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Citizenship Resources and Programs


Library Resources | Web Resources | Immigrant Organizations 

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Library Resources

Library materials and online resources to prepare for citizenship.

Practice for the U. S. History and Civics questions for the Citizenship Exam. This service is available free to the NYPL cardholders. Select Online Test and Course Resources: U.S. Citizenship.

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Web Resources

A listing of websites containing citizenship preparation guides, questions and answers.

Reasons to become a U.S. citizen

Advantages of being a U.S. citizen.

  • Becoming a U.S. Citizen
    Briefly explains the importance of becoming a citizen and the application process.
  • The Application Process
    Information on the requirements and application process to become a U.S. Citizen.
  • Eligibility and Testing
    General and special requirements for becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.
  • A Guide to Naturalization
    A Guide to Naturalization and M-599, Naturalization Information for Military Personnel.  USCIS manuals with information on the process and eligibility requirements to become a U.S. citizen. Available in PDF format.
  • Lawful Permanent Residence ("Green Card")
    A list of common questions and answers about how to become a U.S. citizen.
  • New Americans Campaign
    Learn the economic benefits of naturalization.
  • Citizenshipworks
    Learn about the naturalization process, take a basic Eligibility Screen to see if you qualify, and be guided through the application form from start to finish.

Questions and Quizzes to Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship

A listing of possible questions that may be asked during the citizenship exam.

Associations and Non-Profit Immigration Organizations

Government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that provides information, programs and services on various immigration issues including citizenship.

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Catholic Charities USA
    Non-profit organization that provides programs and services to immigrants and their families.
  • Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)
    Government agency responsible for administering and interpreting Federal immigration laws and regulations. Provides a list of pro bone legal providers that offers legal services free or at a low cost.
  • U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE)
    The largest investigative bureau of Department of Homeland Security responsible for the investigation of a range of issues, including immigrant detention and deportation.
  • Citizenship Now!
    CUNY Citizenship Now! sponsors many high-impact, community-based initiatives throughout the year. These special events and programs are designed to bring free immigration resources to all, educate and empower the community, and to strengthen the bonds between local institutions, immigrant communities, and volunteers.
  • New York City Department of Youth and Commnunity Development Immigrant Services
    DYCD supports more than 80 organizations providing a wide array of services to immigrants and refugees
  • Immigration Advocacy Services
    A not-for-profit Immigration Outreach Center
  • Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
    (NMCIR) works with over 6,000 families a year on issues such as immigration, citizenship, deportation and voter participation focusing on keeping families together, facilitating integration and building community power.
  • Immigration Equality
    Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Founded in 1994 as the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, Immigration Equality provides legal aid and advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants and their families.
  • New York Immigration Coalition
    The NYIC boasts nearly 200 member organizations, helps foster immigrant community leadership and civic engagement, and puts immigrants at the table in the major public policy debates of the day.
  • Emerald Isle Immigration Center
    The Emerald Isle Immigration Center's highly qualified staff assists clients in many aspects of immigrant life and law. The EIIC prides itself on the extraordinary services it provides.
  • Carnegie Corporation Great Immigrants
    Carnegie Corporation of New York has saluted the legacy of Andrew Carnegie and other immigrants every July 4th since 2006. Explore inspiring stories from well known naturalized citizens from all works of life who have made notable contributions to the progress of our society.
  • Naturalize NY
    Program that helps 2000 low-income immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens cover the existing $680 Naturalization application fee by a lottery system. Led by the New York State Office for New Americans. Non-profit organization that provides programs and services to immigrants and their families.