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U.S. Immigration Made Easy / Edition 17

U.S. Immigration Made Easy / Edition 17

by Ilona Bray J.D.Ilona Bray J.D.


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Green cards, visas, and more: What every immigrant needs to know

Want to live, work, or travel in the United States? U.S. Immigration Made Easy has helped tens of thousands of people get a visa, green card, or other immigration status. You’ll learn:

  • whether you and your family qualify for a short-term visa, permanent U.S. residence, or protection from deportation
  • how to obtain, fill out, and submit the necessary forms and documents
  • insider tips on dealing with bureaucratic officials, delays, and denials
  • strategies for overcoming low income and other immigration barriers, and
  • where to find the latest immigration forms online.

U.S. Immigration Made Easy provides detailed descriptions of application processes. There’s also an immigration eligibility self-quiz, which helps you match your background and skills to a likely category of visa or green card—and avoid traps that might destroy your chances.

The 18th edition is completely updated to cover recent legal and fee changes including an expanded provisional waiver of unlawful presence.

NOTE: Does not cover naturalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413321104
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 01/26/2015
Edition description: Seventeenth Edition
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Ilona Bray, J.D. is an award-winning author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, workplace wellness and nonprofit fundraising. Many of her books are consistent Nolo bestsellers, among them Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits, U.S. Immigration Made Easy and Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home. Her latest book is entitled Selling Your House: Nolo’s Essential Guide. She particularly enjoys interviewing people and weaving their stories into her books.
Bray's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Master's degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington School of Law and Jackson School of International Studies, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, going to open houses, and gardening.
Bray also blogs on on topics such as nonprofit fundraising, real estate, and immigration matters. She's the winner of the 2012 "Best Blog" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE).

Richard Link practices immigration law as Senior Counsel with Tully Rinckey, PLLC in its Rochester, New York office. He currently serves as treasurer of the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Mr. Link is a former legal editor at the national office of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and at Thomson Reuters (West). Mr. Link received his law degree in 1990 from the University of California Davis School of Law (King Hall), where he served as senior research editor for the U.C. Davis Law Review and earned the certificate in public interest law. His undergraduate degree in Language Studies was obtained at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1986.

Table of Contents

U.S. Immigration Made Easy Table of Contents

Your Immigration Companion

Part I

Getting Started: U.S. Immigration Eligibility and Procedures

1. Where to Begin on Your Path Toward Immigration

2. Are You Already a U.S. Citizen?

3. Can You Enter or Stay in the U.S. at All?

4. Dealing With Paperwork, Government Officials, Delays, and Denials

5. Special Rules for Canadians and Mexicans

6. How and When to Find a Lawyer

Part II

Introduction to Permanent U.S. Residence (Green Cards)

7. Getting a Green Card Through Family In the U.S.

8. Getting a Visa to Marry Your U.S. Citizen Fiancé (K-1)

9. Getting a Green Card Through Employment

10. Getting a Green Card Through the Diversity Visa Lottery

11. Getting a Green Card as an Investor

12. Getting a Green Card as a Special Immigrant

13. Humanitarian Protection: TPS, DED, Asylee, and Refugee Status

14. After Your Approval for a Green Card

Part III

Introduction to Nonimmigrant (Temporary) Visas

15. Getting a Business or Tourist (B-1 or B-2) Visa

16. Getting a Temporary Specialty Worker (H-1B) Visa

17. Getting a Temporary Nonagricultural Worker (H-2B) Visa

18. Getting a Temporary Trainee (H-3) Visa

19. Getting an Intracompany Transferee (L-1) Visa

20. Getting a Treaty Trader (E-1) Visa

21. Getting a Treaty Investor (E-2) Visa

22. Getting a Student (F-1 or M-1) Visa

23. Getting an Exchange Visitor (J-1) Visa

24. Getting a Visa as a Temporary Worker in a Selected Occupation (O, P, or R Visa)


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