I helped my wife at the time, my boyfriend, emigrating in the United States, while attending law school. Was not a lawyer, nor had taken classes on international law and immigration. Unfortunately, the finances were such that it was necessary to do the job, rather than hire an immigration lawyer to help me. This shows that you can do yourself. As a lawyer, saw a number of people with immigration issues and varied from doing everything for them, and only after their sign where he said that sometimes, to review self-done work to provide limited advice due to the finances of my clients. I provided the services needed, or wanted to pay for. While I found a number of websites, including the official website of the Government, to be very useful, I wish I’d get “US Immigration Made Easy” by Ilona Bray lawyer when I was a law student to get my fiance in the United States the book was good for help when I was helping clients with immigration issuesand it would have suggested to some of them who wanted to do more of the work themselves.
The cover says it’s the most comprehensive book available, and immigration to nearly 600 pages, this statement is probably true. I haven’t checked all the books available, but this is certainly a complete work on immigration, pointing, like all Nolo books, to non-lawyers. The book makes a complex topic more accessible to those without law degrees, but even with my law degree, I appreciate the easy to understand the language used in the book.
The book is organized logically, making it easy to find what you need. After an introduction of a page, the book is divided into twenty-four chapters that are organized into three main parts. Part one focuses on getting started and eligibility and procedures for immigrating into the United States chapters include: where to begin your path toward immigration; Are you a citizen of the United States?; You may enter or remain in the United States at all?; Dealing with bureaucracy, government officials, delays and denials; Special rules for Canadians and Mexicans; and how and when finding a lawyer. The second part provides an introduction to the United States for permanent residence (Green Card).
The chapters are: obtaining a green card through family members in the United States; Get a K-1 visa to marry your boyfriend citizen of the United States; Get a green card through work; Get a green card through the Diversity Visa Lottery. Obtain a green card as an investor; Obtain a green card as a special immigrant; Humanitarian protections: TPS, DED, Asylee and Refugee Status; After your approval for a Green Card part three is on non-immigrant visas (temporary) and cover the chapters: get a job or a tourist visa (B-1 or B-2); Get a work visa (H-1B) temporary specialties; Obtain an H-2B visa (temporary agricultural worker); Get a temporary visa to trainee (H-3); Get a visa L-1 (Intracompany transferee); Get a student visa (Treaty Trader) and-1; Get an investor visa (E-2) of the Treaty; Get a student visa (F-1 or M-1); Obtain the J-1 Exchange Visitor; and obtain a visa as a temporary worker in a selected occupation (O, P or R Visa).
As you can tell from the article, one should not read this book cover to cover. Some chapters will not have any bearing on special cases. As someone who helps different people periodically with immigration matters, this is a great reference to have. If you are doing it yourself, you will need to select which chapters falls outside your specific case and use this chapter to help you with your immigration and the strategy that will be used to accomplish your goals.
The book was everything out very well, and includes checklists to assist with making sure nothing falls through the cracks. (Believe me, you don’t want things falling through the cracks, because it may delay things in a process already timely.) I also like that this book has a lot of practice within advice that cannot be found on the websites and forms. Experience and insights of Bray are very useful and add the convenience of this book.