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Proud to be an American?

3 Jul 2015 The American Dream

The final step of becoming an American is to take the "Oath of Allegiance" to declare your loyalty towards the United States and its constitution. Are you up for it?

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English and Civics

11 Jun 2015

English and Civics

How familiar are you with the English language? Do you have to give proof of your language skills and civic knowledge? Let's find out:

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Time as a Resident in State or USCIS District and Good Moral Character

23 Apr 2015

Time as a Resident in State or USCIS District and Good Moral Character Most people must live in the state or USCIS district where they apply for naturalization for at least three months. Students can apply for naturalization either where they go to school or where their family lives (if they depend on their parents for support). To be eligible for naturalization, you must be a person of good moral character. A person is not considered to be of “good moral character” if they commit certain crimes during the five years before they apply for naturalization or if they lie during their naturalization interview.

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Physical Presence in the United States

26 Mar 2015

Physical Presence in the United States "Physical presence" means that you actually have been present in the United States. If you are a permanent resident at least 18 years old, you must be physically present in the United States for at least 30 months during the last five years (or 18 months during the last three years, if married to a U.S. citizen) before you apply for naturalization.

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Becoming a U.S. Citizen - Exemptions

19 Feb 2015

Becoming a U.S. Citizen - Exemptions Preserving your residence for naturalization purposes: exemptions for one-year absences and exemptions for military personnel.

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Maintaining Continuous Residence as a Permanent Resident

23 Jan 2015

Maintaining Continuous Residence as a Permanent Resident "Continuous residence" means that you must live in the U.S. as a permanent resident for a certain period of time. Most people must be permanent residents in continuous residence for five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen) before they can begin the naturalization process.

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Naturalization: Becoming a Citizen

9 Jan 2015

Naturalization: Becoming a Citizen The process of becoming a U.S. citizen is called “naturalization.” You can apply for naturalization once you meet the following requirements:

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Becoming a U.S. Citizen

28 Nov 2014

Becoming a U.S. Citizen Becoming a U.S. Citizen gives permanent residents new rights and privileges. Citizenship also brings with it new responsibilities. This section offers some reasons to consider becoming a U.S. Citizen and describes what you need to do to become a citizen.

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State and Local Government

11 Nov 2014

State and Local Government In addition to the federal government, each state has its own constitution and its own government. Each state government has also three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.

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The Executive & Judicial Branch

10 Oct 2014

The Executive & Judicial Branch The president is the leader of the executive branch and is responsible for upholding and enforcing the laws of the country. The Constitution created the Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States.

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The Legislative Branch: Congress

10 Sep 2014

The Legislative Branch: Congress Citizens of the United States vote in free elections to choose people to represent them in the U.S. Congress. Congress has the responsibility of making the laws for our nation. Congress is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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How the Federal Government Works

15 Aug 2014

How the Federal Government Works The original 13 colonies had lived under the total power of the British king. In their new central government, Americans wanted to prevent a concentration of power in one government official or one office.

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The Bill of Rights

23 Jul 2014

The Bill of Rights The first changes to the Constitution were made to protect individual citizens and to limit the power of government. The Bill of Rights lists important freedoms that are promised to the American people.

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Creating "A More Perfect Union"

17 Jun 2014

Creating "A More Perfect Union" For several years after the American Revolution, the states tried different ways to join together in a central government, but this government was too weak. So representatives from each of the states gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 to develop a new, stronger central government. This meeting was the Constitutional Convention.

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How the United States Began

8 May 2014

How the United States Began The early colonists and settlers who came to the United States were often fleeing unfair treatment, especially religious persecution, in their home countries. They were seeking freedom and new opportunities. Today, many people come to the United States for these same reasons.

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Learning about the United States

16 Apr 2014

Learning about the United States The United States is a representative democracy, and citizens here play a very important role in governing the country. In this section, you will learn about how citizens help shape the U.S. government, how the United States began and developed, and how our government operates.

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Homeland Security Advisory System for Terrorist Attacks

19 Mar 2014

Homeland Security Advisory System for Terrorist Attacks The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a system to help people understand the risk of a possible terrorist attack. The system uses different colors to show different levels of danger. These are:

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Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

11 Feb 2014

Keeping Your Home and Family Safe Get ready before emergencies happen. Here are some things you can do to be safe:

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Emergencies and Safety

8 Jan 2014

Emergencies and Safety Emergencies are unexpected events that can cause harm to people and property. They can happen to anyone at any time. Plan ahead to keep yourself and your family safe. This section tells you how you can prepare for emergencies and how to get help when they happen.

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Childcare

15 Dec 2013

Childcare If you work and your children are too young to go to school, you may need to find someone to watch them while you are at work. Sometimes children in school need someone to watch them when school is over, if their parents cannot be at home. If you or other family members are not able to watch your children, you need to find someone to take care of them. Do not leave young children at home alone.

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Learning English

17 Nov 2013

Learning English There are many places where you can learn how to speak, read, and write in English. Many children and adults enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. These classes help people who do not know English to learn the language. These classes are also called English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or English Literacy classes.

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Adult Education

16 Oct 2013

Adult Education Learning does not have to end when you become an adult. In the U.S., people are encouraged to become "lifelong learners." If you are 16 years of age or older and have not completed high school, you can enroll in Adult Secondary Education (ASE) classes. These classes prepare you to earn a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

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Higher Education: Colleges and Universities

24 Sep 2013

Higher Education: Colleges and Universities Young adults can continue their education in a two-year community or technical college or a four-year college or university after high school. These are called “postsecondary institutions” or “institutions of higher education.” There are public and private institutions of higher education.

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Education and Childcare Part 2

23 Aug 2013

Education and Childcare Part 2 In the following section you will find answers to frequently asked questions that parents often ask about schooling in the U.S.

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Education and Childcare

17 Jul 2013

Education and Childcare One of the first things you should do is enroll your child in school. Some questions that parents often ask about public schools include: Q: How long is the school year? A: The school year usually begins in August or September and ends in May or June. In some places, children attend school all year. Children are in school Monday through Friday. Some schools offer programs before or after regular school hours for children whose parents work. You may be charged a fee for these programs.

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Education

19 Jun 2013

Education Education can help connect you and your family to your community. This section describes schools in the United States for children, youth, and adults and answers questions you may have about them. It also offers suggestions for finding good childcare, if you have young children at home and need to work.

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Other Federal Benefits Programs

31 May 2013

Other Federal Benefits Programs You or members of your family may be eligible for other federal benefits, depending on your immigration status, length of time in the U.S., and income.

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Taking Care of Your Health

26 Apr 2013

Taking Care of Your Health People in the U.S. pay for their own medical care. Medical care is expensive, so many people buy health insurance. You should get health insurance for yourself and your family as soon as possible.

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Traveling in the United States

28 Mar 2013

Traveling in the United States There are many ways to travel in the United States. Many cities have buses, trains (also called “subways”), trolleys, or streetcars. Here you can also read about getting a driver's license and whether you should buy a car.

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Paying Taxes

1 Mar 2013

Paying Taxes Taxes are money paid by U.S. citizens and residents to federal, state, and local governments. Taxes pay for services provided by the government. There are different types of taxes, such as income tax, sales tax, and property tax.

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Looking for a Job

25 Jan 2013

Looking for a Job There are many ways to look for a job in the United States. In this section you can read all about applying for a job, the job interview, what to expect when you are hired, speaking english at work, drug tests and background checks ad well as your benefits and rights as an employee.

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Taking Care of Your Money

23 Nov 2012

Taking Care of Your Money A bank account is a safe place to keep your money. Banks have different kinds of accounts. Checking accounts (for paying bills) and savings accounts (for earning interest on your money) are two common ones.You can open an account for yourself or a joint account with your spouse or another person. Banks may charge you fees for some of their services.

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Getting a Social Security Number

23 Oct 2012

Getting a Social Security Number

As a permanent resident, you can get a Social Security number (SSN). A Social Security number is a number assigned to you by the United States government. It helps the government keep track of your earnings and the benefits you can get. It is also used by banks and other agencies, such as schools, to identify you. You may be asked for your SSN when you rent an apartment or buy a home.

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Getting Settled in the United States Part 2

18 Sep 2012

Getting Settled in the United States Part 2 This section provides information that can help you adjust to life in the United States. You’ll learn about finding housing and a job, getting a Social Security number and a driver’s license, taking care of your money, and getting healthcare for you and your family.

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Getting Settled in the United States

17 Aug 2012

Getting Settled in the United States This section provides information that can help you adjust to life in the United States. You’ll learn about finding housing and a job, getting a Social Security number and a driver’s license, taking care of your money, and getting healthcare for you and your family.

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Consequences of Criminal Behavior for Permanent Residents

12 Jul 2012

Consequences of Criminal Behavior for Permanent Residents The United States is a law-abiding society. Permanent residents in the United States must obey all laws. If you are a permanent resident and engage in or are convicted of a crime in the U.S., you could have serious problems. You could be removed from the country, not allowed back into the U.S. if you leave the country, and, in certain circumstances, lose your eligibility for U.S. citizenship. Examples of crimes that may affect your permanent resident status include:

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Finding Legal Assistance

5 Jul 2012

Finding Legal Assistance If you need help with an immigration issue, you can use the services of a licensed and competent immigration lawyer. You can check with your local bar association for help finding a qualified lawyer.

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If You Are a Conditional Resident

31 May 2012

If You Are a Conditional Resident You may be in the U.S. as a conditional resident (CR). You are a CR if you were married for less than two years to your U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse on the day your permanent resident status was granted. If you have children, they also may be CRs. Some immigrant investors are also conditional residents. A CR has the same rights and responsibilities as a permanent resident.

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Maintaining Your Permanent Resident Status

30 Apr 2012

Maintaining Your Permanent Resident Status There are some things you must do to maintain your permanent resident status. These are also important to remember if you plan to apply for U.S. citizenship in the future.

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Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident

29 Mar 2012

Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident As a permanent resident, you are expected to respect and be loyal to the United States and to obey our country’s laws. Being a permanent resident also means that you have new rights and responsibilities. Being a permanent resident is a “privilege” and not a “right.” The U.S. government can take away your permanent resident status under certain conditions. You must maintain your permanent resident status if you want to live and work in the United States and become a U.S. citizen one day. In this section, you will learn what it means to be a permanent resident and how you can maintain your permanent resident status.

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Getting Involved in Your Community

27 Feb 2012

Getting Involved in Your Community Getting involved in your community will help you feel at home here.Your community is also a good source of information. Here are some ways to get involved:

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Where to Get Help

30 Jan 2012

Where to Get Help To find information, you may wish to contact a state, county, or city government office to learn about services you need or consult with a local organization that helps new immigrants settle into life here. You can find these offices and organizations by using the free resources described below.

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