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CITIZENSHIP: UNITED STATES: GUIDES: A Selection of Guides to Citizenship in the United States

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    CITIZENSHIP: UNITED STATES: GUIDES: A Selection of Guides to Citizenship in the United States This post provides links to online guides to obtaining and beind
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      A Selection of Guides to Citizenship in the United States

      This post provides links to online guides to obtaining and beind United
      States Citizens.

      A Guide to Naturalization

      Note: Effective August 2, 2004, USCIS has changed its requirements for
      photographs to a standard passport-style photograph. Please see this
      informational flyer for more details.


      A shorter URL for the above link:


      Fees for Naturalization have changed since this version of the Guide was
      released. Please refer to our web page on the N-400, Application for
      Naturalization, for the current fee.

      Recent changes in immigration law and USCIS procedures now make it easier
      for U.S. military personnel to naturalize (see Naturalization Information
      for Military Personnel).

      A Guide to Naturalization (M-476) provides information on the benefits and
      responsibilities of citizenship, an overview of the naturalization
      process, and eligibility requirements.

      This comprehensive Guide (English edition rev. 2/04) is now available in
      several languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. You
      may access an edition of the Guide by clicking on the links provided

      To view the Guide, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or better.
      If you do not have this software you may download it from the Adobe

      A Guide to Naturalization (M-476) (English) (Please note: This is a large
      file - 1.9 MB - and may be too large to view from within your web browser.
      You may wish to save the file directly to your computer (using
      "right-click" and "Save As" on Windows systems) and then open the file
      directly in Acrobat Reader.)

      Una Gua para la Naturalizacin (Spanish)

      Isang guide para sa Naturalisasyon (Tagalog)

      A Guide to Naturalization (Chinese)

      A Guide to Naturalization (Vietnamese)

      Eligibility and Testing

      This section details general and special requirements for becoming a
      naturalized U.S. citizen. Please use the Naturalization Eligibility
      Worksheet or you may download the eligibility requirements in MS Word 6.0
      format or browse the information below.

      This page also provides U.S. History and Structure Study Guides for the
      Civics Exam, which applicants are required to pass before being considered
      eligible for U.S. Naturalization. Finally, be sure to try your knowledge
      of U.S. Government and History in our interactive self-test.

      If you already know that you are eligible, proceed directly to the section
      on Naturalization Application Procedures -- this provides information on
      filing your application, Form N-400.

      Naturalization Requirements

      General Naturalization Requirements

      Naturalization Information for Military Personnel (M-599) (PDF, 400KB)

      Download Entire Naturalization Requirements Document (MS Word 6.0
      Document, 23KB)

      Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet

      Waivers, Exceptions and Special Cases

      Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000

      Knowledge of English Language, U.S. History, and Government
      U.S. History and Government

      Naturalization Self Test (U.S. History and Government Online Test)

      Sample U.S. History and Government Questions - English Version (PDF, 169

      Sample U.S. History and Government Questions - Spanish Version (PDF, 200

      Sample U.S. History and Government Questions - Chinese Version (PDF, 420

      Download United States History Study Guide for Civics Exam (PDF, 286 KB)

      Download United States Government Structure Study Guide for Civics Exam
      (PDF, 141 KB)

      Naturalization Test Questions for Applicants Meeting 65/20 Exception -
      English Version (PDF, 136 KB)

      Naturalization Test Questions for Applicants Meeting 65/20 Exception -
      Spanish Version (PDF, 136 KB)

      Naturalization Test Questions for Applicants Meeting 65/20 Exception -
      Chinese Version (PDF, 336 KB)

      Civics Flash Cards

      Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons - English Version
      (PDF, 19 pages, 1.38 MB)

      Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons - Spanish Version
      (PDF, 23 pages, 1.46 MB)

      English Language

      Sample Sentences for Written English Testing

      Citizenship Resource Guide

      Ben's Guide (3-5): Citizenship

      Except for Native Americans, the United States is a nation of people who
      left their home country looking for a better life (immigrants). For this
      reason, the United States is sometimes called the "melting pot". As a
      result, the population of the United States is made up of a mixture of
      people from different countries, such as Ireland, China, and Mexico. The
      next time you are in class, look around. Everyone around you is different.
      Although your classmate may have been born in the United States, at some
      point, that person's family left their home country and came to the United
      States. Ask your parents about your family's history. But even though we
      are all different, we are all Americans.

      However, living in the United States doesn't automatically make one an
      American citizen. Residents of the United States can be aliens, nationals,
      or citizens.

      Aliens: Aliens are people who have left (emigrated) a foreign country to
      the United States. They have some of the same freedoms and legal rights as
      U.S. citizens, but they cannot vote in elections.
      National: American nationals are natives of American territorial
      possessions. They have all the legal protections which citizens have, but
      they do not have the full political rights of US citizens.
      Citizens: Persons born in the U.S. or to U.S. citizens in foreign
      countries are citizens of the United States. Persons born in other
      countries who want to become citizens must apply for and pass a
      citizenship test. Those who become citizens in this manner are naturalized
      Citizens of the U.S. enjoy all of the freedoms, protections, and legal
      rights which the Constitution promises.

      To learn more, choose from the following:
      Becoming a U.S. Citizen
      Rights of Citizens: The Bill of Rights
      Responsibilities of Citizens

      Becoming a U.S. Citizen

      When a person from a foreign country wants to become a US citizen, this
      process is called naturalization. The person has to do three things:

      Fill out an application form. The form asks questions about the persons
      background. The person also has a set of fingerprints taken.
      Take a citizenship test. The exam tests the persons knowledge of U.S.
      government and history.
      Appear before a judge in court. The judge listens to the persons reasons
      for wanting to become a U.S. citizen, and then decides if the person will
      be allowed to become a citizen.

      Citizenship Matters: A Guide for New Citizens


      A shorter URL for the above link:


      Published Books on Citizenship

      Title: Citizenship Made Simple
      ISBN: 0970090838
      Publisher: Next Decade, Inc.
      Author(s): Alan M. Lubiner, Barbara Brooks Kimmell
      Format: Paperback
      Publication Date: Nov 1, 2002
      Subject: Politics / Current Events

      Title: U.S. Citizenship Guidebook
      ISBN: 0967989809
      Publisher: Arturo Rodriguez
      Author(s): Arturo B. Rodriquez
      Format: Paperback
      Publication Date: Jun 1, 2000
      Subject: Study Guides
      Dimensions: 5.47 x 8.36 x 0.60 in
      Pages: 207

      Becoming a U.S. citizen: a guide to the law, exam, and interview
      Author: Bray, Ilona M.
      Publication: Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo, 2004

      U.S. immigration & citizenship: your complete guide
      Author: Wernick, Allan.
      Publication: Roseville, Calif. : Prima Pub., 2002

      Citizenship made simple: an easy-to-read guide to the U.S. citizenship
      Author: Kimmel, Barbara Brooks.; Lubiner, Alan M.
      Publication: Chester, N.J. : Next Decade, 2003

      Basic guide to naturalization and citizenship
      Corp Author: INS Outreach Program.
      Publication: Washington, DC : The Service :
      [For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O.], 1990
      Report No: M-230 Y; M-230
      Descriptor: Naturalization -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
      Citizenship -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.

      Note(s): Shipping list no.: 90-390-P./ "M-230 Y."/ "M-230"--Cover./
      Report: M-230 Y/ M-230
      Class Descriptors: GovDoc: J 21.6/3:N 21/2; GPO Item No: 725-A; LC:
      KF4710; Dewey: 323.623
      Responsibility: prepared by Outreach Program of the Immigration and
      Naturalization Service (INS).
      Material Type: Government publication (gpb); National government
      publication (ngp)

      So what is citizenship anyway?
      Author: Luthringer, Chelsea.
      Publication: New York : Rosen Pub. Group, 2000
      Document: English : Book : Elementary and junior high school

      U.S. immigration & citizenship: your complete guide
      Author: Wernick, Allan.
      Publication: Cincinnati, Ohio : Emmis Books, 2004

      Welcome to the United States
      A Guide for New Immigrants

      US Citizenship Application Guide
      Become a US Citizen by Naturalization, Complete Guide of Immigration and
      Citizenship Application Blog
      May 27
      US Citizenship Application and Immigration Question
      US Citizenship Resource Center:
      US Citizenship Application Kit
      Fast and easy to use application package, highly recommended.


      David Dillard
      Temple University
      (215) 204 - 4584
      General Internet & Print Resources
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