Essential Information for New Immigrants

Are you a new immigrant in the United States? As a nation of immigrants, the Federal Government can assist your transition to become a full-fledged citizen by producing easy-to-follow lessons to help immigrants settle in the United States. Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants provides a general summary of rights, responsibilities, and procedures essential to becoming permanent residents.

If you are a recent immigrant or know someone who is in the process of becoming a citizen, this comprehensive guide offers critically important information about ensuring legal status and finding support agencies and organizations that can assist with the processing of documents or essential services on the path to citizenship.

Produced by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the Guide covers the following important matters new arrivals will need to know when preparing to become a citizen:

  • Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident, and,
  • How to Maintain Your Permanent Resident Status

There are also examples of how to learn English and what to expect regarding health care and other Federal benefits.

While the primary audience for this resource is new immigrants, it is also helpful for individuals already preparing for the U.S. Naturalization Test and attorneys assisting immigrants during the U.S. Naturalization process, and public libraries, especially in regions and cities where new immigrants reside.

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About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publications and Information Sales Office.

Images and additional content provided by Government Book Talk Editor Trudy Hawkins. Trudy is the Senior Marketing & Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication & Information Sales Office supporting the U.S. Government Online Bookstore (

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