Libraries

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 customers, on topics ranging from naturalization, the unauthorized practice of immigration law, and the importance of digital literacy.

On October 23, 2013, the George Mason Regional Library in Annandale, VA hosted a naturalization ceremony where twenty individuals took the Oath of Allegiance.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.

  • Coordinate meaningful interaction between USCIS community relations officers and libraries in their respective jurisdictions.

What Libraries Can Do to Participate

  1. Learn more about available resources and ways to enhance and expand adult citizenship education services within your communities by participating in free informational webinars and in-person trainings.

  2. Order a Civics and Citizenship Toolkit for your library’s collection and consider establishing a Citizenship Corner.

  3. Explore the list of available resources on the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center.

  4. Host USCIS naturalization information sessions and administrative naturalization ceremonies in libraries.

  5. 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.

  6. Explore the interactive website, Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship, and guide customers preparing for the naturalization test to this site.

  7. Contact your local USCIS community relations officer (PDF, 52 KB) or IMLS for further information and guidance on the support and opportunities available for libraries.

  8. Sign up for free email alerts with important news and information from USCIS.

  9. 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

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E-Verify

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.

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ELIS

Customers can view their benefit requests, receive electronic notification of decisions and receive real-time case status updates through this online account-based system.

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I-9 Central

All U.S. employers must use Form I-9 to verify the employment eligibility of those they hire. I-9 Central has the answers to your questions about this process.

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Avoid Scams

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.

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SAVE

The SAVE Program is an inter-governmental information service that verifies the immigration status of benefit applicants. SAVE helps authorized agencies ensure that only entitled applicants receive federal, state, or local public benefits and licenses.

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Training on the Naturalization Process

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.

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Self-Check

Before you apply for a new job, you can use Self-Check to check your employment eligibility any time and at no cost to you.

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Citizenship Educational Materials

USCIS has developed a variety of materials to help instructors supplement classroom instruction. Many of these items can also serve as self-study tools for students. Be sure to also explore the contents of the Civics and Citizenship Toolkit, a collection of educational materials for permanent residents. One free copy is available to all immigrant-serving organizations.

Employee Rights Toolkit

Employee Rights Toolkit

The Employee Rights Toolkit provides informational materials to help you understand your rights and your employer’s responsibilities during the employment eligibility verification process.