Immigration Law for Paralegals is an indispensable and practical guide on U.S. immigration, citizenship and visa procedures for instructing and training students or anyone interested in a career as an immigration paralegal or legal assistant.
This fourth edition updates and expands the third, including coverage of Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Contents of Immigration Law for Paralegals include: interviewing, gathering information, case management and document preparation techniques; analysis of temporary and permanent employment visas; analysis of family-based petitions, political asylum and naturalization; as well as samples of completed applications, a glossary of terms and useful appendices.
Each visa category is set forth in a clear and concise manner, with real-life and hypothetical situations at the end of each chapter, allowing students to visualize actual problems and issues that arise when processing a case. Further, in responding to the hypothetical situations, students will look to the United States immigration statutes, rules and regulations and precedent and administrative policies to resolve issues. Additionally, each section contains a completed sample application, definition of legal terms, and exercises modeled after tasks paralegals may encounter on the job, including the preparation of relative petitions (Form I-130) and the adjustment of a status package (Forms I-485, G-325A, I-131, I-765, I-864A, and G-28). In keeping with the concise format of each chapter, excerpts from Federal, AAO, and BIA decisions will be cited or footnoted where relevant.
The Glossary and Appendices include Immigration Law resources; USCIS Local, Regional and Service Center addresses; questions and answers for the naturalization exam; blank USCIS forms; Credential Evaluation sample request forms and a list of agencies; sample USCIS color photograph specifications, sample medical form (I-688); and IRS Individual Tax ID Number Request (SS-4).
The fourth edition includes a CD with fillable PDF forms.
PowerPoint slides are available to professors upon adoption of this book. Download sample slides from the full 176-slide presentation here. If you have adopted the book for a course, contact bhall (at) cap-press (dot) com to request the PowerPoint slides.
“For beginning paralegals or anyone starting to work in immigration issues, the basic materials, steps, and processes are here.” — Legal Information Alert
“With all the recent developments in the immigration laws in Arizona and everywhere else, [Immigration Law for Paralegals is] helping me understand things that at one time were very confusing.” — Clark D. Browne, employment law specialist/paralegal
“Maria Isabel Casablanca and Gloria Roa Bodin are onto something with Immigration Law for Paralegals. This book deciphers the puzzles of basic immigration practice and application processing in order to present a straightforward approach to immigration that is sure to assist every paralegal in this business.” — Marisol Zequeira Burke, Esq.
“Immigration Law for Paralegals is excellently written and presented. It takes the complex and ever-changing field of immigration law and makes it easily understandable. A must have for a paralegal working in the field.” — Prof. Peter J. Zegan, Decision and Information Systems, Florida International University
If you are a professor teaching in this field you may request a complimentary copy.