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ByPhillip Kim


The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world.

America values the contributions of immigrants who continue to enrich this country and

preserve its legacy as a land of freedom and opportunity.

Deciding to become a U.S. citizen is one of the most important decisions in an individual

’s life. If you decide to apply to become a U.S. citizen, you will be showing your

commitment to the United States and your loyalty to its Constitution. In return, you are

rewarded with all the rights and privileges that are part of U.S. citizenship.

You may become a U.S. citizen either at birth or after birth. Individuals who are born in

the United States and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and individuals

born in certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States are citizens at

birth. Also, individuals born outside the United States may be citizens at birth if their

parent or parents were citizens at the time of birth and other requirements are met.

Additionally, you may become a U.S. citizen after birth either through your parents,

known as “derived” or “acquired” citizenship, or by applying for naturalization on your


Citizenship Through Naturalization
Generally, permanent residents (green card holders) age 18 or older who meet all

eligibility requirements for naturalization. Application for Naturalization. For more

information, see the “Citizenship ” link to the top.

Citizenship Through Parents
If eligible, you can “acquire” or “derive” U.S. citizenship through a qualifying U.S. citizen

parent(s). For more information, see the “Citizenship ” link to the top.

The Naturalization Test
Most naturalization applicants are required to take a test on English, and U.S. history and

government. We provide resources to help you prepare. For more information, Please

Fresno Immigration Attorney Phillip Kim
(559) 761-9742

Citizenship for Military Members and Dependents
Members and veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their dependents may be eligible for

special naturalization provisions. See the “Greencards” link to the top.
For More Information, Please Contact:
Fresno Immigration Attorney Phillip Kim
(559) 761-9742

ByPhillip Kim

Applicant Performance on the Naturalization Test in Fresno.

Immigration requires that naturalization applicants must demonstrate an ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language, and have a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government. As part of a multi-year redesign, the naturalization test was modified to achieve two basic objectives:

A uniform and consistent testing experience for all applicants
A civics test that can effectively assess an applicant’s knowledge of U.S. history and government
The new test strives to emphasize the founding principles of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship while also serving as an important instrument to encourage civic learning and attachment to the country.

From October 1, 2008 through January 31, 2010, more than 577,000 new naturalization tests were administered nationwide. For those applicants taking both the English and civics tests, the overall national pass rate as of January 2010 is 92 percent. Data collected since October 1, 2008 indicate that applicant performance remains relatively consistent with that of the previous test. Compared to historical data from internal case management systems, the current pass rate of 92 percent is similar to that of the old test, which was 91 percent based on 2008 data.

Background on the Data
The data reflected above were taken from internal case management systems used to track naturalization applications and have been gathered to provide a general snapshot of how applicants are performing on the revised test. The national pass rate is determined based solely on an applicant’s first test within the current naturalization application. The data represent applicants taking the new naturalization test from October 1, 2008 through January 31, 2010. Please note that test results for each applicant are manually entered into the case management system and some errors may occur during manual entry. Although every effort has been undertaken to eliminate any errors made during manual data entry, errors may exist that would impact the publicized national pass rate. For More Information, Please Contact:
Fresno Immigration Attorney Phillip Kim
(559) 761-9742

ByPhillip Kim

Citizenship and Integration Program by Immigration Attorney in Fresno

Fiscal year 2010 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today the availability of

two different grants designed to help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for

citizenship and advance integration in the United States. This year’s program will

make nearly $7 million available for citizenship education in communities across the


Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program
This funding opportunity will focus on local programs currently promoting the rights

and responsibilities of citizenship through citizenship preparation programs for LPRs.

Proposed activities must include a citizenship education component consisting of

citizenship or civics-focused ESL instruction and citizenship instruction (U.S. history

and government) to prepare LPRs for the civics, and English reading, writing and

speaking components of the naturalization test.

In addition to the mandatory education component, grant funds may be used to

provide naturalization application preparation assistance, including legal services

(within the scope of authorized practice of immigration law) and case management

services to support the naturalization application and interview process. Grants will

be awarded to organizations proposing citizenship education services only, as well as

to organizations proposing both citizenship education services and naturalization

application preparation assistance. For More Information, Please Contact:
Fresno Immigration Attorney Phillip Kim
(559) 761-9742