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Immigration Law Research Guide: 2. Administrative Regulations

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.

Administrative Regulations

The majority of administrative regulations are from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, and the Department of State.  (For more information about these agencies, see the Federal Agencies tab.)  For a comprehensive collection of immigration regulations, consult a resource such as the following:

Federal Immigration Laws and Regulations (West, 1993- ).

A helpful reference source containing both statutes and regulations.

Library: KF 4805.99 .F431


Where to find the Code of Federal Regulations:

Library: Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), KF70 .A32 (Level 1, East Reading Room)
Westlaw: CFR or FIM-CFR (immigration titles)
LexisNexis: CODES;CFR
Internet: Gov Info: CFR; USCIS: CFR Immigration Titles


Where to find the Federal Register:

Library: KF 70 A2 (Mezzanine Level)
LexisNexis: EXEC;FEDREG from July 1980
Westlaw: FR current (last 2 years)
FR-ALL (1936 - current)

Gov Info Federal Register (from 1936);
National Archives -
(can search and submit public comments)
HeinOnline Federal Register (1936 - current, UCLA Only)
EOIR, Federal Register Notices (1996 - present)

Links to Related Guides

Federal Administrative Law (UCLA Law Library)

The Federal Register: What it Is and How to Use It: An online tutorial created by the Office of the Federal Register.