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U.S. immigration made easy

Author: Ilona M Bray
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Nolo, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 16th edView all editions and formats
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Provides information on the immigration system and the naturalization process, and offers advice on obtaining various types of visas and green cards.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ilona M Bray
ISBN: 9781413318616 1413318614
OCLC Number: 489009641
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 604 pages : illustrations, forms ; 23 cm
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 --
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 --
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 --
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. 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 --
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 --
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 --
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 --
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.
Other Titles: United States immigration made easy
Responsibility: Ilona Bray.

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

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