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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.
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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.
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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.
Electronic Access: From any computer (library or home) via the Legal Information Reference Center. Instructions are available on our website

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 all immigration and consequences of criminal cases including relief from removal, safe dispositions in criminal cases, 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 Laws
KFC 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 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 Regulations
KF4805 .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 Reference
KF4806.54 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 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 Family
KF 4819 .I36 
Use this book to speed up family immigration applications. This title shows how to fill out key USCIS and DOS forms for each category of family immigrant forms for immigrant visa application at U.S. consulates. It also discusses the principle of accompanying or "following to join" family members of immigrants and nonimmigrants. 

Immigration Legislation Handbook
KF 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 multiple tables of authorities to help you find answers quickly and easily. 

Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship: The Essential Legal Guide
KF 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.


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.


McGeorge School of Law – Immigration Law Clinic
3130 Fifth Avenue (916) 340-6109 M- F 9:00am – 5:00pm
During academic year only
Assistance in adjusting immigrant status, family applications and petitions, citizenship applications, and special immigration programs. 
By appointment only. Must be low-income.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
650 Capitol Mall (800) 375-5283 M,T,TH, F 7:00am – 1:00pm, W 7:00am - Noon 
USCIS administers the immigration and nationality laws as set forth by Congress. Includes examinations for non-immigrant, immigrant, and naturalization applications and oversees citizenship, permanent residency, employment, and refugee status. 

World Relief
4727 Engle Road, Suite 14, Carmichael (916) 978-2650 M – F 9:00am – 4:00pm
Provides refugee resettlement processing, new arrival casework, follow up and referrals. Information and assistance with citizenship and green cards, visa 93s, and other immigration questions.

updated rmm 11/18/2013