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Education & Resources

USCIS offers a variety of resources for immigrants and the organizations that serve them. For immigrants, USCIS focuses on two key points on the immigrant’s journey towards civic integration: when they first become permanent residents and when they are ready to begin the formal naturalization process.

Newly arrived immigrants will find important settlement information under the “Resources for New Immigrants” link to the left. Here, immigrants can download the comprehensive orientation guide, Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants available in 13 languages. Welcome to the United States provides 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.

Those already on the path to naturalization can find important civic learning materials under “Civics and Citizenship Study Materials.” These educational resources are designed to help immigrants prepare for the naturalization test while also inspiring further civic learning. Permanent residents can use the materials as study tools and educators can adapt each of the materials for use in the classroom.

USCIS is also committed to supporting the resource needs of public libraries, as they are often a gateway to information for the immigrant community. In 2006, USCIS and the Office of Citizenship released its first nationwide report on the important resources public libraries provide to immigrants. The report, entitled Library Services for Immigrants: A Report on Current Practices, identified best practices and provided additional suggestions for public libraries interested in improving services to immigrants. Based on these findings, USCIS and the Office of Citizenship will develop initiatives to support the role of public libraries in promoting immigrant civic literacy. This information can be found under “Resources for Public Libraries.”

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