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Family-based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts
Editor: Charles Wheeler, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)

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Family-based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts, edited by Charles Wheeler of Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), is a practical guide to all aspects of family-based immigration, including immediate relatives and the preference system, application process for permanent residence, consular processing, immigrating through marriage, grounds of inadmissability, the affidavit of support, and other topics of concern to practitioners.

  • Chapter One: Family-Based Immigration: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System
  • Chapter Two: Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence
  • Chapter Three: Adjustment Of Status
  • Chapter Four: Consular Processing
  • Chapter Five: Immigrating Through Marriage
  • Chapter Six: Grounds Of Inadmissibility
  • Chapter Seven: Waivers Of Inadmissibility
  • Chapter Eight: Affidavit Of Support
  • Chapter Nine: Self-Petitions For Abused Spouses And Children
  • Chapter Ten: Ethics
  • Numerous CD-ROM Resource Materials
For Detailed Table of Contents, see here.


Charles Wheeler, Esq. is a senior attorney with Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) in San Francisco. Prior to joining CLINIC, Mr. Wheeler directed the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles, which serves a similar function. He has been specializing in immigration law and aliens' rights issues for 25 years. He is considered an expert in several aspects of immigration law. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland School of Law.

The CLINIC network is quite possibly the largest immigration law service provider in the world. The CLINIC network employs about 600 attorneys and paralegals in over 250 offices and represents more than 100,000 immigrants each year. This large volume of cases gives CLINIC a perspective considerably broader than immigration law practices in the areas of immigration law typically handled by CLINIC, even esoteric cases become routine with a large volume. This broad perspective and large volume has resulted in CLINIC's developing tried-and-true methods of handling many types of immigration matters. ILW.COM is transforming CLINIC's internal training manuals into book form to enable immigration practitioners to learn from CLINIC's experience and knowledge and make available CLINIC's expertise to law firms serving immigrant communities.

"So well written and easy to understand that it should be keep out of the hands of the general public!" Michael L. Detzky, Esq.

"I have purchased all three of these books and find them very, very helpful"
Richard Coffin, Esq.

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