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U.S. immigration made easy

16th ed.

Published by Nolo in Berkeley, CA .
Written in English.

About the Edition

Provides information on the immigration system and the naturalization process, and offers advice on obtaining various types of visas and green cards.

Table of Contents

I. Getting started : U.S. immigration eligibility and procedures
Where to begin on your path toward immigration
Roadmap to U.S. immigration
Typical application process
Immigration eligibility self-quiz
2. Are you already a U.S. citizen?
Acquisition of citizenship through birth to U.S. citizen parents
Automatic derivation of U.S. citizenship through naturalized parents
Obtaining proof of U.S. citizenship
Dual citizenship
3. Can you enter or stay in the U.S. at all?
Particularly troublesome grounds of inadmissibility
Avoiding or reversing an inadmissibility finding
4. Dealing with paperwork, government officials , delays, and denials
Getting organized
How to obtain and prepare immigration application forms
How to obtain needed documents
Before you mail an application
Dealing with delays
Attending interviews with USCIS or consular officials
Procedures for USCIS interviews
What to do if an interview is going badly
What to do if an application is denied
When all else fails, call your U.S. congressperson
5. Special rules for Canadians and Mexicans
Canadian visitors and nonimmigrants
Special work privileges for Canadian and Mexican visitors
Simplified procedures for Canadian students and exchange visitors
F-3 visa for border commuter students
Preflight inspections for Canadians
6. How and when to find a lawyer
When do you need a lawyer?
Where to get the names of good immigration lawyers
How to avoid sleazy lawyers
How to choose among lawyers
Signing up your lawyer
Paying your lawyer
Firing your lawyer
Do-it-yourself legal research
II. Introduction to permanent U.S. residence (green cards)
Categories of green card applicants
How many green cards are available?
7. Getting a green card through family members in the U.S.
Are you eligible for a green card through a relative?
Quick view of the application process
Step one : your U.S. relative files the visa petition
Step two : preference relatives wait for an available visa
Step three : you submit the green card application
Step four : you enter the U.S. with your immigrant visa
Removing conditional residence in marriage cases
8. Getting a visa to marry your U.S. citizen fiancé (K-1)
Do you qualify for a K-1 visa?
Quick view of how to apply for a K-1 visa
Step one : you U.S. citizen fiancé submits a visa petition
Step two : you follow instructions from the National Visa Center
Step three : you apply at a U.S. Consulate
Step four : you enter the U.S. on your finacé visa
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9. Getting a green card through employment
Are you eligible for a green card through employment?
Quick view of the application process
Step one : the prevailing wage determination
Step two : employer advertising and recruitment
Step three : your employer seeks labor certification
Step four : your employer files the visa petition
Step five : you wait for an available visa number
Step six : you submit the green card application
Step seven : entering the U.S. with your immigrant visa
10. Getting a green card through the diversity visa lottery
Are you eligible for a green card through the lottery?
Quick view of the application process
Step one : registering for the lottery
Step two : the green card application
Step three : entering the U.S. with your immigrant visa
11. Getting a green card as an investor
Are you eligible for a green card through investment?
Quick view of the application process
Step one : you file a visa petition
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Step two : you await an available visa number
Step three : you apply for a green card
Step four : you enter the U.S. using your immigrant visa
Step five : converting your conditional residence into permanent residence
12. Getting a green card as a special immigrant
Do you qualify for a green card as a special immigrant?
Quick view of the application process
Step one : you file the visa petition
Step two : you await an available visa number
Step three : you apply for a green card
Step four : you enter the U.S. with your immigrant visa
13. Humanitarian protection : TPS, DED, asylee, and refugee status
Do you qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?
How to apply for Tempory Protected Status
What is Deferred Enforced Departure?
Do you qualify as a refugee or an asylee?
How to apply for refugee status
How to apply for asylum
How to get a green card as a refugee or an asylee
14. After your approval for a green card
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How to prove you're a U.S. resident
Traveling abroad
Your immigrating family members' rights
Losing your permanent resident status
How to renew or replace your green card
Green cards and U.S. citizenship
Green cards and U.S. taxes
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III. Introduction to nonimmigrant (temporary) visas
Types of nonimmigrant visas
Difference between a visa and a status
Time limits on nonimmigrant visas
At the border
Heightened security measures
Effect of nonimmigrant visas on green cards
Nonimmigrant visas and U.S. taxes
Status overstays and automatic cancellation of visas
15. Getting a business or tourist (B-1 or B-2) visa
Do you qualify for a visitor visa?
How to apply for a visitor visa
Extensions of a stay
16. Getting a temporary specialty worker (H-1B) visa
Do you qualify for an H-1B visa?
Quick view of the H-1B visa application process
Step one : your employer files an LCA
Step two : your employer files a visa petition
Step three : applicants outside the U.S. apply to a U.S. Consulate
Step four : you enter the U.S. with your H-1B visa
Extending your U.S. stay
Your rights as an H-1B worker
17. Getting a temporary nonagricultural worker (H-2B) visa
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Do you qualify for an H-2B visa?
Possibilities for a green card from H-2B status
Quick view of the H-2B visa application process
Step one : Employer applies for PWD
Step two : conduct recruitment
Step three : your employer applies for temporary labor certification
Step four : your employer submits an H-2B visa petition
Step five : applicants outside the U.S. apply to a U.S Consulate
Step six : you enter the U.S. with your H-2B visa
Extending your U.S. stay
18. Getting a temporary trainee (H-3) visa
Do you qualify for an H-3 visa?
Quick view of the H-3 visa application process
Step one : your employer submits and H-3 visa petition
Step two : applicants outside the U.S. apply to a U.S. Consulate
Step three : you enter the U.S. with your H-3 visa
Extending your U.S. stay
19. Getting an intracompany transferee (L-1) visa
Do you qualify for an L-1 visa?
Possibilities for a green card from L-1 status
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Quick view of the L-1 visa application process
Step one : your U.S. employer files a visa petition
Step two : applicants outside the U.S. apply to a U.S. Consulate
Step three : you enter the U.S. with your L-1 visa
Extending your U.S. stay
20. Getting a treaty trader (E-1) visa
Do you qualify for an E-1 visa?
Quick view of the E-1 visa application process
How to apply from outside the U.S.
How to apply if you're in the U.S.
Using your E-1 visa to enter the U.S.
Extending your U.S. stay
Visa revalidation
21. Getting a treaty investor (E-2) visa
Do you qualify for an E-2 visa?
Quick view of the E-2 visa application process
How to apply from outside the U.S.
How to apply if you're in the U.S.
Using your E-2 visa to enter the U.S.
Extending your U.S. stay
Revalidating your visa
22. Getting a student (F-1 or M-1) visa
Do you qualify for a student (M-1 or F-1) visa?
How long the student visa will last
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Quick view of the student visa application process
Step one : your school issues a SEVIS I-20
Step two for applicants outside the U.S. : applying at a U.S. Consulate
Step two for some applicants inside the U.S. : applying to USCIS for a change of status
Step three : you enter the U.S. with your student visa
Extending your student stay
Getting permission to work
Transferring to a different school
Changing your course of studies
23. Getting an exchange visitor (J-1) visa
Do you qualify for a J-1 exchange visitor visa?
How long the J-1 visa will last
Students : comparing J-1 visas to F-1 and M-1 visas
Business and industrial trainees : a good option for work in the U.S.
Internships as a way for foreign students to work in the U.S.
Can you apply for a green card from J-1 status?
Quick view of the J-1 visa application process
Step one : your sponsoring organization issues a certificate of eligibility
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Step two for applicants outside of the U.S. : applying at a U.S. Consulate
Step two for some applicants inside the U.S. : you apply to USCIS for a change of status
Step three : entering the U.S. using your J-1 visa
Extending your J-1 stay in the U.S.
Working as an exchange visitor
Annual reports for foreign medical graduates
24. Getting a visa as a temporary worker in a selected occupation (O, P, or R visa)
Do you qualify for an O, P, or R visa?
Quick view of the O, P, and R visa application process
Step one : your employer submits a visa petition
Step two : applicants outside the U.S. apply to a U.S. Consulate
Step three : you enter the U.S. with your O, P, or R visa
Extending your U.S. stay.
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Edition Notes

Includes index.

Other Titles
United States immigration made easy

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
342.73082
Library of Congress
KF4819.6 .U2 2013

The Physical Object

Pagination
604 p. :
Number of pages
604

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25780962M
Internet Archive
isbn_9781413318616
ISBN 10
1413318614
ISBN 13
9781413318616
OCLC/WorldCat
489009641
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