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Citizenship Guide 2021: Home

Resources

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Official Government Citizenship Page

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https://www.uscis.gov/

Official U.S. Citizenship Forms

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https://www.uscis.gov/forms/forms

N-400, Application for Naturalization

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https://www.uscis.gov/n-400

 

Study Guide for the 2020 version of the Civics test

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https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship-resource-center/the-2020-version-of-the-civics-test/study-for-the-test-2020-version

 

 

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.

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

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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