How to Get a Green Card

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U.S. immigration law is a tangle of details. This book explains the most likely bases upon which an everyday person might qualify for a green card: family, marriage, asylum, the visa lottery, and a few lesser-known categories.

Then, the book leads readers safely through the enormous immigration bureaucracy, with step-by-step application instructions, checklists with required forms and documents, tips for avoiding mistakes and dealing with legal...

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Overview

U.S. immigration law is a tangle of details. This book explains the most likely bases upon which an everyday person might qualify for a green card: family, marriage, asylum, the visa lottery, and a few lesser-known categories.

Then, the book leads readers safely through the enormous immigration bureaucracy, with step-by-step application instructions, checklists with required forms and documents, tips for avoiding mistakes and dealing with legal complications, and sample forms.

This edition is completely revised to reflect the latest laws, including new rights to a green card for same-sex married couples, agency contact information, and fees, plus critical new procedural information, particularly concerning the new provisional waiver for unlawful presence. And if the immigration reform bill currently before congress becomes law, the book will cover its groundbreaking changes, including a new path to citizenship for immigrants currently in the country without documentation.

This book is not appropriate for people seeking temporary visas or work-related green cards.

 

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Editorial Reviews

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" Provides a nuts-and-bolts guide on obtaining a green card to work and live in the United States..." Orange County Register

“Green card seekers: Look no further . . . “ Asian Week.

“A definitive book that is also easy to read.”  Fort Worth Star Telegram

" Highly recommended." Library Journal

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
This book provides a nuts-and-bolts guide on obtaining a green card.... A definitive book that is also easy to read.
The Irish Herald
Though many how-to books on the subject have been published, none have come with better credentials than this up-to-date, well-presented guide.
Asian Week
Green card seekers: Look no further.
Immigration Law Today
The clearest, most accurate explanation of immigration laws for nonlawyers thus far.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A definitive book that is also easy to read.
The Irish Herald
Though many how-to books on the subject have been published, none have come with better credentials than this up-to-date, well-presented guide.
Orange County Register
Provides a nuts-and-bolts guide on obtaining a green card to work and live in the United States...
Asian Week
Green card seekers: Look no further.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413319613
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 7/31/2014
  • Edition description: Eleventh Edition
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 782,078
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilona Bray is an author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, and nonprofit fundraising.  She is coauthor of Becoming a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Immigration Made Easy, Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home and numerous other top selling books. Bray's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Masters degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington. Bray also blogs on Nolo's Immigration Law Blog.

Loida Nicolas Lewis is a former INS attorney with over 15 years experience handling U.S. immigration matters. Coauthor of Nolo's How to Get a Green Card, she is licensed to practice law in both New York and the Philippines. A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, Ms. Nicolas Lewis holds the distinction of being the first Asian woman to pass the New York State Bar without having studied in the United States.

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Table of Contents

Your Immigration Companion
1. Immigration Then and Now
2. All the Ways to Get a Green Card
3. Short-Term Alternatives to a Green Card
4. Will Inadmissibility Bar You From Getting a Green Card?
5. How Long You’ll Have to Waitn
6. Fiancé and Fiancée Visashildren on a Fiancé Visa
7. Green Cards Through Marriage
8. Your Parents as Immigrants
9. Child Immigrants
10. Orphan Immigrants in Non-Hague-Convention Countries
11. The Diversity Visa Lottery
12. Amerasian Immigrants
13. Your Brothers and Sisters as Immigrants
14. Refugees and Political Asylees
15. Military Veterans and Enlistees
16. Registry: For Those in the U.S. Since 1972
17. Cancellation of Removal: Do Ten Illegal Years Equal One Green Card?
18. Adjustment of Status
19. Consular Processings
20. Private Bills
21. Acquiring Citizenship Through U.S. Citizen Parents
22. Filling Out and Submitting Immigration Applications
23. Tracking Your Application Through the System
24. Keeping, Renewing, and Replacing Your Green Card
25. How to Find and Work With a Lawyer
Sample Forms
Index
 

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