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The USCIS Policy Manual
The USCIS Policy Manual is the agency’s centralized online repository for USCIS’ immigration policies. The USCIS Policy Manual will ultimately replace the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), the USCIS Immigration Policy Memoranda site, and other policy repositories.
Code of Federal Regulations: Title 8
The general provisions of laws enacted by Congress are interpreted and implemented by regulations issued by various agencies. These regulations apply the law to daily situations. After regulations are published in the Federal Register, they are collected and published in the Code of Federal Regulations, commonly referred to as the CFR. The CFR is arranged by subject title and generally parallels the structure of the United States Code. Thus, Title 8 of the CFR deals with "Aliens and Nationality", as does Title 8 of the U.S. Code.
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
Immigration and Nationality Act
The Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA, was created in 1952. Before the INA, a variety of statutes governed immigration law but were not organized in one location. The McCarran-Walter bill of 1952, Public Law No. 82-414, collected and codified many existing provisions and reorganized the structure of immigration law. The Act has been amended many times over the years, but is still the basic body of immigration law.
NACARA Section 203
On November 19, 1997, President Clinton signed into law the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA). NACARA provides various forms of immigration benefits and relief from deportation to certain Nicaraguans, Cubans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, nationals of former Soviet bloc countries and their dependents.
Other Immigration CFRs
Title 6, Title 22, and other agencies' regulations.
TRAC Criminal Statutes Most Frequently Used in Immigration Prosecutin
List of the provisions of the U.S. Code that is most frequently used in immigration prosecutions.
USCIS Federal Register Announcements
Provides a listing of regulations and other notices that were published in the Federal Register.
The USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has jurisdiction over the appeals from decisions on most immigration petitions and applications that are entered by USCIS regional service centers and district offices.
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
It provides a wide range of administrative, legal, financial, management, program, and information technology services to the federal courts.
Board of Immigration Appeals (Home)
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws.
EOIR Immigration Court Listings
Executive Office of Immigration Review.
Includes info about the courts. Lists courts by state in alphabetical order.
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)
Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings.
Includes Federal Rules of Appellate, Civil, Criminal, and Bankruptcy procedure, and Federal Rules of Evidence.
Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer.
Office of Administrative Law Judges
About the office and contact information. Also includes immigration collection: Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals and Office of Administrative Law Judges.
Office of Chief Immigration Judge
The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ) provides overall program direction, articulates policies and procedures, and establishes priorities for more than 230 immigration judges located in more than 55 immigration courts throughout the Nation.
TRAC Immigration Court Backlog
Pending Cases and Length of Wait in Immigration Courts. Pending cases by state, court, hearing location, and nationality. Free service from Syracuse University.
TRAC Immigration Court Outcomes
Completed Cases and Completion Time in Immigration Courts. By state, hearing center, court location or nationality. Cases can be viewed by removals, voluntary departures, terminations (no grounds for removal), and relief granted.
TRAC Immigration Reports
Contains information about immigration judges in the United States. Free service from Syracuse University
U.S. Sentencing Commission
The Sentencing Commission is an independent agency in the judicial branch of government.
United States Supreme Court
Official website of the Supreme Court, includes dockets, decisions, rules, and official filings.
USCIS: Case Status Search
Website allowing applicants to check the status of their case by inserting the assigned receipt number.
The collection of resources in this guide is partially based on resources in Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook.
This guide was created by Cynthia Pittson and is currently maintained by Pace Law Library Reference Librarians.