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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is charged with enforcing and administering laws related to immigration and naturalization in conjunction with the Attorney General and the Department of State (DOS). The Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA, was created in 1952. Before the INA, a variety of statutes governed immigration law (see 8 U.S.C. §§ 1 – 18), but were not organized in one location. Public Law No. 82-414 collected and codified many existing provisions and reorganized the structure of immigration law. The INA has been amended many times over the years, but is still the basic body of immigration law


Becoming a U.S. Citizen: A Guide to the Law, Exam, & Interview

KF 4710 .Z9 B73 (Self Help)
This title provides information on effectively becoming a U.S. citizen. It thoroughly discusses application forms and information on studying for the citizenship exam.
Electronic Access: From any computer (Library or home) via the Legal Information Reference Center. Instructions are available on our website at 

Fiancé & Marriage Visas: A Couple's Guide to U.S. Immigration
KF 4819 .6 .B73 (Self Help)
This comprehensive book will help to provide an understanding of the immigration process, prepare for meetings with U.S. officials, learn how to prove a marriage is real; deal with the two-year testing period; and give helpful advice on protecting and renewing green-card status.
Electronic Access: From any computer (Library or home) via the Legal Information Reference Center. Instructions are available on our website at  

How to Get a Green Card KF 4840 .Z9 L49 (Self Help)
Learn the quickest way to get a green card through parents, siblings, adult children, spouses, fiancés, green card lotteries, political asylum or refugee status.
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U.S. Immigration Made Easy KF 4819 .6 .C36 (Self Help)
U.S. Immigration Made Easy covers every possible way to legally enter and live in the United States. The author explains how the immigration system really works, showing you how to qualify for work visas, student visas, refugee status, green cards, and citizenship.
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American Jurisprudence 2d (AM JUR) 
KF 154 .A42 (Ready Reference)
Vol. 003A Aliens and Citizens
Vol. 003B Aliens and Citizens
Vol. 003C Aliens and Citizens

Corpus Juris Secundum, Aliens
Electronic Access Only:  On the Law Library's computers, using WestlawNext.


Board of Immigration Appeals Practice Manual AILA
Provides basic information and guidance in proceedings before the BIA and answers frequently asked questions about appeals and motions.
Electronic Access Only

Criminal Defense of Immigrants KF 4819 .C7 .T66
An overview of immigration and the consequences of criminal cases, including relief from removal, safe dispositions, and coverage of criminal law and procedure as they affect immigrants.

Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit: Impact of Crimes under California and Other State LawsKFC 698 .B73
This manual shows step-by-step how to identify, analyze, and defend against the adverse immigration consequences of charges, using a combination of user-friendly charts, summaries, and practice aids; and an in-depth discussion of defense strategies.  It includes extensive discussion of California offenses, including new defense strategies for assault, domestic violence, drugs, sexual crimes with minors, and other commonly charged offenses.

Federal Immigration Laws and RegulationsKF 4805 .U54
This title provides the text of Title 8 of United States Code Annotated and all related major code sections and regulations, covering topics such as deterrence of illegal immigration, border patrons, penalties for smuggling illegal aliens, and removal of aliens.

Immigration & Nationality Act: An AILA Primary Source ReferenceKF 4806.54 A2
The Immigration and Nationality Act is the most important source of law to immigration policy and procedure. This title includes the immigration-related statutes that appear in Title 8 of the U.S. Code but are not part of the Immigration and Nationality Act, making this publication particularly valuable.

Immigration Law and Defense KF 4819 .A7 I55
Covers deportation, including the crucial factors of alienage and deportability, and discusses administrative appeals, political asylum, withholding of deportation, and other relief for refugees. Also focuses on citizenship and naturalization.

Immigration Law and Procedure KF 4819 .G61
An authoritative treatise on immigration law as well as an incomparable collection of easily accessible source materials, with all amendments integrated directly into the text.

Immigration Law and the FamilyKF 4819 .I36
This title shows how to fill out key United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of State (DOS) forms for each category of family immigrant visa applications at U.S. consulates. It also discusses accompanying or "following to join" family members of immigrants and nonimmigrants.

Immigration Legislation HandbookKF 4819 .F7 B4
This title covers important provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, all of which substantially impacted the status and rights of aliens in the United States.

Immigration Procedures Handbook KF 4819 .I87
Contains explanations of how, where, and why to present specific types of petitions and applications under today's immigration laws and includes analysis of current law to assist in determining the most effective method of proceeding with a case.

Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook KF 4819 .3 K87
Kurzban's Sourcebook intelligently guides you through the labyrinth of immigration law with accurate and concise explanations. This synopsis of immigration law includes an extensive and thorough subject-matter index, table of cases, and tables of authorities.

Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship: The Essential Legal GuideKF 4710 .Z9 I46
This indispensable guide thoroughly addresses the entire process of representing a naturalization applicant from the initial client meeting through the oath of allegiance. Includes sample forms and Immigration Service memos.

Tooby's California Post-Conviction Relief for Immigrants  KF 4819 .T64
This book is a good source for immigration and criminal counsel representing immigrants with criminal convictions from California. Includes all California Penal Code procedural vehicles up-to-date and discusses Immigration consequences of different forms of post-conviction relief.

Tooby's Guide to Criminal Immigration Law: How Criminal and Immigration Counsel Can Work Together To Protect Immigration Status In Criminal Cases
KF 4819 .T66
This book discusses how criminal and immigration lawyers can work together in a criminal case and describes simple strategies for avoiding deportation at each stage of a criminal case, including investigation, consultation, plea, sentence, and post-conviction relief.


United States Department of Justice (DOJ)

United States Department of State (DOS)

United States Customs and Border Protection

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 
Find an immigration attorney in your local area through AILA. It is the only legal association in the United States for immigration attorneys. AILA is an Affiliated Organization of the American Bar Association.

American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF)

AILF is dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society, and to advancing fundamental fairness and due process under the law for immigrants.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
The USCIS is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. Many official Department of Homeland Security (DHS) forms, instructions, fee requirements, and filing addresses are available on this informative website.


McGeorge School of Law – Immigration Law Clinic
3455 Fifth Avenue 916-340-6080
During academic year only.
Low-income clients are provided legal assistance with immigration matters, including referrals, legal advice, and other brief assistance and also direct representation in adjustment of status and naturalization matters, including family petitions and specialized visas, such as U Visas and T Visas.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
650 Capitol Mall (800) 375-5283
Monday,Tuesday,Thursday, and Friday; 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday; 7:00 a.m. - Noon
USCIS administers the immigration and nationality laws as set forth by Congress. Office conducts examinations for non-immigrant, immigrant, and naturalization applications.

World Relief
4727 Engle Road, Suite 14, Carmichael 978-2650
Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Provides refugee resettlement processing, new arrival casework, follow up and referrals. Information and assistance with citizenship and green cards, and more.

updated rmm 09/30/2014