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Guide to Citizenship and Immigration

Contacting U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

Make an appointment with USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (formerly Immigration & Naturalization Services, also known as "INS") requires online appointment setting and canceling; this is the location to visit for these activities. Instructions are in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Polish, and several other languages.

Finding the Status of Your Case

Check your case status online by typing in your application receipt number.

USCIS National Customer Service Center

Provides information on services and benefits provided to applicants, petitioners, authorized representatives, community-based organizations, and the general public. Call 1-800-375-5283 or 1-800-767-1833 (TTY) for 24/7 English and Spanish language assistance for immigration-related matters.

Affidavit of Support

"The Affidavit of Support is legally required for the petitioning sponsor for many family-based and some employment based immigrants to show the intending immigrant will have adequate means of support, when planning to immigrate to the U.S. ... A “petitioning sponsor” is a person who has filed an immigrant petition, which has been approved by USCIS."  Read more here about the process of proving that an immigrant will not require public support.

Visa Information

Green Card Diversity Visa Lottery - 2011 DV Lottery

"The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States."  The DV-2011 Lottery online entry begins at Noon EDT on October 2, 2009, and ends at Noon EST on November 30, 2009. Please check back later for updates and instructions regarding online entry for DV-2011.

General Visa Information
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs

"The Visa section of travel.state.gov, an official source of information about United States (U.S.) visa policy and procedures" answers visa questions for temporary visitors and immigrants.

Visa Information for Immigrants

"Foreign citizens wishing to immigrate and live permanently in the U.S. must comply with U.S. visa immigration law, and specific procedures to apply for your visa." Find information on visa types, qualifications, FAQs, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Designed for international students at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, this page answers general questions about student and employment forms.

Recommended Books


U.S. citizenship and naturalization handbook St. Paul, MN : West Group, c1999. Call # R 342.73 US


Becoming a U.S. citizen : a guide to the law, exam, and interview Berkeley, CA : Nolo, c2003. Call # 342.083 BE

Schell, Debbie M., Schell, Richard E., Wagner, Kurt A. Become a U.S. citizen Naperville, IL : Sphinx Pub., c2007. Call # 342.7308 SC

Shpigler, Debra R. How to become a U.S. citizen New York, NY : Arco, Thomas Learning, c2002. Call # 323.623 SH

Nearest USCIS Office

530 Fellowship Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Information Hotline: 1-800-375-5283

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