How to Get a Green Card

How to Get a Green Card

Ilona Bray


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Foreign-born persons interested in obtaining a permanent right to live in the U.S. based on either a qualifying family relationship, humanitarian grounds such as asylum, or other non-employment-related means. This includes people living overseas as well a in the U.S., whether documented or not. U.S citizens or green card holders wishing to sponsor a relative will also find the book helpful, as will legal assistants or even attorneys looking for a summary of the law and procedures


  • In a time when immigration rules are constantly changing and non-citizens feel increasingly insecure, this book provides reliable information on what the law actually says and allows.
  • Provides more nuts and bolts details of the relevant application processes than other books on the market, including sample forms.
  • Devotes separate chapters to each category of green card covered (for example, one for parents of a U.S. citizen, one for spouses of citizens and residents), thus conveniently consolidating the relevant information.
  • Covers recent legal and procedural changes, including narrowing of asylum eligibility, impact of longer delays for all types of applications, updated Poverty Guidelines amounts (affecting how much income sponsors must prove), and more.

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    Ilona Bray:
    Ilona Bray, J.D. is an award-winning author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in immigration law, real estate, and nonprofit fundraising. Many of her books are consistent Nolo bestsellers, among them Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits, U.S. Immigration Made Easy, and Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home. She particularly enjoys interviewing people and weaving their stories into her books.
    Bray's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Master's degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington. In her spare time she enjoys writing children’s books, going to open houses, and gardening.