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Immigration Law Research : Primary and Secondary Resources

This research guide provides information on finding statutes, regulations, case law, treatises, texts, forms, and current awareness information on immigration law.

Primary Resources

Primary sources of immigration law include United States Statutes, Federal Regulations, and United States Agency Decisions and Opinions. Below are a list of resources and relevant statutes and regulations.

Fee Based Databases

Westlaw (Individual password required)

Contents: United States Code Annotated, Code of Federal Regulations, Cases(U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Appeals and Federal District Courts), Federal Register, Foreign Affairs Manual, Board of Immigration Appeals Decisions (FIM-BIA), Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals Decisions (FIM-BALCA), and Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (FIM-OCAHO), Forms, Proposed & Enacted Legislation, Proposed & Adopted Regulations. 

Quick Navigation: Home Page > Practice Areas > Immigration > Resources (Browse Immigration) [on right side at top]

LexisNexis (Individual password required)

Contents: United States Code Annotated, Code of Federal Regulations, Cases(U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Appeals and Federal District Courts), Federal Register, Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals Decisions (BALCA), Office of Chief Admin. Hearing Officer Immigration Review Decisions (OCAHO), Board of Immigration Appeals Decisions (BIA), Administrative Appeals Office Decisions (AAO, formerly AAU), Forms.

Quick Navigation: Home Page > Browse > Sources > By Practice Area > Immigration Law > select (forms, secondary materials, decisions) [on left side at top]

Quick Navigation: Home Page > Browse > Topics > Immigration Law > select > (Continue narrowing selections)

AILALINK (Access to Barry Law students through Campus Intranet) 

Contents: Immigration and Nationality Act (INA),8 USC Provisions not in INA, Additional Statutory Provisions, Public Laws, CFR, Federal Register Rules and Notices, BIA / AG (I&N Dec. Vols. 1-26), Supreme Court Cases, U.S. Courts of Appeals, BALCA Cases, MOU, DHS Memos & Letters, USCIS / INS Memos & Letters, CBP Memos & Letters, ICE Memos & Letters, DOS Memos, Cables & Letters, DOL Memos & Letters, DOJ Memos & Letters, Other Agency Memos & Letters

Quick Navigation: AILALink Home Page > Contents > select (statutes and regs, Court decisions, forms) [on left side at top]

Free Databases

eCFR Electronic Code of Federal Regulations

FDSys United States Government Publishing Office Federal Digital System

Contents: United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Public and Private Laws

United States Department of Justice

EOIR Executive Office for Immigration Review

BIA Board of Immigration Appeals

Contents: OCIJ Practice Manual, BIA practice Manual, Immigration Judge Benchbook, EOIR Forms, AG and BIA Precedent Decisions, Federal Register, Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer Decisions,

USCIS United States Citizen and Immigration Services

Contents: USCIS regulations in Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations (8 CFR); Statutes, in the Immigration Nationality Act; USCIS Federal Register Publications, including notices, proposed, interim and final rules; Administrative Decisions from the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office; Handbooks and guides

Online Form Filing and Case Status:Forms, eFiling, Check case status

Immigration Statutes and Regulations

Statutes

Title 6, Ch. 1, Part IV - Directorate of Border and Transportation Security
Title 8 - Aliens & Nationality
Title 18, Chapter 69 - Nationality & Citizenship
Title 18, Chapter 75 - Passports & Visas

Regulations

CFR - Title 8 - Aliens & Nationality
CFR - Title 22 - State Department, Part E - Visas
CFR - Title 28 - Justice Department, Subpart U - Executive Office for Immigration Review

Secondary Resources

Secondary sources of immigration law include texts and treatises, law journals and law reviews, and other non-law sources.

Fee Based Databases

Westlaw (Individual password required)

Contents: Adjudicator's Field Manual, Asylum Case Law Sourcebook, Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals Deskbook, Customs Law and Administration - Commentary, Customs Law and Administration - Statutes, Customs Law and Administration - Treaties, Detention and Deportation Officers Field Manual, Fragomen Immigration Handbooks, Immigration Act of 1990 Today, Immigration Court Practice Manual, Immigration Judge Benchbook, Immigration Law & Business, Immigration Law & Crimes, Immigration Law & Defense, Immigration Law & the Family, Immigration Law Service 2d, Immigration Pleading & Practice Manual, Immigration Practice Library, Immigration Trial Handbook, INS Inspector's Field Manual, INS Operations Instructions, INS Training Materials, Law of Asylum in the United States, State Immigration Employment Compliance Handbook, Steel on Immigration Law, Technical Assistance Guide, The Law of Immigration, U.S. Citizenship & Naturalization Handbook.

Quick Navigation: Home Page > Practice Areas > Immigration > Resources (Browse Immigration) [on right side at top]

LexisNexis (Individual password required)

Contents: Bender's Immigration and Nationality Act Service, Bender's Immigration Litigation Forms, Bender's Immigration Regulations Service, Business Immigration Law: Forms and Filings, Corporate Immigration Law, Getting the Deal Through: Corporate Immigration, Global Business Immigration Practice Guide, Gordon, Mailman, Yale-Loehr & Wada Immigration Law and Procedure, Immigration Enforcement: I-9 Compliance Handbook, Immigration Issues in Employment (UKCLE), Immigration Law Practice Expediter, Immigration Practice Manual (MCLE), Immigration Emerging Issues, J Visa Guidebook.

Quick Navigation: Home Page > Browse > Sources > By Practice Area > Immigration Law > select (secondary materials) [on left side at top]

Quick Navigation: Home Page > Browse > Topics > Immigration Law > select > (Continue narrowing selections)

AILALINK (Access to Barry Law students through Campus Intranet) 

Contents: Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook 14th Edition,  Asylum, Criminal, & Removal Publications, Business Publications, Occupational Guidebooks, Consular Practice Publications,  Essentials of Immigration Law, The Entrepreneurial Lawyer - How to Run a Successful Immigration Practice, Diplomatic Visas Handbook, Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law 2013-14, Family Publications, Immigration Law & the Family, Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court 3rd Ed., Conference Publications.

Quick Navigation: AILALink Home Page > Contents > select (AILA Books, then select the resource) [on left side at top]

Law Journal and Law Review Databases (Additional databases are available on the Barry Law LIS Electronic Resources webpage)

HeinOnline is one of the most comprehensive tools currently available for legal research. It is the best interface for searching for law review articles and has most titles available from the first volume to today. It also contains a wide variety of databases including historic documents from early British, Scottish, and U.S.laws, as well as tribal law. It is a good resource for finding international treaties, laws and articles and otherwise hard-to-find resources such as Native American tribal law.

Quick Navigation: Barry Law intranet > Library & Information Services (LIS)  > Electronic Resources (Research Databases) [on left side of page] > (search databases alphabetically)

Free Databases

The Euliano Law Library Catalog contains hundreds of resources in print. You can search the library catalog for immigration related resources by--author, title, subject, Call number, ISBN, SUDOC number--or you can use the following specific subject codes to search for resources on United States immigration law.  

Emigration and immigration law -- Periodicals.
Emigration and immigration law -- Philosophy.
Emigration and immigration law -- United States.                            

 

Subject Guide

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