Through its partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), USCIS is providing libraries with information, educational materials, and training resources on immigration and citizenship. This collaboration is founded on the idea that libraries play a critical role in serving immigrant communities. Through our joint effort with IMLS, we plan to educate librarians, and in turn their immigrant patrons, on topics ranging from naturalization, the unauthorized practice of immigration law, and the importance of digital literacy.
USCIS/IMLS Partnership Goals
- Provide citizenship and other immigration-related educational materials to libraries.
- Offer training opportunities for librarians on a variety of immigration topics.
- Host USCIS naturalization information sessions and administrative naturalization ceremonies in libraries.
- Coordinate meaningful interaction between USCIS Community Relations Officers and libraries in their respective jurisdictions.
What Libraries Can Do to Participate
- Learn more about immigration benefits and available online resources by participating in USCIS’s free informational webinars.
- The first in a series of USCIS-IMLS webinars was held on February 4, 2014. A link to a recording of the webinar and the transcript is now available on the IMLS website.
- March 6, 2014 from 1 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern): USCIS Citizenship Education and Initiatives.
Join this webinar highlighting USCIS resources designed to prepare individuals for naturalization, to protect individuals from immigration services scams, to inform libraries about the type of assistance they can provide to immigrant patrons, and how libraries can actively engage in citizenship-related activities and events.
Pre-registration by March 4 is required. To register, follow this link for the USCIS Public Engagement Division email alert service, and enter your email address. Once you have entered your email, click on the “Subscriber Preferences” tab and then select “Event Registration.” Please provide the additional requested information to complete your registration. You will receive the URL for the webinar and the conference phone line information from USCIS shortly after you register.
- Order a Civics and Citizenship Toolkit for your library’s collection and consider establishing a Citizenship Corner.
- Explore the list of available resources on the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center.
- Link to USCIS resources by adding a widget to your website. The widgets are small online applications in English and Spanish that can be embedded on social media sites, blogs, or other web pages.
- Explore the interactive website, Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship, and guide patrons preparing for the naturalization test to this site.
- Contact your local USCIS Community Relations Officer or IMLS for further information and guidance on the support and opportunities available for libraries.
- Sign up for free email alerts with important news and information from USCIS.
- Add the USCIS Employee Rights Toolkit to your website and inform workers about their rights and responsibilities during the employment eligibility verification process.
Other USCIS Information
Join nearly half a million other employers using this free service to quickly check the employment eligibility of your new employees today. Learn more by joining our free live webinars.
Through the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law (UPIL) initiative, USCIS partnered with several government agencies to identify resources that can help you avoid immigration services scams.
USCIS offers free online tools and materials for educators and volunteers. These resources are designed to help instructors better prepare students for citizenship and the naturalization process. USCIS also offers training seminars. For dates and locations, visit www.uscis.gov/teachertraining.
|Civics and Citizenship Toolkit, a collection of educational materials for permanent residents. One free copy is available to all immigrant-serving organizations.|