The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released an updated
version of Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants. This popular
booklet includes essential information to help newly arrived immigrants settle
into the United States. The new Guide includes important updates since it was
first introduced three years ago, including new online tools for USCIS services
and essential information from the Department of Health and Human Services and
other federal, state and community organizations.
By proactively disseminating this resource to new permanent residents while they
still live abroad, USCIS wants to reach individuals at the earliest stage of immigrating,
and provide them with a vital head-start on integrating into their new country.
In addition to settlement and integration information, the Guide contains an introduction
to the U.S. system of government, a section on rights and responsibilities and
information on how to obtain citizenship. It also has information about finding
a place to live, getting a Social Security number, getting a job, registering
children for school, finding healthcare, locating English language and adult education
classes, preparing for emergencies, and finding community organizations that assist
To reach as many immigrant groups as possible, USCIS has added Polish, and Urdu
translations of the Guide, making it available in English and 12 foreign languages,
including Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian,
Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. According to the 2000 Census, more than 32 million
individuals in the United States speak one of those foreign languages.