Citizenship and Immigration Resources

One of the general eligibility requirements of becoming a U.S. citizen stipulates that the applicant must be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language and have knowledge of U.S. government and history.  However, this eligibility requirement may be a prohibitive obstacle for legal permanent residents (LPRs) who are elderly, low-income, low-literate or illiterate, limited English proficient (LEP), and/or have a disability.

ASIA has created these information sheets in English, Burmese, Chinese, Karen, Korean, and Nepali to provide information regarding options available to vulnerable LPRs pursuing their pathway to U.S. citizenship.

The services described above in this webpage are supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number 2011-CS-010-000035.  The views and conclusions contained in this webpage are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned in this webpage.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles can answer questions about the new DAPA and DACA programs through their Asian language hotlines, which also offer assistance in the following areas of law: family, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights. Those interested in receiving information as it becomes available email immrelief@advancingjustice-la.org.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)has a new Multilingual Resource Center which contains all materials offered in foreign languages. The following resources are excerpted from the USCIS website:

To learn how to apply for U.S. citizenship, click here.

To download the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, click here.

Study materials for the English Test, click here. (Helpful videos, publications and practice tests are available)

A Guide to Naturalization, click here.

To download the Instructions for N-400, click here.

Study materials for the  Civics Test, click here.  (Helpful videos, publications and practice tests are available)

An Overview of the Naturalization Process,  click here.

Study materials for the new naturalization test, click here.

English Portion of New Naturalization Test

Vocabulary List for the English Reading Test, click here.

Reading Vocabulary Flash Cards, click here.

Vocabulary List for the English Writing Test, click here.

Writing Vocabulary Flash Cards, click here.

Civics Portion of New Naturalization Test

Quick Civics Lessons, click here

Civics (History and Government) 100 Questions and Answers revised on 03/2011:

Civics Flash Cards, click here.

Civics Questions for the 65/20 Exemption:

Civics Questions with MP3 Audio, click here.

Naturalization Practice Test for Civil Portion for Ohio residents (97 multiple choice questions), click here.

Economic Benefits of Executive Action for Ohio

  • 22,000 undocumented immigrants reside with a US citizen child in Ohio. If these immigrants are able to apply for deferred action, it would lead to a $36 million increase in tax revenues, over five years.

Resource Centers

  • The Administrative Relief Resource Center is a project of the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI), which Advancing Justice is a member of. The site includes a growing number of resources for both practitioners and community members.
  • Own the Dream includes extensive DACA resources.
  • iAmerica will soon include resources in Asian languages (Korean, Chinese, and Tagalog).
  • National Immigration Law Center resources include a one-page overview, and FAQs on DAPA & DACA Expansion, stateside waiver of 3- and 10-year bars, DACA renewal, as well as information for first time DACA applicants.

Administration Resources

On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service here.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been accepting “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) applications since August 15, 2012.  DACA-eligible individuals are also known as ‘DREAMers’.

DACA FAQ (Immigration Equality)
What is DACA, who is eligible, what eligible youth can do next

DACA FAQs

Life after DACA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement)
Obtaining a Social Security Number, Transferring Your Credit History, and Rescinding your ITIN

All USCIS DACA Materials

Webinar for API DREAMers (Asian American Center for Advancing Justice)
How to apply for DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Toolkit  (Advancing Justice | Los Angeles)
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals & Executive Administrative Relief Resources

Guides: How Do I Request Consideration for DACA?

LGBT Dreamers Fund
Financial assistance available for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer DREAMers

Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA Update (USCIS)

Use these Federal Trade Commission (FTC) resources to spot and avoid scams against immigrants, and find the right kind of help.  Resources available in English, Español, 中文, 한국어, and kreyòl ayisyen:

The MAVNI program which allows certain legal, non-citizen to enlist in the Army and apply for expedited citizenship without obtaining a green card. Eligible individuals may participate in MAVNI through one of two tracks: 1) Language Recruits; and 2) Healthcare Professionals.

Task Force on New American Campaign Release
White House released translated fact sheets about the report from the Task Force on New Americans in the following languages: EnglishSpanishSimplified ChineseTraditional ChineseVietnameseKoreanTagalog