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News:

Fall Citizenship Classes will be announced soon!

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The Pollard Memorial Library’s Citizenship Program offers many new resources to help you on the path to naturalization:

    • Informational appointments are available to discuss the general citizenship process and how best to prepare for the citizenship test. (Please note: No legal advice is given or offered at appointments.)
    • Free multi-week citizenship preparation courses
    • Free one-on-one Citizenship Interview Practice sessions
    • The Citizenship Corner, located in the Reference Room on the Second Floor of the library, has U.S. citizenship test preparation materials, including books, flashcards, and DVDs. These materials are all available for check out, thanks to funding from the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation And don’t forget the helpful web links that can be found below.

Citizenship Preparation Courses – All classes are taught via ZOOM.

The Abisi Adult Education Center will be offering a Spring Citizenship Class beginning March 29th & 30th.  The 9-week citizenship classes are once a week for 90 minutes and will be taught remotely over ZOOM.

Classes cover:

  • The 100 Civics Questions
  • Understanding the questions on the N-400 Application for Naturalization
  • Reading and writing practice.

Classes schedules will be announced soon. 

For more information or to enroll in this class, please email Gail at gforman@lowell.k12.ma.us. You may also call or text Gail at 978-918-3519.

Students must register via the Google From at https://forms.gle/bTKpjRMGEUL8Hccd6 

Classes are small, so space is limited.

Once students register, you will receive an email registration confirmation and the ZOOM link for class.
Please note: To be eligible to take the Citizenship Preparation Course, students should be able to answer “yes” to the following questions:

  • Have you been a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) of the U.S. for at least 5 years (3 years if married to a U.S. citizen)?
  • Are you able to read, write, and speak intermediate English?
  • Will you be able to attend all classes during the 10-week citizenship course?

If you are interested in registering for an upcoming citizenship class or for more information, please call Gail at 978-918-3519. (Please leave a message if she is unavailable.) You can also email Gail at gcpf42@yahoo.com.  

Becoming a U.S. Citizen: Helpful Resources from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

• 10 Steps to Naturalization
https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learn-about-citizenship/10-steps-to-naturalization

• Exceptions and Accommodations (to the naturalization requirements)
https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/citizenship-through-naturalization/exceptions-accommodations

• Information on Filing a Fee Waiver
https://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver

• Information on Filing a Reduced Fee Request
https://www.uscis.gov/reduced

Preparing and Practicing for the Citizenship Test:

•USCIS: Civics Tools Study Tools Mobile App (USCIS)

iTunes | Google Play

What’s on the Test? (USCIS)

https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test

• Study Materials for the English Test (USCIS)
https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-english-test

• Study Materials for the Civics Test (USCIS)
https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-civics-test

• Civics Practice Test (USCIS)
https://my.uscis.gov/prep/test/civics

• Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship (Smithsonian National Museum of American History/USCIS)
http://americanhistory.si.edu/citizenship/

LearningExpress Library (Pollard Library Electronic Resource)

Select “Adult Learning Center,” then select “Become a U.S. Citizen.” This interactive tutorial consists of the 100 Civics questions

Other Helpful Web Resources:

• Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
https://bensguide.gpo.gov/

• El Civics for ESL Students
http://elcivics.com/

• U.S. Presidents of the United States/Our Government
https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/

Online U.S. Citizenship Preparation Resources

Where to start:  United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

USCIS has a helpful Citizenship Resource Center. You will find a collection of resources on these topics: “Learn About Citizenship,” “Apply for Citizenship,” and “Find Study Materials and Resources.”

https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship

Translation of Civics Questions and Answers for the Naturalization Test

Please remember that most applicants will take the citizenship test in English.  However, according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), “Certain applicants, because of age and time as a lawful permanent resident, are exempt from the English requirements for naturalization and may take the civics test in the language of their choice. For more information, see the exceptions and accommodations page” at https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/exceptions-and-accommodations.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Citizenship Multilingual Resources:

“This section centralizes USCIS citizenship publications and resources available in other languages.  Languages include Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.  Translations of the 100 Civics Questions and more can be found in the above languages.

https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/find-study-materials-and-resources/citizenship-multilingual-resources?sel_lang=All&doc_type=All&items_per_page=10&page=2

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

In addition to the translations completed by USCIS, Clinic also lists translations that were completed by community organizations. For translations completed by community organizations, scroll down to “Translations by Community Organizations” and then “Click to Download Resource.”

https://cliniclegal.org/resources/citizenship-and-naturalization/citizenship-test-preparation/translation-civics-questions

USAHello

USAHello’s translations of the 100 civics questions are available in many other languages, such as French, Hindi, Nepali, and Swahili.

https://usahello.org/citizenship/prepare/citizenship-test-questions/

Understanding the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

According to USCIS, “Your ability to speak and understand English will be determined by a USCIS officer during your eligibility interview on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.”

It is important to understand the questions and the vocabulary words found on Form N-400. You may find the following resources helpful as you study for the citizenship interview.

USAHello

USAHello provides general information on the N-400.  Very helpful sections include “Understanding Form N-400 questions” and “Learn the meanings of hard words and terms.” N-400 terms/definitions can be downloaded.

https://usahello.org/citizenship/prepare/n400-vocabulary/

US Citizenship Podcast hosted by Jennifer Gagliardi

US Citizenship Podcast has many resources to help applicants prepare for the naturalization test and interview.  Teacher Jennifer’s website includes more than 25 mock citizenship interviews based on the N-400, along with many other helpful materials.

https://www.uscitizenpod.com/p/n-400-practice_27.html

Free Online Citizenship Test Preparation Classes

USAHello

USAHello has a free online class to prepare you for naturalization. You will need to use an email address to sign up. Your email address allows you to log in to your account.

https://usahello.org/citizenship/

USA Learns

In this free course, people can prepare for all aspects of the naturalization interview. Student registration is required to create an account.

https://www.usalearns.org/UsCitizenship