This is a very useful publication for individuals thinking about, beginning, or completing U. S. naturalization, the process of becoming a United States citizen. Here Blaise (freelance writer; former teacher and author of a story in Chicken Soup for the Souls of Mothers and Sons) divides her book into three parts that are intended to make the oftentimes daunting, overwhelming, and lengthy process of naturalization seem less intimidating, simple, and achievable. In Part 1, she guides readers through what they need to know to become U.S. citizens and explains the processes they will have to complete to achieve citizenship. Blaise covers the definition of a citizen and explains the various types of applicants for citizenship. She discusses eligibility requirements as well as methods for obtaining a green card. She examines the application for citizenship (Form N-400), the citizenship test, the interview before an immigration official, and what happens after the interview. In Part 2, Blaise provides a study guide to the citizenship test, including chapters on American history and government, English- language skills, the U.S. Constitution, and the New Citizenship exam. In her final chapter of Part 2, the author presents case studies of individuals who successfully became U. S. Citizens. Blaise's book also consists of nine appendices, a selective bibliography, glossary, and back- of- the book index as well as a companion CD-ROM that features the Form N-400 (Application for naturalization) with instructions, a 10-minute multimedia presentation on the naturalization process, naturalization guides, study materials, and more. Featuring many supplementary resources, the appendices and CD-ROM nicely complement and enhance the text. While not necessarily a definitive work, this well- organized, concisely- and clearly- presented publication belongs in most public libraries and many school libraries. Recommended.
One of the most stressing situations when someone migrates to the US is related to obtaining the legal status as resident or citizen. In any of those cases the uncertainty is abundant. The first thing people think as primary resource is an attorney. Then Internet becomes another clear option, but the amount of available information is overwhelming. Luckily Anita Biase wrote an extraordinary step by step help for those who dream of becoming citizens of the best country in the world.
The book shows the way through simple words. The process we all believe disturbing and annoying is explained in such a way that the reader will feel confident about the information receiving. As a very important factor, the book is totally updated even with the newest USCIS offices addresses and the questions of the most recent approved exam.
The guide contains an extraordinary compilation of data that includes the US Constitution with its amendment, application forms, and the classical glossary of those words involved in the process. Becoming a citizen is not another adventure, it is a very serious decision, the aspirant must be prepared by reading a book like this one. The document is not only very well researched but very well written.
In Your U.S. Citizenship Guide - What You Need to Know to Pass Your U.S. Citizenship Test, Anita Biase has created a straightforward, easy to read, yet detailed manual on how an immigrant can become a United States citizen. Each year, she writes, the U.S. Government receives over 7.5 million applications for citizenship. Her book details the steps necessary for immigrants to fulfill this dream, from how to apply, to the rights and responsibilities involved with citizenship, to a study guide on taking the citizenship test.
The first part of Biase's book defines what it means to be a naturalized American citizen. She discusses the differences between a US Citizen, a Naturalized Citizen, a Permanent Resident, a refugee or person seeking asylum, nonimmigrants, parolees, undocumented immigrants, and dual citizenship. She notes that, in order to become a U.S. Citizen, one must be at least 18 years of age, have been a legal resident for at least five years, be of good moral character, be loyal to the U.S., and be willing to take an oath of allegiance.
It's not easy to become an American citizen, however. Biase notes that there are many forms which must be filled out and fees to be paid (upwards of $600). Prospective U.S. Citizens must also undergo an interview, and Biase tells immigrants how to dress and prepare for what might be the most important interview of their lives.
Part 2 of Biase's book is a study guide for taking the test to become an American citizen. She lists basics on American history, government, and the Constitution necessary to pass the test. She includes past presidents (all the way up to Barack Obama), how the U.S. Court system works, and major events in U.S. History. She then turns to the English language and reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, and vocabulary. This part of the book is like a mini-Cliffs notes for the American citizenship test, and is quite helpful to the reader.
Biase includes a sample/practice test for U.S. Citizenship. The accompanying CD-Rom contains forms necessary and printable PDF files to help study for the test. A list of past presidents, the entire Constitution and Amendments, and answers to practice tests earlier in the book are comprised in the book's appendices.
The average immigrant will find Biase's book to be helpful. However, if English does not come to him or her easily, some immigrants might need help from a native English speaker/reader in understanding the vast amount of information included in this massive tome.