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A Guide to USCIS and the Process for Citizenship

The United States has officially been a country for over two hundred years. It is a country that was explored and founded b immigrants in the Colonial Era of the 1600's. Colonists from England came to the new land to explore and form colonies in different sections of the land. This was the earliest forms of immigration that was noted in the United States.

Over the years, the United States continued to be an attractive country for people from other lands. The promise of a new country and unlimited potential was a natural draw for people looking to begin a new life away from their old countries. From the mid-1800's to around 1930, millions of immigrants came to this country and entered through the main immigration center known as Ellis Island, which was located in New York Harbor. Ellis Island became the first place where immigrants landed and once there they went through a series of test to insure that they should be admitted to the country and that they were of good health.

Beginning in 1930, the United States began to enact legislation which limited the number of immigrants that came to the country. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began to monitor and ensure that immigrants were allowed to enter the country if they followed strict guidelines. Today, the USCIS continues to be the agency which is entrusted with administering any immigration issues. The USCIS has guidelines in which immigrants to come to the country and gain citizenship. The guideline includes taking a naturalization test, as well as mentioning the concept of people having dual citizenship with two countries.

We hope the following sets of information will help you learn more about the work of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and how the citizenship process works. Feel free to visit this page as often as needed and share this resource with others who you may think will benefit.

Immigration History

  • Immigration Trends – Statistical look at how the number of immigrants have changed in the United States.

Ellis Island

  • Ellis Island Information – Information, facts, videos and more about the Ellis Island immigration station.
  • Interactive Tour – Educational website which provides a look at the various stations used at Ellis Island for immigration.
  • Gateway to America – Kid friendly page which shows how Ellis Island became the gateway to America for immigrants to the U.S.
  • Ellis Island Timeline – Helpful page listing in chronological order events in the history of Ellis Island, immigration and citizenship.

Citizenship Overview

Naturalization Test

  • The Naturalization Test – Site which provides some guidance in how to become a naturalized citizen.
  • U.S. Naturalization Test – Web page with information including sample test on the citizenship test.
  • Study Materials – Informative page with materials that can be helpful for people studying for the citizenship test.
  • Test Study Guide – Useful web site which helps people looking to study for the citizenship test.

Military Members and Dependants

Dual Citizenship

  • U.S. Dual Citizenship – Information for people who want to learn more about dual citizenship.
  • Dual Citizenships – Government website which provides answers to questions on dual citizenship.

General Citizenship Information and Resources

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