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Immigration Law: Primary Sources

Statuatory Authority

The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) provides the foundation for immigration law. It was passed in 1952 and has been subsequently amended.  The "Laws" section of the USCIS website provides access to the INA as well as providing a list of amendments to the INA by public law number (beginning with the 99th Congress). The INA is found in Title 8 of the United States Code.

While no cost access to the INA may be available, researchers may desire to use an annotated version of the U.S. Code to locate additional resources on a particular provision of the INA.  One annotated versions of the code, United States Code Annotated (USCA) is available in print in the Chickasaw Nation Law Library Reference Area.  The United States Code Service (USCS) is located in the General Collection. Electronic access to the USCA is available via Westlaw.  Electronic Access to the USCS is available via Lexis Advance.


The USCIS Website provides access to policy memoranda and manuals.

Regulatory Authority

Electronic access to the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) is available at no cost via the Government Printing Office's (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys), Govinfo, and the Legal Information InstituteYou may also access the C.F.R. via subscription databases, including HeinOnline, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw.  Because it provides access to annotated versions of the C.F.R., use of Westlaw may be preferable. 

Cases and Administrative Decisions

Bureau of Immigration Appeals Cases are available via the Department of Justice's Virtual Library.

Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) decisions are available via the Department of Labor website.


Subject Guide

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