US Immigration Made Easy by Attorney Ilona Bray

I helped my wife, at the time my fiance, emigrate to the U.S. while I was attending law school. I was not yet an attorney, nor had I taken any classes on international law or immigration. Unfortunately, finances were such that it necessitated that I do the work myself, rather than hire an experienced immigration attorney to assist me. That proves that it can be done by yourself. As an attorney, I assisted a number of people with immigration matters, and it varied from doing just about everything for them, and just having them sign where I told them to at times, to reviewing self-done work to offer limited advice due to the finances of my clients. I provided the services they needed, or wanted to pay for. While I found a number of websites, including the official government website, to be quite helpful, I wish I would have had “U.S. Immigration Made Easy” by Attorney Ilona Bray when I was a law student working at getting my fiance to the U.S. The book would also have been good to help when I was assisting clients with immigration matters, and I would have suggested it to a few of them that wanted to do more of the work themselves.

The book’s cover says it is the most complete immigration book available, and at nearly 600 pages, this claim is most likely true. I have not checked all books available, but this certainly is a complete work on immigration, aimed, like all Nolo published books, at non-attorneys. The book makes a complex subject more accessible to those without law degrees, but even with my law degree, I appreciate the easy to understand language used in the book.

The book is logically organized, making it easy to find what you need. After a one-page introduction, the book is divided into twenty-four chapters that are arranged in three main parts. Part One focuses on getting started and eligibility and procedures for immigrating to the U.S. The chapters include: Where to Begin on Your Path Toward Immigration; Are You Already a U.S. Citizen?; Can You Enter or Stay in the U.S. at All?; Dealing With Paperwork, Government Officials, Delays, and Denials; Special Rules for Canadians and Mexicans; and How and When to Find a Lawyer. Part Two provides an introduction to Permanent U.S. Residence (Green Cards).

The chapters consist of: Getting a Green Card Through Family Members in the U.S.; Getting a K-1 Visa to Marry Your U.S. Citizen Fiance; Getting a Green Card Through Employment; Getting a Green Card Through the Diversity Visa Lottery; Getting a Green Card as an Investor; Getting a Green Card as a Special Immigrant; Humanitarian Protections: TPS, DED, Asylee, and Refugee Status; and After Your Approval for a Green Card. Part Three is on Nonimmigrant (Temporary) Visas, and the chapters cover: Getting a Business or Tourist (B-1 or B-2) Visa; Getting a Temporary Specialty Worker (H-1B) Visa; Getting an H-2B (Temporary Nonagricultural Worker) Visa; Getting a Temporary Trainee (H-3) Visa; Getting an L-1 (Intracompany Transferee) Visa; Getting an E-1 (Treaty Trader) Visa; Getting a Treaty Investor (E-2) Visa; Getting a Student (F-1 or M-1) Visa; Getting a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa; and Getting a Visa as a Temporary Worker in a Selected Occupation (O, P, or R Visa).

As you can figure out from the proceeding paragraph, one would not have to read this book cover to cover. Certain chapters will have no bearing on particular cases. As someone who helps different people periodically with immigration matters, this is a great reference to have. If you are doing it yourself, you will need to select what chapters your particular case falls under and use that chapter to assist with your immigration matters and the strategy you will use to accomplish your goals.

The book does lay everything you need out very well, and it includes checklists to assist with making sure nothing falls through the cracks. (Believe me, you don’t want things to fall through the cracks, because it can then delay things in an already timely process.) I also like that this book has a lot of practical inside tips that you don’t find on forms and websites. Bray’s experience and insights are very useful and add to the practicality of this book.

Like any legal book, laws can change. For this reason, it is always good to have the most recent editions, and to check to ensure any law you are relying on is still good law and has not been changed. Government websites can assist with this, or obviously, seeking the assistance of an attorney who is up to date on the law. Bottom line, this is an excellent book for anyone considering emigrating to the United States or helping someone who is.

Family Law Attorney – Their Services

This is a branch of the law that deal with domestic relations and family matters like marriage, adoption, child abuse, child abduction, property settlements, child support and visitation, and more. It is also referred to as matrimonial law. In many jurisdictions, family courts are the ones with the most-crowded court dockets. The attorney who handles these types of cases is called a family law attorney or lawyer. The main two issues that this lawyer would handle are legal separations and divorce. During these issues, the attorney would attempt to dive marital property, advocate the amount that should be paid for alimony and child support, settle child custody issues, and set visitation rights. In divorce and separation cases, each party will have their own family law attorney. If no settlement can be reached for any issues they could be taken into the court and they judge would usually issue the final order on the issues.

Adoption is another field that a family law attorney handles. The attorney will help the couple through the many steps that has to be taken in order to make the adoption legal. In every jurisdiction, the laws are different and may vary according to how old the child is. In some locations the birth parents will always retain some rights while in other jurisdictions, all of their legal parental rights have been given up completely.

Another duty that a family law attorney does is create documents to help prevent foreseeable future issues. One example is creating a prenuptial agreement that will set forth how the assets would be divided if the couple were to divorce. It could also be a post-nuptial agreement that not only how assets would be divided but also how child visitation, custody, and support should be arranged. They may also set up a trust fund in the name of children or a spouse if they have that level of expertise. In some situations, a family law attorney may have to handle criminal issues. The attorney could specialize in specific areas like domestic violence or juvenile law.

A family law attorney can work in a law firm or open their own offices. To become an attorney you will have to attend law school and then pass an exam in order to become a practicing attorney. Before going on to law school, you will have to have a high school diploma or the equivalent as long as it is jurisdiction accepted. While in college, you need to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in any major but it is helpful for preparing for a law career if it is a business major, law-related, or in political science. To help gain some experience work as a clerk or intern in a law firm that specializes in family law.