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USCIS Guides

USCIS has two helpful guides detailing how to help a family member become a permanent U.S. Resident:

Helpful Links

Diversity Visa Lottery - The Department of State offers annually 50,000 permanent resident visas, drawn randomly from applicants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. This website provides information on the program, deadlines, and how to apply.

InfoPass - This site allows the public to make an appointment with an Immigration Information Officer online. Appointment booking is also available in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Russian, Portuguese, French, Korean, Polish, and Arabic.

Naturalization Test Study Materials -The federal government provides flash cards, sample questions, and other materials to help immigrants prepare for the naturalization test.


Local Resources

Legal Services for Immigrants

Catholic Charities Community Services provides legal consultations, representation, and assistance to documented and undocumented newcomers regarding most immigration matters, including citizenship applications, family petitions, cases involving domestic violence, and cases that are in immigration court. Services are provided in English, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Polish, Albanian, Japanese, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. All matters are treated professionally and confidentially.

224 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924
(845) 294-5124
Legal Aid Society of Rockland County Legal assistance can often help avoid the separation of families and help immigrants remain productive members of their communities. The attorneys at LASRC provide free assistance to individuals and their families with immigration problems including gaining legal status, temporary and permanent resident status, and US citizenship.
2 Congers Road
New City, NY 10956
(800) 454-3627

Other services

Places/Representatives listed below are accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice. They are fee-based service providers.

22 East Main Street #E
Monsey, NY 10952
(845) 352-1400
163 South Main Street
New City, NY 10956
(845) 639-4600



This guide has been created to provide information about immigration and naturalization as it pertains to our patrons. You will find links to various government websites, forms, videos, and be able to download the forms necessary to begin your naturalization process.



"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States." - USCIS

Some of the services they provide include:

  • Citizenship (Includes the Related Naturalization Process)  Individuals who wish to become U.S. citizens through naturalization submit their applications to USCIS. They determine eligibility, process the applications and, if approved, schedule the applicant for a ceremony to take the Oath of Allegiance. They also determine eligibility and provide documentation of U.S. citizenship for people who acquired or derived U.S. citizenship through their parents.


  • Immigration of Family Members  They manage the process that allows current permanent residents and U.S. citizens to bring close relatives to live and work in the United States.


  • Working in the U.S.  They manage the process that allows individuals from other countries to work in the United States, whether temporary or provide a path to a green card.


  • Verifying an Individual’s Legal Right to Work in the United States (E-Verify)  They manage the system that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.


  • Humanitarian Programs  They administer humanitarian programs that provide protection to individuals inside and outside the United States who are displaced by war, famine and civil and political unrest, and those who are forced to flee their countries to escape the risk of death and torture at the hands of persecutors.



USCIS Resources

Citizenship Through Naturalization.

USCIS publication in other languages

Recursos para la naturalización

   USCIS information in Spanish.

Contact the USCIS


Your USCIS Case Status

   Applicants may check their case status online, obtain a list of processing dates, or request case updates via e-mail.

Visa Information for Immigrants

   From the U.S. State Department. 

Green Card / Permanent Residence

   From the USCIS.

Guides for Refugees and Asylees

   Explains how to accomplish specific tasks through USCIS.


   Streamline the application process for immigration benefits. Allows immigration benefit seekers and their legal representatives to create an account and file benefit requests online.


Books from our catalog

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The Immigration Handbook - Ivan Vasic
ISBN: 9780786440092
In clear, readable language, this volume explains in detail every step an individual must take to obtain a nonimmigrant visa, an immigrant visa leading to permanent residency, or actual citizenship.

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U. S. Immigration Made Easy - J.D., Ilona Bray
ISBN: 9781413318616
Publication Date: 2013-01-31
Ready to move to the USA? Here’s the insider’s guide you need!

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How to Get a Green Card - Ilona Bray; Loida Nicolas Lewis
ISBN: 9781413316872
Publication Date: 2012-04-16
A handbook through the complex U.S. Green Card process that is completely revised to reflect the latest laws, contact information, and fees, plus critical new procedural information.

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Barron's U. S. Citizenship Test - Gladys E. Alesi
ISBN: 9780764140556
Publication Date: 2008-07-11
This manual has been updated to include explanations of recently instituted government procedures and regulations that pertain to application for United States citizenship.

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Citizenship Now! - Adam Cooper; Karen Hilgeman; Winifred Roderman; Kristin Sherman; Jennifer Cooper
ISBN: 9780077202651
Publication Date: 2008-12-08
Citizenship Now, Third Edition is a citizenship preparation textbook appropriate for either classroom use or self-study.

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McGraw-Hill's U. S. Citizenship Test with DVD - Karen Hilgeman; Kristin D. Sherman; Winifred Ho
ISBN: 9780071605168
For the more than 600,000 who apply for U.S. citizenship each year-an innovative program for success on the new N-400 application

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Pass the U. S. Citizenship Exam - LearningExpress Staff
ISBN: 9781576856192
This updated edition reflects the new exam and offers key information on the entire citizenship process in easy-to-read English. All official INS history and civics questions are covered as well as how and where to apply for citizenship.


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USCIS Videos

USCIS has helpful videos on the Naturalization interview and test, in both english and spanish:


Learning Express


With Learning Express you can prepare for the naturalization process, study, take practices tests and get information on getting your green card in English or en Español. You will need your library card and pin number to access this service.


Typical Naturalization Ceremony


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This publication was supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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