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U. S. Immigration Made Easy by Laurence A. Canter, Martha S. Siegel, Martha S. Siegel

U.S. Immigration Made Easy covers every possible way to legally enter and live in the United States. The authors explain how the immigration system really works, and show you & how to qualify for:

*work visas

*student visas

*refugee status

*green cards


*and more


About the Author:

Laurence A. Canter, along with co-author Martha S. Siegel, has obtained visas and green cards for thousands of foreign nationals. Over the years, they have handled every kind of case and know exactly how to deal with the U.S. immigration system. U.S. Immigration Made Easy draws on their 25 years of experience.

Immigration attorney Martha S. Siegel, along with co-author Laurence A.  Canter, has obtained visas and green cards for thousands of foreign nationals. Over the years, they have handled every kind of case and know exactly how to deal with the U.S. immigration system. U.S. Immigration Made Easy draws on their 25 years of experience.

Attorney Ilona Bray came to the practice of immigration law through her long interest and concern with international human rights issues. Before joining Nolo as legal editor in charge of immigration, she ran a solo law practice and worked for a number of nonprofit immigration agencies, including the International Institute of the East Bay and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Ms. Bray was also an intern in the legal office at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College, and her law degree and a Master’s degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413300369
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 04/01/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 7.88(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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U.S. Immigration Made Easy

By Laurence A. Canter Martha S. Siegel


Copyright © 2002 Martha S. Siegel and Laurence A. Canter
All right reserved.

ISBN: 087337777X

Chapter One

How to Use This Book

U.S. Immigration Made Easy was developed to give you the help you need to be successful with the United States Immigration Service. Whether your aim is to live, work, invest, retire or study in the U.S., this book should assist you in reaching your goal and doing it legally. We will tell you about the different kinds of visas available and the qualifications you need to get each one. Then we will show you, step by step, how to prepare the paperwork for the visa you want. We will tell you how long it takes to get each visa and how to avoid common pitfalls. You will find out whether or not you have a realistic chance of immigrating to the U.S. We have also included some brief material on U.S. taxes for those with business interests or people who simply want to know the tax consequences of life in the U.S.

WATCH FOR CHANGES IN THE LAW These days, Congress and the INS change the immigration laws and procedures so regularly that it hardly makes the news. But one of these changes could have a major impact on your life. You can rely on this book up to the date it was published. After that, the thing to do is check the Nolo website at for updates. Just scroll down to the last section of the home page, and click on Legal Updates. We'll do our best to let you know what's new and how it will affect you.

A. Basic Strategy for Immigration

Not everyone can immigrate to the U.S., but you can improve your chances by knowing the inside information on immigration. That's exactly what you'll find in this book. If you don't qualify to immigrate right now, we will examine the possibilities for your qualifying in the future. It isn't hopeless. There are things you can do. The key to winning at U.S. immigration is information, the information you'll find in these pages.


Excerpted from U.S. Immigration Made Easy by Laurence A. Canter Martha S. Siegel Copyright © 2002 by Martha S. Siegel and Laurence A. Canter
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Table of Contents

1. How to Use This Book
2. Basic Immigration Terms
3. Government Immigration Agencies: How They Work


4. Green Cards: An Overview
5. Getting a Green Card Through Relatives
6. Getting a Green Card Through an Adoption
7. Getting a Green Card Through Your Fiancé(e): K-1 Visas
8. Getting a Green Card Through Employment
9. Getting a Green Card Through the Lottery
10. Getting a Green Card Through Investment
11. Getting a Green Card As a Special Immigrant
12. Refugees, Political Asylees and Temporary Protected Status
13. Amnesty and Special Agricultural Workers


14. Nonimmigrant Visas: An Overview
15. Business and Tourist Visitors: B-1 and B-2 Visas
16. Temporary Specialty Workers: H-1B Visas
17. Temporary Nonagricultural Workers: H-2B Visas
18. Temporary Trainees: H-3 Visas
19. Intracompany Transfers: L-1 Visas
20. Treaty Traders: E-1 Visas
21. Treaty Investors: E-2 Visas
22. Students: F-1 and M-1 Visas
23. Exchange Visitors: J-1 Visas
24. Temporary Workers in Selected Occupations: O, P and R Visas
25. Inadmissibility


26. Naturalization: Becoming a U.S. Citizen
27. Discovering Claims to U.S. Citizenship
28. Canadians and Mexicans: Special Rules
Appendix I: Directory of INS and DOL Offices
Appendix II: Tear-Out Immigration Forms

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