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Immigration & Asylum Resources: Administrative Materials, Forms & Guidance


The law library has a limited user subscription to AILALink, an online research platform created and maintained by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILALink includes immigration statutes and regulations, case law, agency decisions and guidance documents, government manuals and AILA-produced reports and materials. It also provides access to AILA's secondary sources including Kurzban's Immigration Law Source Book and the AILA's Asylum Primer among many others. For more information, please contact 


Materials Issued by Federal Agencies

Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals Deskbook: 

The BALCA Deskbook serves as  reference source for labor certification law, explaining various points of law and providing back-up case citations. Available in print and online from the Department of Labor, Westlaw or Lexis Advance.

Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) & Handbooks:

Department of State publication that includes the organization structures, policies, and procedures that govern the operations of the State Department, the Foreign Service and, when applicable, other federal agencies. The Manual generally covers policies while the handbooks focus on procedures. 

Guidance Documents

Source: Max Pixel CC0 Public Domain License
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Federal Agency Materials Available in Print