October 28 Is National Immigrant Day

Mario A. Godoy
October 28 Is National Immigrant Day

As the world’s melting pot, every year on October 28, National Immigrant Day, Americans take pride in being a country of immigrants. The U.S. Congress recognized the first National Immigrants Day on October 28, 1987.

American By Birth or Choice?

Naturalization occurs when a person voluntarily applies to become a permanent U.S. citizen. There are various steps to prepare for naturalization which include:

  • Determining eligibility
  • Overcoming barriers to ineligibility
  • File USCIS Form N-400
  • Getting fingerprinted
  • Attending a citizenship interview
  • Attend an oath ceremony

There are 5 responsibilities you agree to when you become a U.S. Citizen:

  1. Support and defend the U.S. Constitution
  2. Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws
  3. Participate in the democratic process
  4. Pay income and other taxes
  5. Serve on a jury when called upon

Are You Ready To Become a United States Citizen?

USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration) has many resources that are related to this important day (national immigrant day):

  • Practice Tests for the Naturalization Interview (2008 version of the civics test)
    Three online practice tests allow you to review the vocabulary that you might hear during the naturalization interview or read on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test Video
    This 16-minute video explains the naturalization process and test. It also follows two applicants as they interact with USCIS officers during a naturalization interview.
  • 100 Civics Questions and Answers with MP3 Audio (2008 version of the civics test)
    This is the official list of civics questions and answers on the naturalization test in MP3 audio format.
  • Civics Practice Test (2008 version of the civics test)
    Practice your knowledge of U.S. history and government.
  • Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship (2008 version of the civics test)
    This web resource provides online videos and activities on the 100 civics questions from the naturalization test and highlights museum objects from the Smithsonian Institution. Visit the “Writing the Constitution”, “Voting”, “Rights”, and “Responsibilities” themes for information on the Constitution and citizenship.
  • Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test (PDF, 2.28 MB) (2008 version of the civics test)
    This study booklet will help you prepare for the civics and English portions of the naturalization interview. It contains the 100 civics questions on the naturalization test with background information and vocabulary from the English portions of the naturalization test.

WATCH: Immigration Attorney Mario Godoy Explains U.S. Citizenship Requirements

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Talk to An Illinois Citizenship and Naturalization Attorney

The procedures and requirements for citizenship/naturalization change frequently and have become complex and stressful. It is important to have legal guidance from a knowledgeable attorney. There is no substitute for consulting a skilled Oak Brook naturalization lawyer. For more information, contact Godoy Law Office today: call 630-912-0322. 

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