If you are applying for US citizenship, you will likely need plenty of help and support. You will need to file the citizenship application, for example, and then prepare for your citizenship test and interview so that you can be naturalized. Fortunately, there are many online resources that can help make your citizenship application and naturalization test much easier:
- The USCIS. The USCIS has many online resources for citizenship applicants. For example, you can download the citizenship application and instructions directly from the USCIS website. The USCIS also has a US Citizenship Resource Center online (http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/citizenship). This portal can help you understand whether you should apply for citizenship and can help guide you through the application process. In addition, the portal can help you study for the exam and can help you find citizenship classes in your area. The USCIS portal even includes resources for teachers and organizations who wish to teach citizenship classes. The USCIS also has other resources that can help you as you apply for citizenship. For example, if you have questions about your citizenship application or need help completing the forms, you can call the USCIS for help or arrange for an appointment with InfoPass. The USCIS site also has practice questions from the citizenship test that you can review.
- Your local library. Many libraries have useful books and information about citizenship. These resources can help you study for your citizenship exam. Many libraries, such as the San Francisco Public Library (http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=2000011201) and the New York Public Library (http://www.nypl.org/help/community-outreach/immigrant-services/citizenship) also have online resources that can help you prepare.
- American Immigration Center also has a range of resources, including a free blog and study guides for the citizenship test, that can help you become a US citizen. From step-by-step instructions for your citizenship application to interactive DVD study kits, you can get many types of help through this resource.
- Citizenship classes. Most citizenship classes take place in your community, but you can find these classes online. The USCIS citizenship portal is a great place to start looking for classes in your area.
- Other US citizens and applicants online. There are online forums and discussion boards where you can discuss the citizenship process with other applicants. It is important not to take legal advice or immigration advice from these sources, since individuals may not know enough about the process to provide accurate information. If you need help with an application or have specific questions about the process, contact the USCIS. However, online forums and discussion groups can be a great way to get support while you go through the citizenship process. You can talk about the process with other immigrants and get support and camaraderie while you wait for the results of your application.