Migrant Integration in
the United States
Integration Activities Traditionally
Carried Out by Non-Profits
at Community Level
• Citizenship education has traditionally been
conducted by places of worship, non-profit
community groups, and schools
• Federal government and state government
activities have generally been limited to
promoting inclusion of civics instruction in
English as a Second Language (ESL) adult
education programs
Immigration Today: Demographic Shifts
and Growing Immigration Rates
• Immigrants to the U.S. are
settling in new areas of the
country, including the
Southeast, Midwest, and the
Rocky Mountain regions
• New immigrant destinations have less experience with
immigrants and may have fewer resources to help these
newcomers integrate into the community through, for
example, ESL or citizenship courses
Office of Citizenship Created to
Supplement Existing Immigrant
Integration Efforts
Within the Department of Homeland
Security’s Citizenship and
Immigration Services, promotes
instruction and training on citizenship
rights and responsibilities and
provides immigrants with information
and tools necessary to successfully
integrate into American civic culture.
Office of Citizenship Works with
Nationwide Integration Network
• In partnership with federal, state, and local agencies as well
as community-based organizations
• 20 Community Liaison Officers are stationed throughout the
U.S.
Atlanta, GA
Burlington, VT
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Laguna Niguel, CA
Miami, FL
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Orlando, FL
Phoenix, AZ
Portland, OR
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
Office of Citizenship Products Aim to
Promote Civic Literacy in the Community
• The development of study tools
about government and history for
immigrants and for educators to use
in the classroom
• Promote an understanding of the
civic principles on which this nation
was founded and which unite us – no
matter our ethnicity or native
language or religion – as Americans
Information Provided to Lawful
Permanent Residents at
Two Key Points
When they first become
permanent residents
When they are ready and
eligible to begin the
formal naturalization
process
Welcome to the United States:
A Guide for New Immigrants
This comprehensive guide contains:
 Information to help immigrants
settle into everyday life in the U.S.
 History and civics information that
introduces new immigrants to the
U.S. system of government.
 Tips on how to get involved in the
community
 Rights and responsibilities of lawful
permanent residents.
“Welcome to the United States” focuses on
providing useful information to help immigrants
adapt to day-to-day life in their new communities.
 Government offices that provide
valuable services,
 Guides immigrants through the
most important steps in getting
settled: finding a place to live,
enrolling children in schools,
opening a bank account
 Explains the rights and
responsibilities of lawful
permanent residents in the U.S.
The Guide introduces the theme of
citizenship by listing:
 The benefits of
citizenship, for those who
may want to naturalize in
the future
 The steps of the
naturalization process
Effective Dissemination: Ensuring that the
Guide Gets to Those Who Need it
• The Guide is sent to community-based
organizations, places of worship, state
and local governments, providers of ESL
classes, and other groups that directly
interface with newly arrived immigrants.
• Distribution is promoted by a public service marketing campaign for
ethnic radio and ethnic newspapers.
• Local versions of the Guide are also produced by community groups
around the U.S. This way, more community-specific settlement
information is provided to immigrants.
Multiple Languages
The Guide is being translated into languages
most commonly spoken by immigrants
• Hard copies are
currently available in
English and Spanish
• Versions in English,
Spanish, Vietnamese,
and traditional
Chinese can be
accessed for free at
http://uscis.gov
Multiple Languages
Free online versions of the Guide will soon be
available, at http://uscis.gov, in:
 Arabic
 French
 Portuguese
 Haitian Creole
 Russian
 Tagalog
 Korean
Products for permanent residents preparing to naturalize
Civics Flash Cards
Contain sample U.S. history and government
questions
 an instruction tool to help
immigrants prepare for the
naturalization exam
 Brief civics lessons related to
each flash card will also be
available online
Civics Flash Cards
The Civics Flash Cards are currently available at
http://www.uscis.gov in Adobe® PDF format and an
online interactive version.
 The Office of Citizenship provides
instructions on how to print the
Civics Flash Cards and use them
as a study tool.
 The online interactive version
allows immigrants to view the
questions online and answer at his
or her own pace.
From Permanent
Resident to Citizen
• Each year the U.S. welcomes hundreds of
thousands of new citizens through our naturalization
process. To formally become a citizen, an immigrant
must demonstrate English proficiency and
knowledge of U.S. civics and history
• From 1994 to 2003 more than 6 million immigrants
became U.S. citizens
• With continuing high rates of immigration, the
Office’s development of education materials and
work with existing integration networks will be of
continued importance in coming years.
Office of Citizenship
Celebrate Citizenship,
Celebrate America
Visit us on the web at
http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/citizenship/index.htm
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