A Guide for Immigration Advocates

A Comprehensive Immigration Practice Manual
19th Edition
ILRC Staff Attorneys
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Completely updated in 2014. A Guide for Immigration Advocates is a practical and essential tool for beginning immigration attorneys, immigration law firms employing paralegals, BIA accredited representatives, and nonprofit community-based organizations. The Guide is unique among immigration law manuals because it provides a comprehensive detailed overview of the law that is both practical and easy to use. More than a compilation of immigration law topic articles, it’s a how-to manual containing clearly worded explanations of each subject and includes sample applications, charts, and examples to illustrate the concepts. This invaluable resource also provides practical advice on working with your clients to elicit the information you need to assist them efficiently and accurately.

A Guide for Immigration Advocates is a two-volume, practical guide for advocates to use in their everyday practice. In addition to substantive law, each chapter includes information on critical books for your library, internet research, systems for identifying the potential remedies in a case, and how to manage a caseload. This book is a real time-saver for attorneys and paralegals, whether working for a community organization or in private practice!

New and Updated Sections

We've added several new sections in this edition:

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Provisional Waivers
  • Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
  • Same-Sex Spouses
  • Asylum Clock
  • New Consequences of DUIs in Removal Cases


"The Guide for Immigration Advocates from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is an excellent manual, containing both very good practice tips, as well as excellent references to pertinent statutes and case law. It contains good examples to illustrate the many areas of immigration law covered, in addition to excellent samples, which can be actually utilized by practitioners in specific immigration law practice scenarios."

James Benzoni, Director of the Midwest Immigration Legal Project in Des Moines, Iowa

"Immigration law is complex, contradictory, and illogical. A Guide for Immigration Advocates provides one of the few clear outlines of immigration law designed for the novice. Having taught immigration law to paralegals for many years, I have reviewed many texts and this is the best."

Kathrin S. Mautino, Managing Partner of Mautino & Mautino and Instructor of the National Immigration Paralegal Training Program in San Diego, California