Citizenship Resources & Diversity Visa
Library Resources | Web Resources | Immigrant Organizations | Diversity Visa
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.
- Your Children Can Go to College. Yes They Can! An Action Guide for Immigrant Parents by Anthony Tassi (2014)
- Immigrant Rights and Services Manual: Important Information You Need to Know to Participate in the Life of New York City (2015)
- Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (2014)
- U.S. Citizenship Test: U.S. Citizenship Test by Gladys E. Alesi (2014)
- Becoming A U.S. Citizen: A Guide to the Law, Exam & Interview by Ilona M. Bray (2014)
- Citizenship Basics: Your Guide to U.S. Citizenship (2012)
- USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy: USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy by J. S. Aaron (2013)
- U.S. Immigration Made Easy: U.S. Immigration Made Easy by Ilona M. Bray (2015)
- How to Get A Green Card: How to Get A Green Card by Ilona M. Bray (2014)
- US Laws of Citizenship: US Laws of Citizenship by Amie Jane Leavitt (2014)
- Citizenship Now: A Complete Guide for Naturalization (2009)
- Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants (2012)
- Civics Flash Cards for the New Naturalization Test (2009)
- The Citizen's Almanac: Fundamental Documents, Symbols, and Anthems of the United States (2014)
- Your Guide to Becoming A U.S. Citizen: Your Guide to Becoming A U.S. Citizen by Tammy Gagne (2014)
- Civics and Citizenship Toolkit: A Collection of Educational Resources for Immigrants by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (2013)
- The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test (2010)
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.
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.
- Naturalization Self-Test
A list of sample U.S. history and government questions for naturalization test preparation. The document is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Available in PDF format and MP3 audio.
- Practice Questions for the U.S. Citizenship Exam
From the San Francisco Public Library, citizenship questions and answers in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.
- Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship
From the Smithsonian Institution, uses museum collections and exhibitions in a web-based learning tool that supports aspiring citizens’ efforts to prepare for the civics portion of the naturalization test.
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.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally-mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery. The lottery is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 to provide for a new class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants" (DV immigrants). The Act makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
Information on the next Diversity Immigrant Visa Program will be posted here when it becomes available.