US Immigration Made Easy by Attorney Ilona Bray

I helped my wife, at the time my fiancée, immigrate to the United States while I attended law school. He was not yet a lawyer, nor had he taken classes in international or immigration law. Unfortunately, finances were such that it was necessary for me to do the work myself, rather than hire an experienced immigration attorney to help me. That shows that you can do it yourself. As an attorney, I have helped a number of people with immigration matters, ranging from doing almost everything for them, and only having them sign where I told them to sometimes, to reviewing their own work to offering limited advice due to the finances of My clients. I provided the services they needed or wanted to pay for. While I found a number of websites, including the official government website, to be very helpful, I wish I had had “US Immigration.” The book would also have been good to help when I was helping clients with immigration matters, and I would have suggested it to some of them who wanted to do more of the work themselves.

The book’s cover says that it is the most comprehensive immigration book available, and at almost 600 pages, this statement is most likely true. I have not reviewed all the books available, but this is certainly a comprehensive work on immigration, aimed, like all books published by Nolo, at non-lawyers. The book makes a complex subject more accessible to those without law degrees, but even with my law degree, I appreciate the easy-to-understand language used in the book.

The book is organized logically, so it’s easy to find what you need. After a one-page introduction, the book is divided into twenty-four chapters that are organized into three main parts. The first part focuses on getting started and US immigration eligibility and procedures. Chapters include: Where to start your immigration journey; Are you already a US citizen?; Can you enter or stay in the US?; Handling paperwork, government officials, delays and denials; Special Rules for Canadians and Mexicans; and how and when to find a lawyer. The second part provides an introduction to permanent residence in the US (green cards).

The chapters consist of: Obtaining a green card through relatives in the US; Get a K-1 visa to marry your US citizen fiancé; Get a green card through employment; Get a Green Card through the Diversity Visa Lottery; Obtain a Green Card as an Investor; Get a Green Card as a Special Immigrant; Humanitarian Protections: TPS, DED, Asylee and Refugee Status; and after your approval for a green card. Part Three is about Nonimmigrant (Temporary) Visas, and the chapters cover: Obtaining a Business or Tourist Visa (B-1 or B-2); Obtain a Specialized Temporary Worker Visa (H-1B); Obtain an H-2B (temporary non-agricultural worker) visa; Obtain a Temporary Learner Visa (H-3); Obtain an L-1 visa (Intracompany Transferee); Obtain an E-1 visa (commercial treaty); Obtain a Treaty Investor Visa (E-2); Obtain a student visa (F-1 or M-1); Obtain a J-1 exchange visitor visa; and Obtain a visa as a temporary worker in a selected occupation (O, P, or R visa).

As you can see from the previous paragraph, one would not have to read this book from cover to cover. Certain chapters will not be related to particular cases. As someone who helps different people on a regular basis with immigration matters, this is a great reference to have. If you are doing it yourself, you will need to select which chapters your particular case is included in and use that chapter to help you with your immigration issues and the strategy you will use to achieve your goals.

The book nicely lays out everything you need and includes checklists to help you make sure nothing gets away. (Trust me, you don’t want things to fall through the cracks, because then you can delay things in an already timely process.) I also like that this book has a lot of insider tips not found in the forms. and websites. Bray’s experience and insights are very helpful and add to the practicality of this book.

Like any legal book, laws can change. For this reason, it is always good to have the most recent editions and to check to make sure that whatever law it is based on is still good law and has not been changed. Government websites can help with this, or obviously seek the help of a lawyer who is up to date with the law. Simply put, this is an excellent book for anyone considering immigrating to the United States or helping someone who is.

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