Families & Immigration

A Practical Guide
4th Edition
Lourdes Martinez, Erin Quinn & Sally Kinoshita, ILRC Staff Attorneys, with Nora Privitera & Ann Block
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Families & Immigration: A Practical Guide is an essential tool for practitioners who assist in all aspects of family-sponsored immigration.  This single volume resource is designed for everyday practice by new and seasoned immigration attorneys, immigration paralegals, community-based organizations or family immigration advocates.

This guide provides a comprehensive overview of family immigration law with clearly worded explanations, samples and charts.  It reaches all aspects of family-sponsored immigration, including a thorough examination of issues related to immigration through marriage.  Both the legal requirements and procedural instructions are covered in detail.  This tool is intended to guide you step-by-step through the process of filing a family-based visa petition, an adjustment of status, immigrant visa application or any other related form or application. You will find a comprehensive discussion of each of the following topics:

  • Affidavit of support
  • Adjustment of status
  • Consular processing
  • Child Status Protection Act
  • Conditional residence and the Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence, including the corresponding waivers
  • Grounds and waivers of inadmissibility, including the new Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
  • Petition for Alien Relative
  • V and K visas

Families & Immigration: A Practical Guide also walks readers through the Violence Against Women Act and explains the self-petitioning process for immigrant victims of domestic violence. The guide presents alternate immigration remedies that are available for victims of domestic violence.