Essentials of Immigration Law, 4th Ed.

Essentials of Immigration Law, 4th Ed.

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New edition coming at the end on June.

Published Date June 2016
ISBN 978-1-57370-403-8
Length N/A
Format Print
SKU 54-03

  • Glossary of Terms
  • Glossary of Acronyms
  • List of Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas
  • USC to INA Conversion Chart
  • Selected Bibliography

Essentials of Immigration Law by Richard A. Boswell provides the foundation necessary for an understanding of everything immigration—from the passage of the first immigration-related statute to the current state of affairs.

This indispensable reference, now in its fourth edition, offers a practical overview of the entire area of U.S. immigration law and will help you comprehend:

  • Labor Certification
  • Consular Processing
  • Citizenship/Naturalization
  • Deportation/Removal/Inadmissibility
  • Waivers
  • Asylum
  • Criminal Violations
  • Family-Based Immigration
  • Employment-Based Immigration
  • Administrative/Judicial Review

Essentials of Immigration Law will provide the foundation every attorney, law student, and law office staff member needs to build his or her understanding of U.S. immigration laws.

ATTENTION Law Professors: This publication is a great learning tool and is used by numerous adjunct professors and law school faculty to teach the fundamentals of immigration law. To learn more about the use of Essentials for your class, contact

"This book is an excellent resource for law students studying immigration law. This text is also a 'must have' for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, who are not familiar with U.S. immigration laws but need a handy tool to refer to with questions on this area of the law. The author's many years of both practical and teaching experience come together in this work to produce a much needed resource …."
-Anna Marie Gallagher, attorney and author of AILA's Focus on Private Bills — Pardons (AILA)

"This book is ideal for law students, paralegals, law clerks, and laypersons. The word 'essential' in the title is most appropriate, because the book covers everything that one needs to know about this dynamic and complex field of law. Professor Boswell's book is now th[e] one comprehensive yet readable book about immigration law. I recommend it with pleasure."
-Alberto Manuel Benitez, Professor of Clinical Law and Director, Immigration Clinic, The George Washington University School of Law

"Drawing from his excellent scholarship and that of others, [Professor Richard Boswell] has put together a primer that covers all the bases in this fascinating and important field of study and practice. It is well organized, carefully constructed, and very detailed. I expect to use this often: for convenience, for reference, and for teaching short courses …."
-Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law, University of Houston Law Center

"Essentials of Immigration Law is geared toward attorneys who are new to the practice of immigration law. The book provides a brief overview of the entire body of immigration law, and does it in a format that is easy to read and comprehend."
-Nancy M. Lawrence, professorial lecturer and adjunct professor at The George Washington University and American University

Richard A. Boswell is a professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and director of the law school’s Immigrants' Rights Clinic. He is a frequent lecturer throughout the United States and abroad before lawyers and others on a range of immigration topics. Professor Boswell is the author of numerous books and law review articles in the immigration field, most notable of which is his law school casebook, Immigration Law and Procedure: Cases and Materials (4th ed. 2010). He also is co-author of Refugee Law and Policy: A Comparative and International Approach (4th ed. 2011). Professor Boswell served as co–editor-in-chief of the Clinical Law Review and president of the Clinical Legal Education Association. He is a long-time member of AILA and has served on its board of governors. Professor Boswell also has worked in a number of countries (the West Bank and Gaza, Latin America, and, most recently, Haiti) consulting on the establishment of clinical law programs and rule-of-law projects.