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U.S. Citizenship For Dummies



U.S. Citizenship For Dummies

Cheri Sicard, Steven Heller

ISBN: 978-0-764-55463-6 July 2003 288 Pages

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The decision to become a United States citizen is one of the mostimportant choices you can ever make. Before you can become a U.S.citizen, however, you first must be a lawful permanent resident ofthe U.S. For this reason, before you begin the process, you need toknow what you want to achieve - legal immigration ornaturalization - and if you can expect to qualify for it.

U.S. Citizenship For Dummies will help you get throughthis often confusing process, from determining how best to qualifyto live permanently in the United States to gaining a green cardand 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 livepermanently 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 needto meet and offers tips and insights into dealing with the Bureauof Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS). You also get toknow other government agencies that you'll work with whileattempting to immigrate to the U.S. or become a citizen. U.S.Citizenship For Dummies covers the following topics andmore:
* 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 andresponsibilities as well as rights, rewards, and privileges. Beforeyou make the decision to pursue U.S. citizenship, you need to beaware of what you stand to lose and what you stand to gain; youalso need to be sure you're ready to fulfill all theobligations of a good citizen. U.S. Citizenship For Dummieswill help you understand all that it means to become a citizen ofthe United States of America.

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 ImmigrationGame.

Chapter 3: Finding Out about Immigrant and NonimmigrantVisas.

Chapter 4: Filling Out the Forms.

Chapter 5: Interviewing with the BCIS: It's Easier thanYou 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 ofIndependence and the Constitution.

Chapter 10: Understanding the United States FederalGovernment.

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. toWorld War I.

Chapter 13: U.S. History in a Nutshell, Part II: World War I tothe 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 TenPresidents.

Chapter 20: Ten Tips to Help You Pass Your ImmigrationInterview.

Chapter 21: Ten Things That Can Hurt Your ImmigrationChances.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence.

Appendix B: The United States Constitution.

Appendix C: Document Checklist.