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Immigration Law Research Guide: Home

Provides general and specialized sources for researching U.S. immigration law, including online government resources, statutes, regulations & case law, plus general and specialized secondary sources and immigration-related organizations.


This guide describes primary and secondary legal sources related to immigration law.  It is intended to provide a wide range of materials for beginning research in immigration topics and is not intended to be an exhaustive presentation of all relevant materials.

Researching immigration law can be confusing because it is a complex patchwork of laws, administrative regulations. and decisions from multiple federal agencies and the federal courts of appeal.  Additionally, immigration law is continuously changing.

The guide proceeds as follows:

Please note that some databases may only be accessed by UCLA or UCLA LAW users; also, LexisNexis and Westlaw passwords are necessary to access the LexisNexis and Westlaw databases. *NOTE: UCLA School of Law provides Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis & Westlaw accounts for UCLA law students, faculty, and staff only.

For a detailed account of landmark immigration cases, see:

Immigration Stories, edited by David A. Martin & Peter H. Schuck (Foundation Press; Thomson/West, 2005). *Also available online (via West Academic Study Aids Subscription).

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