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U.S. Citizenship For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-5463-6
288 pages
July 2003
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The decision to become a United States citizen is one of the most important choices you can ever make. Before you can become a U.S. citizen, however, you first must be a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. For this reason, before you begin the process, you need to know what you want to achieve – legal immigration or naturalization – and if you can expect to qualify for it.

U.S. Citizenship For Dummies will help you get through this often confusing process, from determining how best to qualify to live permanently in the United States to gaining a green card and then citizenship. This reference guide is for anyone who

  • Is interested in living permanently in the U.S.
  • Is a friend or relative of someone who wishes to live permanently in the U.S.
  • Wants to become a naturalized citizen
  • Has no legal background or any familiarity with U.S. immigration

This book helps you discover the important requirements you need to meet and offers tips and insights into dealing with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS). You also get to know other government agencies that you’ll work with while attempting to immigrate to the U.S. or become a citizen. U.S. Citizenship For Dummies covers the following topics and more:

  • Clear information on the immigration process
  • Up-to-date information on various application forms
  • The rights of legal aliens
  • Recent changes in immigration laws
  • Review of English and Civics tests
  • Pointers on the interview process
  • Survey of U.S. history, government, and culture
  • Coverage on visas and green cards
  • Troubleshooting immigration problems

Becoming a U.S. citizen carries important duties and responsibilities as well as rights, rewards, and privileges. Before you make the decision to pursue U.S. citizenship, you need to be aware of what you stand to lose and what you stand to gain; you also need to be sure you’re ready to fulfill all the obligations of a good citizen. U.S. Citizenship For Dummies will help you understand all that it means to become a citizen of the United States of America.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Pursuing Immigration and Citizenship.

Chapter 1: Getting In and Staying In the U.S.A.

Chapter 2: Meeting the Major Players in the Immigration Game.

Chapter 3: Finding Out about Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas.

Chapter 4: Filling Out the Forms.

Chapter 5: Interviewing with the BCIS: It’s Easier than You Think.

Part II: Staying Up to Date and Out of Trouble.

Chapter 6: Keeping on Top of Changes in Immigration Law.

Chapter 7: Getting Help When You Need It.

Chapter 8: Troubleshooting Immigration Glitches.

Part III: Understanding U.S. Government.

Chapter 9: Guaranteeing Our Freedom: The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Chapter 10: Understanding the United States Federal Government.

Chapter 11: Looking at State and Local Governments.

Part IV: Exploring U.S. History and Culture.

Chapter 12: U.S. History in a Nutshell, Part I: Pre-U.S. to World War I.

Chapter 13: U.S. History in a Nutshell, Part II: World War I to the Present.

Chapter 14: Celebrating U.S. Holidays and Observances.

Chapter 15: Important American Heroes.

Chapter 16: Emblems of America.

Part V: Practicing for the Citizenship Test.

Chapter 17: Preparing for the English Test.

Chapter 18: Preparing for the Civics Test.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: The Historical Impact of Our Last Ten Presidents.

Chapter 20: Ten Tips to Help You Pass Your Immigration Interview.

Chapter 21: Ten Things That Can Hurt Your Immigration Chances.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence.

Appendix B: The United States Constitution.

Appendix C: Document Checklist.


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Author Information

Steven D. Heller has solid experience with immigration law and currently serves as an immigration attorney.

Cheri Sicard is an accomplished food and travel writer whose articles have appeared in The Boston Herald and Canoe and Kayak magazine, among others.

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