Ilona Bray


Ilona Bray, J.D. is an award-winning author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law and nonprofit fundraising. 

Educational background. Ilona received her law degree and a Master's degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington. She is a member of the Washington State Bar. Her undergraduate degree is from Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in philosophy. She actually viewed law school as an extension of her philosophy studies, with its focus on ethics, fundamental rights, and how people can get along in society—of particular concern to her as the daughter of a WWII refugee. 

Working background. Ilona has practiced law in corporate and nonprofit settings as well as in solo practice, where she represented immigrant clients seeking asylum, family-based visas, and more. She has also volunteered extensively, including a six-month fellowship at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle and a six-month internship at Amnesty International in London. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA), the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). 

Working at Nolo. Ilona started at Nolo in 2000 as a legal editor. Since then, she has not only continued to edit other writers' books and online articles, but also has taken an active role in planning and authoring new Nolo books. Many of these have become consistent Nolo bestsellers and award-winners, among them Effective Fundraising for NonprofitsNolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, and Selling Your House.  Ilona particularly enjoys interviewing people and weaving their stories into her books. She also won the 2012 "Best Blog" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE). 

Spare time. (What spare time?) Ilona enjoys swimming, gardening (though she's still looking for a vegetable the squirrels won't eat every last morsel of), cooking gluten- and sugar-free meals, and writing children's books.

Articles By Ilona Bray

Can U.S. Border (CBP) Officials Legally Search a U.S. Citizen's Electronic Devices?
A U.S. citizen must be allowed back into the U.S. after foreign travel—but how much digital information must he or she reveal in the entry process?
H-2B Visa for Temporary Nonagricultural Workers: Who Qualifies?
The H-2B visa was created to allow people to come to the U.S. temporarily as nonagricultural workers, to fill positions for which U.S. workers are in short supply.
Is Any Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants Available Now?
Whether any U.S. immigration programs offer opportunities for undocumented persons.
Filling Out Form I-821D, "Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals"
Everyone applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), whether for the first time or as a renewal, must fill out Form I-821D.
Can Green Card or DACA Holders Get Deported (Removed) for Attending Peaceful Protests?
If a lawful protest gets unruly or violent, you could find yourself committing or being arrested for acts that are grounds of deportability for green card holders and others, or crimes of the sort that can cause DACA holders to lose status.
How to Renew Your DACA Status
If you received a work permit and temporary right to remain in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, that grant was temporary, set to expire after two years.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Application Process
The application process for DACA deferred action based on childhood arrival to the U.S.
When Significant Misdemeanors Bar DACA Eligibility
When applying for the deferred action for childhood arrivals program (DACA) you must answer questions about your criminal background.
DACA Comes Back in Early 2021, Per Biden Executive Order
November 7, 2020 As part of Joe Biden's presidential campaign, he published a plan for immigration that covers numerous topics, DACA among them.