The September 2001 terrorist attack in America was a great shock to the US, and the world. It had its impact in terms of reduced movement of visitors to the US but slowly the magnetism of America reemerged with renewed vigour and new confidence. The American Dream continues in the 21st century and so does the demand for GATEWAY TO AMERICA, which now goes into its fifth edition with latest data and procedures incorporated together with website addresses. This product would be without soul but for advertising support from various sponsors and INDO-AMERICAN SOCIETY bringing this to the users.

Dramatic changes took place in US Immigration regulations and the Internet changed life-style and work-style of people around the globe. I wondered whether the use of physical book would have relevance any more, as host of information is available on multitude of websites. But one of my friends prompted me that "A book in hand is worth hundreds of websites in the net." This boosted me to produce the fifth edition. Smith White Sharma Halpern (SWSH), an Atlanta (Georgia)- based law firm gave me deeper exposure to the wonderful world of US Immigration by involving me in the Annual Conference of American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA) in 2004 at Philadephia and in 2005 at Salt Lake City. This participation aided me to add value to this book by expanding content and coverage for reader benefit.

Visiting America has been a cherished dream for many Indians. Many of them have been able to fulfil this dream by actually visiting the US and a few others have made America their permanent home. About a million Indians currently live in America and possibly many more times that number aspire to enrich their lives by going to America as a visitor or as a student or as an immigrant.

I have found sustained interest in all sections of the Indian society, across the nation, among men and women, among elitist groups and middle-class families in going to America to witness the strongest economy in the world, to experience its technological excellence and scientific accomplishment; and, to participate in 'the Americanism' with expectations of an improved life, economically and otherwise.

There exists an information gap, partially or fully, among many potential Indian visitors to the US, which ranges from general information on America to US visa regulations, which change periodically.

People keep coming to me from time to time for consultation on various aspects of American living. This has happened for some years now and it was when my valued friend Mr. Vinod Murarka motivated the thought that I write a book based on my accumulated knowledge on America, that I seriously thought of undertaking this project for the benefit of India's travel-bugs and explorers of improved life and in the process contribute towards increased Indo-US understanding. Mr. Murarka very kindly assisted in production and marketing the first edition of this book in India and America.

I am indebted to Mr. Nani Palkhivala, former Indian Ambassador to the USA and past President, Indo-American Society for blessing this book with his Foreword. I was very much encouraged by the assistance received from the United States Information Services (USIS) and the US Consulate in Mumbai in the form of tourist literature and general information. Data available from the USIS, the United States Education Foundation in India (USEFI) and the Indian newspapers published in the USA were very useful in the preparation of the first two and the last two chapters of this book. It was also very kind of the International Airline Passengers Association (IAPA) to allow me to use one of the chapters of its "Flight Log" publication in preparation of the second chapter.

I am grateful to the US Immigration attorneys, Allen E Kaye, Michael Phulwani and Dan P Danilov, who allowed me to use information from many of their pamphlets on US visa regulations which helped me in compiling my chapters on US visas. I am also indebted to Messrs. Kaye and Phulwani who took pains in editing these chapters for the first three editions. Mr Phulwani continued to edit fourth and fifth edition.

GATEWAY TO AMERICA aims to aid the following Indians:

1) Those undertaking foreign travel for the first time
2) Those going to the US for the first time
3) Stundents going for higher studies in the US
4) Tourists visiting the US
5) Business visitors to the US
6) Temorary workers in the US
7) Immigrants to the US
8) Travel agents and airlines who book travel between India and the US and
9) Indians in the US.

This latest 2006 edition is a product largely of e-communications from a host of websites devoted to US immigration presented by US Government, US Embassy and Consulates, US immigration lawyers, US-based Indian immigration attorneys and the like. Vital information was obtained from Congressional Research Service reports of the USA.

What new is offered by Gateway to America- 2006?
1 Latest and most updated information in all chapters of the book
2 Extensive and specialized frequently asked questions with answers in visa chapters
3 Detailed guidance ion visa procedures based on experience of Indian applicants(New)
4 Tips at the end of each chapter(New)
5 Comprehensive listing of hundreds of web sites (New)
6 Key points are emphasized in bold for reader convenience.(New)
7 CD of immigration forums given with the book (New)

Gujarati version of GATEWAY TO AMERICA
In order to meet the popular demand of this book by a large number of people in Gujarat, for the first time, a Gujarati version of GATEWAY TO AMERICA was launched in September 2006 at Ahmedabad and Vadodara (Baroda). A sizable number of Gujaratis from Gujarat form the immigrant population of Indians in the US and many potential immigrants to America are located in Gujarat. The book was inaugurated in Ahmedabad by eminent legal expert Mukesh Patel and in Vadodara by Mrs. Gujarat--Dr. Nilima Sompura.

I All about America
II Study in American
III Take-off ( from India) and Landing (in the US)
IV Nonimmigrant visas (NIVs) to the USA
V Immigrant visas(IVs to the USA)
VI Select Immigration Issues and US Citizenship
VII Indian in America