 Titles.

Selected CFR Titles related to immigration, citizenship and nationality

Title 8 CFR (Dept. of Homeland Security, Immigration & Naturalization)
Title 22 CFR (Dept. of State)
Title 6 CFR (Dept. of Homeland Security, Office of Security) 
Title 20 (Dept. of Labor)  Part 655--Temporary Employment of Aliens in the United States.
Title 20 (Dept. of Labor) Part 656 Labor Certification Process for Permanent Employment of Aliens In the United States

Online locations The Federal Register
The Federal Register is published daily and contains the rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and departments.  It also includes presidential documents including executive orders and proclamations.
Online Locations for the Federal Register

Immigration Statistics

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau provides statistics on immigration and emigration through its International Migration Main page.

Department of Homeland Security Immigration Statistics
This Department of Homeland Security website provides access to the Department's Yearbook of Immigration Statistics as well as news releases, reports, and other data.

Law Reviews and Newsletters

Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Bender’s Immigration Bulletin is a newsletter published twice monthly. It includes analysis of new court and administrative cases, regulations, and legislation affecting immigration law. The Bulletin also has reproductions of government documents, such as reprints of Federal Register pages, and administrative documents. The Bulletin is available on Lexis Nexis in the IMMBUL database. Some Bulletin content is available on the online Bender’s Immigration Bulletin Daily Edition.
Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
The Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, published quarterly since 1985, is a specialized law review that focuses exclusively on issues relating to immigration law. Each issue includes articles by scholars and legal practitioners, student notes and comments, and a section reviewing current legislative, executive, and judicial developments in immigration. The journal can be accessed on Westlaw in the GEOILJ database and on Lexis Nexis in the GILAWJ database.
International Journal of Refugee Law
The International Journal of Refugee Law  publishes original articles on the protection of refugees and other displaced persons in international law. It also includes case law, book reviews, and annotated bibliographies of reports and other publications. The Journal is available on Westlaw in the INTJREFL database and on Lexis Nexis in the UKREFU database.
Interpreter Releases
Interpreter Releases is a weekly West Group publication which is widely read by practitioners of immigration law. It includes analysis of proposed regulations in the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, and State, as well as analysis of legislation, agency decisions, and judicial decisions. The publication also contains summaries of recent cases from immigration court, BIA, and the federal courts. Interpreter Releases is available on WestlawNext.


Immigration Related Organizations

American Immigration Council
The American Immigration Council is a non-profit organization that works to educate citizens about the contributions of immigrants to the United States and advocates for immigrants.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is a national association of immigration lawyers which works to advance the quality of immigration and nationality law practice.
Center for Immigration Studies
The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent non-profit research organization with the mission of providing immigration policymakers, the academic community, and news media with reliable information about the impact of legal and illegal immigration on the United States.
National Immigration Law Center
The National Immigration Law Center works to defend and advance the rights of low-income immigrants. 
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
The National Immigration Project is a national non-profit that provides legal assistance and technical support to immigrant communities, legal practitioners, and advocates working to advance the rights of noncitizens. 


Current Awareness

ImmigrationProf Blog
A blog written by professors who teach in the field of immigration law.
Working Immigrants Blog
A weblog about the business of immigrant work: employment, compensation, legal protections, education, mobility, and public policy.
Refugees International Blog
The blog of Refugees International, an organization that advocates for assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
crImmigration Blog
A blog that focuses on the “practical analysis of key cases about the immigration consequences of criminal violations.”
Immigration Visa Attorney Blog An immigration blog published by Fong & Chun, a Los Angeles law firm. 

Updated 06/15


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