Immigration Practice - Fifteenth Edition
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Immigration Practice comprehensively guides readers through all aspects of immigration law and practice in one volume, complete with over 3,000 footnote citations to the wide range of statutes, regulations, court and administrative cases, policy memos, operations instructions, agency interpretive letters, and internet sites that a lawyer needs for complete understanding of any particular immigration problem or issue. No other source merges the practical with detailed commentary and analysis so helpfully. The author, was the first presidential appointment as Chief Counsel of United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the world's largest immigration services agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and has over 25 years of immigration law experience.
Immigration Practice explains in understandable language and meaningful and dependable detail the substantive issues and the practical procedures a lawyer needs to handle a specific immigration matter, complete with checklists of forms, supporting evidence, and other strategies needed for application/petition packages. The book has unparalleled coherence, integration and consistency and is a required reference for all those involved in immigration law and practice.
• Liberally cross references to other sections in the book where related topics are discussed (because so many topics are interrelated).
• Line-by-line instructions on how to complete the most commonly used forms to avoid embarrassing mistakes.
• Lists the contents of packages to file with government agencies: forms and fees, detailed support letters, and other supporting evidence.
• Explanations of potentially applicable visa options organized according to the attributes of the foreign national (and the employer), rather than classifications in alphabetical order, so that practitioners can make sense of options in light of the client in the office.
• Comparisons and charts of attributes and procedures of such topics as non-immigrant visa classifications, procedures to permanent residence, and standards of "extreme" hardship.
• Citations throughout the book, and collection in the extensive Appendices, to primary source materials and the most useful Internet site URLs with explanation of the increasingly helpful free databases and tools available through each one.
Robert C. Divine is a Partner and leader of the Immigration Group of Baker Donelson, a law firm of over 550 lawyers and public policy advisors with offices in 13 cities from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans.
Mr. Divine has over 25 years of immigration law experience and served in Washington, D.C. from July 2004 until November 2006 as the first presidentially appointed Chief Counsel of United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the world's largest immigration services agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). From July 2005 until July 2006, he served as Acting Director and then Acting Deputy Director of USCIS. In early 2004 he served as an expert for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom evaluating the impact on asylum claims from DHS' implementation of expedited removal procedures.
He has practiced immigration law since 1986 and in the last several years has chaired the American Immigration Lawyers Association's "Inter-Agency" Committee and its Liaison Committee to the U.S. Department of State. He has served as an expert witness in U.S. and foreign courts.
His practice includes all aspects of U.S. immigration law, representing large and small international and domestic employers, investors, developers, regional centers, family sponsors, and individual foreign nationals. He has also litigated significant business matters, including class action employment discrimination, contract, commercial, product liability, antitrust, ERISA benefits, business torts (including RICO, misrepresentation, Consumer Protection Act), and immigration-related criminal matters.
Some of the most experienced and acclaimed immigration lawyers in the USA have said:
"Immigration Practice is a handy reference work for both the novice and the experienced practitioner with a novel organizational approach that focuses on real life situations rather than the statutory category."
--Daryl Buffenstein, Partner at Berry Appleman & Luden LLP. He is former Chair of the national immigration practice group of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. He is former President and General counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
"Immigration Practice is filled with practical, down to earth information in a format that is easy to use. I bought one for each member of my staff."
--Peter Williamson, Houston, TX. Mr. Williamson is Former President of AILA (1994-1995) and served as Chair of the Texas Chapter, on the National Board of Governors (1982-present), and on the National Executive Committee.
"Immigration Practice fills a niche that needed filling: A single volume with all the basics explained in plain English for newcomers, and plenty of sophisticated discussion with lots of footnotes for old hands. The appendix alone is worth the price of the book! I keep this volume on my desk as a convenient and thorough reference. You can tell that it was prepared by an experienced practitioner who understands the practical side of an immigration practice and who is result oriented."
--Dale M. Schwartz, Atlanta, GA is a Former President of AILA (1986-87), and has testified as an expert witness before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate on immigration legislation. Mr. Schwartz serves as an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Emory University School of Law.
"Having Immigration Practice is like having an AILA mentor sitting beside you at work. Your real-world examples, suggestions and strategies make the morass of laws and regulations comprehensible."
--R. Mike Borland, Borland & Borland, Attorneys at Law, P.C., Midland, Texas
"Immigration Practice is excellent and very practical. I use it for my Immigration Law classes. My students appreciate the focus on the real-life practice of Immigration Law, as opposed to the theory and policy of immigration. The charts regarding eligibility for various visas and forms of relief are indispensable for students and practitioners alike."
--David C. Koelsch, Assistant Professor and Director, Immigration Law Clinic, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, named by AILA as Outstanding Immigration Law Professor
"Immigration Practice is an absolutely fabulous resource, unlike anything else on the market, oriented toward the attorney rather than the paralegal."
--David Ware, Metairie, LA is very active in AILA and NAFSA; Association of International Educators.He currently is serving a third term on the AILA’s Liaison Committee to the US Department of Labor, as well as the Healthcare Professionals/Physicians Committee.
"I order regularly Immigration Practice. We love it, and are using it frequently."
--Elizabeth Espin Stern, Mayer Brown, Washington, DC, Partner and Heads the firm's Global Migration & Migration Practice Group.
In-house counsel have said:
"I am really impressed by Immigration Practice. I picked a few arcane questions to look up and found the subjects right away in the index. The text was clear and practical. We find it very useful."
--Joseph K. Venishnick, Chief Labor and Employment Counsel, Alstom Power, Inc.. Hartford, CT
Other practitioners have said:
"I use Immigration Practice in preference to the other immigration law treatises I have tried. It really is the best of its kind - the easiest to use and the most complete."
--Jonathan David Guze, Durham, NC
"I have enjoyed and profited a great deal from Immigration Practice."
--Philip Berns, Stamford, CT
"I just bought the latest edition of your book, Immigration Practice, and I use it every day. It is the best book on immigration available. I have used your book far more than any other since starting my practice in 2005. I am very grateful to you for writing it."
--K. Craig Dobson, Esq. Dobson Immigration Law & Policy, LLC. Hilton Head Island, SC.