USC to INA ImmigrationConverter™
Title 8, U.S. Code* to Immigration and Nationality Act Converter

A dual citation system exists for federal immigration statutes. One is the Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA") classification. A parallel system lists the statutes in Title 8 of the United States Code. Identical immigration statutes appear in both, but with differing section numbers that do not match. Also, cross-references to other immigration statutes use only the numbers of the statutory collection being referenced. Federal immigration regulations generally follow the INA classification, as do immigration court decisions, so for a quick reference to regulations implementing a certain statute or understanding immigration judge decisions, the INA system is probably superior as a source. But many federal appellate court judicial decisions, and congressional research materials refer to or can be accessed much more easily using the numbers assigned to the statutes by the United States Code. There are tables in hard copy paper works and flat computer files to make finding the parallel citation easier from one system to another, and some INA collections give the parallel U.S.C. Code citation, but nothing employing computer search online. I developed this tool to fill the gap.

(Javascript must be enabled).Select a United States Code section from the drop down list. The statute's parallel designation in the Immigration and Nationality Act** will automatically appear in the text field to the right of it. To view the text of the section in Cornell University's LII U.S. Code collection, click button labelled "View USC version". Use the back button of your browser to return to the page again.

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*Source Executive Offices for Immigration Review, Interim Decisions, Vol. 24, http://www.justice.gov/eoir/vll/intdec/Vol%2024_pdf/Table%20USC%20-%20Vol%2024%20-%20Columns.pdf (last visited 12/20/2011).
**INA Secs. 404-407 omitted, dealing with authorization of appropriations, savings clauses, separability, and effective date, and appearing in 8 USC Sec. 1101 as notes.

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