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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Official Government Citizenship Page

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Official U.S. Citizenship Forms

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N-400, Application for Naturalization

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USCIS Policy Manual

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Guide to the Adult Citizenship Education Content Standards and Foundation Skills

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2008 Civics Practice Test

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F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training Can Now File Form I-765 Online
04/12/2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online if they are filing under one of these categories:

  • (c)(3)(A) – Pre-Completion OPT;
  • (c)(3)(B) – Post-Completion OPT; and
  • (c)(3)(C) – 24-Month Extension of OPT for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

OPT is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or after completing their academic studies (post-completion). Eligible F-1 students who receive STEM degrees may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT.

“USCIS remains committed to maximizing our online filing capabilities,” said Senior Official Performing the Duties of USCIS Director Tracy Renaud. “The I-765 online filing option allows eligible students to file forms online in a more user-friendly fashion and increases efficiencies for adjudicators.”

The option to file Form I-765 online is only available to F-1 students filing Form I-765 for OPT. If an applicant submits Form I-765 online to request employment authorization on or after April 15, but is eligible for a different employment authorization category, USCIS will deny the application and retain the fee. As USCIS continues to transition to paperless operations, the agency will work to expand online filing for Form I-765 to additional categories.

Online filing allows applicants to submit forms electronically, check the status of their case anytime from anywhere, and receive notices from USCIS online instead of waiting for them in the mail. USCIS is using innovation and technology to meet the needs of applicants, petitioners and employees. Regardless of the paper or electronic format of an application or petition, USCIS is committed to ensuring a secure and efficient process for all.

Individuals can file 11 USCIS forms online, which can all be found on the Forms Available to File Online page. To file these forms online, individuals must first create a USCIS online account at https://myaccount.uscis.gov/. This free account allows them to:

  • Submit their forms;
  • Pay their fees;
  • Track the status of their case;
  • Communicate with USCIS through a secure inbox; and
  • Respond to Requests for Evidence.

USCIS continues to accept the latest paper version of these forms by mail.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on TwitterInstagramYouTubeFacebook and LinkedIn.

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Immigration Medical Examinations

09/14/2021

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, effective Oct. 1, 2021, applicants subject to the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination and sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.

We are updating our policy guidance in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Aug. 17, 2021 update to the Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons. That update requires applicants subject to the immigration medical examination to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series (one or two doses, depending on the vaccine) and provide documentation of vaccination to the civil surgeon before completion of the immigration medical examination. This requirement is effective Oct. 1, 2021, and applies prospectively to all Forms I-693 signed by the civil surgeons on or after that date. We are working on updating Form I-693 and the form instructions to incorporate this new requirement.

In general, individuals applying to become a lawful permanent resident, and other applicants as deemed necessary, must undergo an immigration medical examination to show they are free from any conditions that would render them inadmissible under the health-related grounds. USCIS designates eligible physicians as civil surgeons to perform this immigration medical examination for applicants within the United States and to document the results of the immigration medical examination on the Form I-693.

USCIS may grant blanket waivers if the COVID-19 vaccine is:

  • Not age-appropriate;
  • Contraindicated due to a medical condition;
  • Not routinely available where the civil surgeon practices; or
  • Limited in supply and would cause significant delay for the applicant to receive the vaccination.

Individuals may also apply for individual waivers based on religious beliefs or moral convictions by submitting Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.

For more information, see the policy alert.

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Books

Pass the U.S. citizenship exam. 

Adult Non-Fiction   323.623 PASS

"This all-in-one contains everything needed to prepare for and pass the U.S. Citizenship exam and become a U.S. citizen. Inside you will find: 100 official USCIS history and civics questions and answers - A sample N-400 Form--application for naturalization - Vocabulary lists that cover all the words you need to know to take the exam - A walkthrough of the citizenship process - Sample interview questions and the best way to answer them"--Amazon.com.

Citizenship basics : your guide to U.S. citizenship

Adult Non-Fiction   323.623 CITIZENS

Citizenship - United States - Examinations - Study Guides

U.S. citizenship test / Gladys E. Alesi

Adult Non-Fiction   323.623 ALESI

Citizenship - United States - Examinations - Study Guides

U.S. citizenship test : 100 questions and answers / J.S. Aaron. 

Adult Non-Fiction   323.623 AARON

Citizenship - United States - Examinations - Questions

U.S. citizenship test:  Spanish - English - Español - Inglés: 100 bilingual questions and answers : 100 preguntas y respuestas del examen de ciudadania de EE.UU/ J.S. Aaron

Adult Non-Fiction   320.973 HIDALGO

Citizenship - United States - Examinations - Study guides

How to be an American: A field guide to citizenship/ Silvia Hidalgo

Adult Non-Fiction   320.973 HIDALGO

"The current political climate has left many of us wondering how our government actually operates. Sure, we learned about it in school, but if put to the test, how many of us can correctly explain the branches of government? The history of politics? The differences and connections between local government and federal government? Enter How to Be an American. While author and illustrator Silvia Hidalgo was studying for her citizenship test, she quickly found that the materials provided by the government were lacking. In order to more easily absorb the information, Hidalgo started her own illustrated reference to civics facts and American history essentials. She's collected her findings in How to Be an American, a freshly designed and illustrated two-color guide to all things America."--Amazon.com

U.S. immigration made easy, [2021] / Ilona Bray, J.D. ; updated by Attorney Kyle A. Knapp.

Adult New Non-Fiction  342.7308 BRAY  Nearby on shelf

"Green cards, visas, and more: what every immigrant needs to know … Want to live, work, or travel in the United States? U.S. Immigration Made Easy has helped tens of thousands of people get a visa, green card, or other immigration status. You'll learn: whether you and your family qualify for a short-term visa, permanent U.S. residence, or protection from deportation; how to obtain, fill out, and submit the necessary forms and documents; insider strategies for dealing with bureaucratic officials, delays, and denials; ways to overcome low income and other immigration barriers, and how to select the right attorney. U.S. Immigration Made Easy provides detailed descriptions of application processes and helps you avoid traps that might destroy your chances. There's also an immigration eligibility self-quiz, which helps you match your background and skills to a likely category of visa or green card. The 20th edition is completely updated to cover recent legal changes owing to the new presidential administration, as well as the latest on DACA. This book does not cover naturalization. If you're interested i

Fiancé and marriage visas : a couple's guide to U.S. immigration / Ilona M. Bray ; updated by Attorney Kyle A. Knapp. 

Adult Non-Fiction   342.7308 BRAY 

"The book that's helped thousands of couples around the world … You're engaged or married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and all you want is the right to be together in the United States. Should be simple, right? It's not. The pile of application forms can be overwhelming, the bureaucracy isn't helpful, and delays are inevitable. This book will help you succeed. Discover the fastest and best application strategy. Avoid common— and serious— mistakes. Prepare for meetings with officials. Prove your marriage is real— not a fraud. Deal with the two-year testing period for new marriages. The 10th edition covers the Trump travel ban on citizens of certain countries, changes to fees and application processes, as well as heightened scrutiny for visa fraud. It also provides checklists and sample forms throughout. Use this book if you are living in the United States or overseas and: your fiancé is a U.S. citizen, your spouse is a U.S. citizen, or your spouse is a U.S. permanent resident." -- back cover.

A beginner's guide to America : for the immigrant and the curious / Roya Hakakian. 

 Adult Non-Fiction   646.7008 HAKKAKIY

"Into the maelstrom of unprecedented contemporary debates about immigrants in the United States, this perfectly timed book gives us a portrait of what the new immigrant experience in America is really like. Written as a "guide" for the newly arrived, and providing "practical information and advice," Roya Hakakian, an immigrant herself, reveals what those who settle here love about the country, what they miss about their homes, the cruelty of some Americans, and the unceasing generosity of others. She captures the texture of life in a new place in all its complexity, laying bare both its beauty and its darkness as she discusses race, sex, love, death, consumerism, and what it is like to be from a country that is in America's crosshairs. Her tenderly perceptive and surprisingly humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider."-- Provided by publisher.

United States immigration and citizenship : Allan Wernick's guide to the law / Allan Wernick. 

 Adult Non-Fiction  342.7308 WERNICK

 

Welcome to the United States : a guide for new immigrants / U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. 

Adult Non-Fiction   325.73 WELCOME

This comprehensive guide contains practical information to help immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, as well as basic civics information that introduces new immigrants to the U.S. system of government. It also offers tips on how to get involved in the community and exercise the rights and responsibilities of permanent residence.

How to get a green card by Ilona Bray, J.D. 

 Adult Non-Fiction  342.7308 BRAY

"The U.S. immigration system is an enormous bureaucracy, so it's vital that you understand it before attempting to apply for a green card. Making a mistake can lead to delays and hassles or even ruin your chances for success. How to Get a Green Card provides everything you need to know about qualifying for permanent U.S. residence if you don't have an employer sponsoring you. Find out how to work with U.S. officials and prepare and present the right documents at the right time to get a green card through: parents, siblings, or adult children; a U.S. spouse or fiancé; green card lotteries (diversity visa); political asylum or refugee status; a U visa for crime victims; or another category you might qualify for. The 14th edition covers new travel restrictions, public charge rules requiring more proof of income and health insurance coverage, changes to asylum eligibility, the wind-down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and other new restrictions and procedural changes. It also includes samples of all the key application forms."--Back cover

 

E-Books

Your U.S. Citizenship guide; What you need to know to pass your U.S. Citizenship test / by Anita Biase

Your U.S. Citizenship Guide is your total resource for becoming a United States citizen. You'll learn the eligibility rules, and find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for the N-400 application form. This book will help you prepare for the interview.

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Failing Liberty 101: how we are leaving young Americans unprepared for citizenship in a free society/  William Damon

The most serious danger that the United States now faces, says William Damon, is that our country's future may end up in the hands of a citizenry incapable of sustaining the liberty that has been America's most precious legacy. In Failing Liberty 101, he argues that we are failing to prepare today's young people to be responsible American citizens--to the detriment of their life prospects and those of liberty in the United States of the future. He identifies the problems--the declines in civic purpose and patriotism, crises of faith, cynicism, self-absorption, ignorance, indifference to the common good--and shows that our disregard of civic and moral virtue as an educational priority is having a tangible effect on the attitudes, understanding, and behavior of large portions of the youth in our country today.

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The accidental American : immigration and citizenship in the age of globalization ? Rinku Sen, with Fekkak Mamdouh.

The Accidental American vividly illustrates the challenges and contradictions of U. S. immigration policy, and argues that, just as there is a free flow of capital in the world economy, there should be a free flow of labor. Author Rinku Sen alternates chapters telling the story of one "accidental American"--coauthor Fekkak Mamdouh, a Morrocan-born waiter at a restaurant in the World Trade Center whose life was thrown into turmoil on 9/11--with a thorough critique of current immigration policy. Sen and Mamdouh describe how members of the largely immigrant food industry workforce manage.

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