US Citizenship Tutorial

1) Introduction to Citizenship

Welcome to the United States: A guide for new immigrants containing basic civics information, and information to help new immigrants to settle. Available in many languages.

Becoming a US Citizen: A 11-minute presentation by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) that will help to answer the following questions:

  • What are the benefits of citizenship?
  • What are the requirements of becoming a citizen?
  • What is the naturalization process?
  • What can I do to prepare for the naturalization process?

Complete a Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet to learn if you are eligible to become a US Citizen.

The best online source of information: USCIS Citizenship Resource Center

There are many poor sources of information on the Internet. Do not trust websites that give citizenship services for a high fee or ask you to pay for information.

What are the steps in the naturalization process?

  • The Application
    Fill out and submit the N-400 Application for Naturalization along with the required documents, photographs and fees.
  • Fingerprints & Other Documents
    USCIS will send you a fingerprint appointment date and may request other documents to complete your application.
  • The Interview
    Go to your interview at your scheduled appointment. Answer questions about your application and background. Take the English and Civics tests.
  • The Oath
    Go to your scheduled ceremony date. Take the Oath of Allegiance, and receive your Certificate of Naturalization.

Read A Guide to Naturalization, by the USCIS for more details.

Tips for Success in the Naturalization process

  • Be completely honest on your Application for Naturalization (N-400).
  • Fill out the application yourself, know your own answers.
  • Notify the USCIS if you move or change address.
  • Follow all directions given by USCIS.
  • Keep a copy of all your documents for your own records.
  • Become proficient in English (reading, writing, and speaking).
  • Study for the Civics test.

2) Resources to help you study

Promise of Freedom: a 12-minute presentation from USCIS on US civic history.

The Citizen's Almanac: A handbook on US civic history, and the rights and responsibilities of US Citizens.

A Pocket Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States: The 2 most important documents in American Government.

Teachers' Citizenship Materials: Resources for tutors teaching civics and preparing students for Naturalization, lesson planning tools, curriculum, and supporting resources.

USCIS Study Guide

Civics Test Study Materials: Sample questions, videos, flash cards and practice tests to help you study for the Civics Test.

English Test Study Materials: To help you study for the reading, writing and speaking parts of the test, here are vocabulary lists, videos and practice tests.

Online Naturalization Self-Test: An online test.

3) Getting Legal Help and Advice

Do NOT get advice from a non-professional; many incorrect rumors are spread this way. Contact an approved Accredited Representative.

Find Legal Services, from USCIS.

Finding Free Legal Advice, from USCIS.

Free or inexpensive Accredited Representatives in Colorado.

4) Get Help at the Library!

Douglas County Libraries can help you prepare for citizenship!

Contact the Literacy Department to find out about classes and tutors: Call 303 791 READ or email tcurtin@dclibraries.org