Digital Collection

The library offers access to a wide variety of e-books and databases with legal information. Our e-book collection includes various practice guides, legal treatises, and self-help materials that can be borrowed and read in your Web browser or on an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Our legal databases provide access to downloadable legal forms, case law, law review articles, and other legal information. Use the links on this page to access our e-books and legal databases.

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General/Federal Titles

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    By Regina Germain. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2015. 7th edition.

    The number of asylum seekers in this country is growing, as are the complexities and challenges to receiving asylum status. Because many asylum seekers have fled to this country with few resources, this area of law has a great need for lawyers wanting do more pro bono work. This publication is a comprehensive procedural guide for the attorney working through a claim. Practical aspects of the publication include checklists for each stage of the application process and sample forms and many practice tips. Additionally, a chapter is devoted to other forms of relief, should the asylum claim be denied.

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    By Kurt Wagner. Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. 2007.

    A start-to-finish guide for those attempting to obtain United States citizenship through "naturalization". This guide provides information regarding the application process including residency requirements, appropriate documentation and fees, fingerprinting, where to file, and the Pilot Naturalization Test.

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    By Ilona Bray. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 8th Edition.

    Helps readers determine their eligibility and offers advice on how to fill out applications forms, study for the citizenship exam, and ace the interview.

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    By Daryl Buffenstein. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2011.

    This comprehensive guide to business immigration law provides the practitioner with strategies, citations, and analyses to advise corporate clients in all phases of the hiring and transfer of foreign nationals. The set covers such topics as the various types of visas, consular status, and the visa waiver program.

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    By Carl Falstrom. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2011.

    "Running a successful law practice takes a skill you don't learn in law school. To help you succeed, AILA brings you The Entrepreneurial Lawyer: How to Run a Successful Immigration Practice. Used as the handbook for the Solo & Small Practice Conference in Washington, DC, The Entrepreneurial Lawyer provides golden nuggets of advice on key areas you should keep in mind when starting or running your own immigration practice." - from the publisher

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    By Richard A. Boswell. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2013.

    This book serves as a comprehensive overview of immigration law. The author acknowledges immigration law is an extremely complex area of study with a profound impact on the lives of individuals trying to navigate through the "labyrinth." Changing policies on immigration have created a patchwork of laws and regulations and a dizzying array of agencies involved in enforcing the statutes. This book provides the essentials for understanding immigration law in a readable format and serves as a springboard for more in-depth research in other American Immigration Lawyers Association publications. It is complimented by appendices that explain key concepts, abbreviations and acronyms.

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    By Ilona Bray. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 9th edition.

    This guide assists you in deciding the fastest and best application strategy whether you are married or unmarried. Outlining the immigration process, collecting, preparing, and managing paperwork, and other topics are addressed in this comprehensive guide.

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    By Eleanor Pelta. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association.

    "AILA's Focus on Immigration Practice Under AC21 is the first book-length study of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21). This publication will help the immigration law practitioner answer the following questions, among many others: Does your H-1B or adjustment applicant client have to stay in the same job? Can your H-1B client get an extension?

    Written by highly experienced and well-respected business immigration law practitioners, AC21 analyzes the statute and interpretive memoranda to explain how AC21 can benefit your H-1B and adjustment clients. It provides practical advice and sample documentation and includes discussion of:

    H-1B portability, allowing your H-1B client to work for a new H-1B employer
    Adjustment portability, allowing your adjustment applicant client to switch employers
    One-year H-1B extensions
    Three-year H-1B extensions
    I-140 portability
    Special rule for H-1B beneficiaries employed at certain universities and research facilities
    Common AC21 scenarios" - from the publisher

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    By Scott Borene. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2009.

    "This volume is the latest addition to AILA’s growing library of global immigration publications. It is an anthology of articles on recent developments in more than a dozen countries, including many key destinations such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Australia, India, Hong Kong, and Japan. This book also has two articles that span multiple jurisdictions; one on the topic of intercountry adoptions and another on new emerging global minimum due process standards for deportation and exclusion. In addition, this book includes a “heads-up” article on the United States’s poorly understood special expatriation tax on certain expatriating U.S. citizens and former lawful permanent residents, as well as a useful overview article with practice tips on how to respond to inquiries about non-U.S. immigration projects." - from the publisher

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    By Cletus Weber. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2011.

    This practical and authoritative resource assists attorneys with handling labor certification cases.

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    By Ilona Bray. Published by Nolo Press. 2018. 13th.

    "The U.S. immigration system is an enormous bureaucracy. It's vital that you understand all the requirements for getting a green card before starting your application — making a mistake can ruin your chances.

    Fortunately, How to Get a Green Card provides everything you need to understand whether you're eligible, and then make it through the bureaucratic maze. Find out how to work with U.S. officials, how to prepare and present the right documents, and what to expect every step of the way.

    Learn the quickest way to get a green card through:

    * parents, siblings, and adult children
    * spouses and fiancés
    * green card lotteries
    * political asylum or refugee status
    * and other categories

    This book is not appropriate for those seeking work-related green cards." - from the publisher

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    By American Immigration Lawyers Association. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association.

    This handbook contains over 60 articles on a broad range of advanced immigration law topics. Written by leaders in the field, these articles provide "how-to" advice and analysis on subjects such as temporary visas, labor certification, family immigration, asylum, law office management, ethics, citizenship and naturalization, litigation, judicial review and consular processing.

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    By Mary Kramer. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2013.

    This most recent edition of Kramer's book treats "criminal-alien law," which is the complex intersection of criminal and immigration law. Kramer has practiced criminal-alien law for nineteen years and has also taught immigration law at Florida International University. As such, she draws upon her personal experience while she explains the different facets of criminal-alien law and details the legal research that goes on in this field. In this fourth edition from 2009, Kramer introduces a section that offers tips and tools aimed at helping investigative and legal researchers.

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    By David Weissbrodt. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 6th edition.

    This compact, comprehensive title offers an expert overview of the history, constitutional authority, statutory provisions, regulations, structure, procedure, administrative process, and ethical principles of immigration law and practice.

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    By American Immigration Lawyers Association. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2013.

    This title provides as thorough analysis of of the most important issues in the complex nexus of immigration law and criminal law.

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    By Charles Wheeler. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2013. 3rd edition.

    This guide, put out by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, summarizes and makes more plain the family-sponsored immigration process that allows for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to sponsor their family members for immigration purposes. It is aimed at immigration lawyers and looks at status adjustments, consular processing, immigration through marriage, grounds of inadmissibility, waivers of inadmissibility, affidavits of support, self-petitions for abused spouses and children, and the ethical issues in family-based immigration law. The author does not intend it to be an in-depth legal reference; instead, it should serve as a straightforward explanation that addresses the complexities of the law. It also includes sample legal forms (motions and waivers), a very detailed table of contents, and a subject index.

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    By American Immigration Lawyers Association. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association.

    This eleventh edition of Immigration Practice Pointers serves as a supplement to the annual American Immigration Lawyers Association conference. The book is divided into short articles written by panelists from the conference (and some outside contributors). Each article offers practice pointers and serve as guides to particular topics that were presented on at the annual conference. Topics include ethics issues; pro bono representation; business and employment; PERM and labor certifications; state and federal court litigation; admissibility and waivers; temporary visas categories; consular and related issues; asylum issues; removal and relief; LGBT and HIV issues; humanitarian issues, including the protection of women and children; family immigration; tax practice; criminal issues; worksite enforcement and corporate compliance; and immigration to other countries.

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    By Janet Cheetham. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2006.

    "There are more than just goods and services crossing North America’s borders. AILA’s Immigration Practice Under NAFTA and Other Free Trade Agreements, Third Edition, addresses the human side of the free trade agreements.

    NAFTA allows the free flow of goods and services between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In addition, there are rules regulating the flow of business professionals and workers who cross the borders during the course of business and for employment--as a result of free trade. Whether your client is a business or an employee of a business, having a reference guide that clearly and comprehensively discusses the broad concepts of NAFTA, the laws that impact its implementation, and the practical aspects of moving individuals between countries, is an invaluable reference tool.

    There is no other publication available that offers such hands-on guidance. Along with INS Inspector’s NAFTA Handbook, this volume presents comprehensive, critical information that will provide you with guidance in handling NAFTA cases and supply you with an overview of Canadian and Mexican laws from practitioners who know how important it is to share their knowledge and experience. We felt it was important to publish this Third Edition to cover the application of NAFTA since 9/11. The increased border security and increased scrutiny of applications (i.e., CBP’s involvement in adjudicating applications) has made the filing of NAFTA applications more difficult than before. We also have included an article on recent free trade agreements with Chile and Singapore, covering the use of the H-1B1 category.

    Contributors to this publication include practitioners whose practices span all of North America--from Northern Canada to Southern Mexico. Our sincere appreciation goes to all of these individuals. We also would like to recognize those individuals in the AILA National Office, Tatia L. Gordon-Troy, Silvia S. Wang, and Kathy Frazier for their diligence and hard work in helping present to you a publication we all can be proud of. The result is a book that is a must for every immigration law library." - from the publisher

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    By Ira Kurzban. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2014. 14th edition.

    "Immigration practitioners, federal and immigration judges, and government officials turn to Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook for accurate and reliable interpretations of U.S. immigration laws. Regularly cited in federal court decisions and widely used by thousands of immigration professionals--including those in charge of reviewing and deciding cases and applications, Kurzban's is an indispensable reference when you need to know the law on any immigration topic.

    In addition to more than 2,000 new cases, regulations, and memos, the 14th edition includes:

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    Marriage between couples of the same sex
    Aggravated felonies after Moncrieffe/Descamps
    EB-5 issues regarding tenant occupancy, material change, and other matters
    Electronic I-94s
    Public safety as a ground of removal under INA §237(a)(4)(A)(ii)
    Prosecutorial discretion regarding parents with children in the United States
    Changed case law on INA §245(i)
    USCIS changes to credible fear procedures
    ICE detention standards for segregation/solitary confinement
    CARRP Program
    Change in material support waivers for terrorism
    New Developments in H-2B Program and Validity of Regulations
    Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
    Changes in §212(c) law following Matter of Abdelghany
    Changes in social visibility to social distinction in particular social group following Matter of M-E-V-G-
    Policy memo and changes regarding CSPA following Supreme Court decision in Cuellar de Osorio
    Changes in asylum adjudications under the Affirmative Asylum Procedures Manual." - from the publisher

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    By Robert Pauw. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2013. 3rd edition.

    "This manual was originally written in response to the enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) in 1996. After 1996, and especially after 9/11, legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), which then became the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), began to deny more and more applications for immigration benefits, and became increasingly unreasonable in doing so. At the same time, the agency doubled down on deportation, making liberal—and, in many cases, unlawful—use of the mandatory detention, expedited removal, and other enforcement provisions of IIRAIRA. When the agency action was challenged in federal courts, government attorneys would often invoke jurisdiction-stripping provisions in IIRAIRA purporting to eliminate judicial review. What the government overlooked, however—and what is essential to understand in a country that believes in the rule of law—is that judicial review of agency action is necessary and, at least in the United States, constitutionally guaranteed. As the U.S. Supreme Court said in 2001, “some judicial intervention in deportation cases is unquestionably required by the Constitution.” INS v. St. Cyr, 533 U.S. 289, 300 (2001).

    The First Edition of this manual provided guidance on when to resort to the federal courts. In particular, it addressed the exhaustion of administrative remedies (when can a lawsuit be filed) and federal court jurisdiction (where should the complaint be filed, and what issues the court can review). In light of the amendments made by IIRAIRA purporting to eliminate or restrict judicial review, those issues had become increasingly important and complex. Even where there was no substantial justification for the government’s underlying conduct, government attorneys typically and aggressively have pursued motions to dismiss for failure to exhaust administrative remedies and for lack of jurisdiction. The First Edition also attempted to explain how to respond to these motions. It gave an overview of the basic principles of judicial review and, in its “Quick Cites,” provided a list of easily accessible favorable case law on various issues.

    The Second Edition, which included updated case law on judicial review, also covered some administrative law principles that had become very important in immigration cases. The government often relies on the principle of Chevron deference when arguing that courts should not interfere with an agency’s decisions. A more recent development has been the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) invocation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brand-X when refusing to comply with circuit court case law. In addition, in light of statutory and regulatory amendments, as well as changing case law, there were critical administrative law issues concerning whether and to what extent an agency can apply new rules retroactively. Thus, the Second Edition added chapters on Chevron deference, Brand-X non-compliance, and retroactivity.

    The Third Edition has reorganized and updated the material of prior editions. It also features new chapters on judicial review of certain specific topics, including motions to reopen (filed with immigration judges or the BIA), motions to suppress, and the doctrine of consular nonreviewability.

    Despite the arguments sometimes advanced by the government, administrative agencies (including DHS and the BIA) do not have generally unreviewable powers and are not entitled to any sort of “super-deference.” Under the U.S. Constitution, as well as general administrative law principles, courts must review agency decisions to ensure that agency action comports with the law. This has important implications in immigration cases, as I have attempted to explain in the manual. Hopefully, this book will help those who are arguing that, regardless of the position taken by administrative agencies to the contrary, our federal courts still maintain the authority to oversee and correct unlawful government conduct." - from the publisher

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    By American Immigration Lawyers Association. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2014.

    This title includes advice, articles covering a wide array of immigration topics, and descriptions of the most common visa classifications.

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    By Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2010. 2nd edition.

    This title pulls together information from many immigration practitioners in order to extensively treat removal proceedings. The book began as a series of training guides written by staff from the Catholic Legal Information Network, Inc., and has been updated, revised, and adapted into this current version. Also included are a list of relevant federal forms and a handful of sample forms.

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    By Ilona Bray; Richard Link. Published by Nolo Press. 2019. 19th ed.

    Whether you want to live, travel, or work in the United States, this title covers the necessary steps and procedures that must be accomplished. Providing detailed descriptions of the application process as well as a self-help quiz to determine eligibility, this title has helped countless people enter the U.S. legally.

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    By Irene Scharf. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2011.

    "The Waivers Book: Advanced Issues in Immigration Practice provides complex tips and practical guidance for every immigration practitioner-from the novice to the experienced alike-on every level from Adjustment of Status to Xenophobia. In addition, it provides a wide array of legal options for clients in removal proceedings and covers areas that are frequently litigated.

    The Waivers Book begins with an introductory chapter, "Waivers from A to Z," providing a detailed overview of the wide variety of waivers available. It includes practical guidance from the inception of a case with a new client ("Client Interview and Initial Consultation") to the nuts and bolts issues involved in applying for the most common types of waivers. A thorough coverage of a variety of inadmissibility waivers follows, including those for unlawful presence, reapplying for admission following removal, physical and mental health issues, prostitution, crimes that are more than 15 years old, crimes of moral turpitude, and simple possession of marijuana." - from the publisher

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    By Josie Gonzalez. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2008.

    "This book begins with articles that trace the history of worksite enforcement and provide an excellent overview of all of an employer’s responsibilities. Roger Tsai’s introductory article provides a comprehensive summary of the shift from civil to criminal prosecution of employers. The second section of the book provides a panoply of practice aids to assist the employer in the development of immigration corporate compliance measures. The last section of the book provides valuable resource materials such as the latest DHS Handbook for Employers, E-Verify fact sheets, and various criminal indictments." - from the publisher

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    By Anita Biase. Published by Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. 2008.

    Learn about the topics you'll need to master in order to pass the U.S. citizenship exam. Also learn about eligibility requirements for becoming a citizen and methods of obtaining a green card.

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