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Becoming a U.S. Citizen: A Guide to the Law, Exam & Interview Paperback – October 3, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1413312652 ISBN-10: 1413312659 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Series: Becoming A U.S. Citizen: A Guide to the Law, Exam & Interview
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 5 edition (October 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413312659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413312652
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A useful guide for individuals seeking to become naturalized citizens of the U.S. I highly recommend it. (Carl Shusterman 20090101)

I have just had my citizenship interview and have been approved. It wouldn't be possible without your book, Becoming a U.S.Citizen . Everything in it is so thorough and understandable, covering all possible difficulties and uncertainties, and makes the process of getting ready for the interview much easier and even pleasant. (O. P., Seattle, WA 20090101)

Thank you for writing the book Becoming a U.S. Citizen. I just had my interview for citizenship and your book was very helpful. I enjoyed reading it and more importantly, it provided me with confidence because I knew what to expect. (A. Chavez, Palm Desert, CA 20090101)

Covers topics that most other guides don't, helping you to avoid troublespots. (ForeignerInAmerica.com 20090101)

The clearest, most accurate explanation of immigration laws for nonlawyers thus far. (Immigration Law Today 20090101) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Covers topics that most other guides don't, helping you to avoid troublespots." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If I could be a perpetual college student, I would -- but researching and writing books is the next best thing.

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Good book with much useful and clear information.
Greek Eleni
Nolo's Becoming a U.S. Citizen is an impressively comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of applying to become a U.S. citizen.
MyBeesWax
This book is worth it just for the tips on avoiding trouble spots.
John W. Graham

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By transplant28 on October 11, 2008
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Before applying for citizenship, I bought three books from Amazon. I found this one by far the most comprehensive. The author, an immigration lawyer, covers every aspect of the procedure, including helpful sample letters, tips, exam preparation strategy, and when to consult a lawyer. A tip: get the latest edition, because the test has changed recently. My only criticism would be that someone with limited English might have trouble understanding some of it. Other guides focus more on the English and civics test, though this book provides all you need to know, presented in orderly fashion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Greek Eleni on November 5, 2007
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Good book with much useful and clear information. Good buy. BUT, if you go to an adult education center in your neighborhood and sign up for a citizenship class you can buy a similar book for $10, AND get personalized help filling out the forms AND the latest information on the whole process.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Wikman VINE VOICE on March 23, 2011
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When I applied for Green Card I assumed it was going to be a piece of cake. I thought my case was clear cut. It turned out that I was wrong. I had a lot of problems because I was uninformed about the process and the details. This time around, when applying for citizenship, I decided to be better prepared. In my opinion you should not go through this process uninformed even if your case seems straight forward. The risks are simply too great. Getting this book from the Vine program certainly helped me.

This book contains all kinds of valuable information, on the process, the law, the forms, the finger printing, the Naturalization interview, the swearing-in ceremony, the English test, the US history and government exam (all questions), disability, denial, repeals, as well as discussions on potential problems and everything that could go wrong.

The book is well organized, well written, and practical. One thing I particularly liked about this book is that it does not sugar coat the USCIS. There are unprofessional and hostile USCIS agents, applications are lost or mishandled, mistakes happen, sometimes terrible mistakes, there can be excessive delays and USCIS are virtually impossible to contact or get information from. Knowing how to avoid getting into trouble and how to handle trouble when it happens is of essence, and this is an area in which this book excels. If I had read a book like this, but on Green Cards, I would avoided a year of stress for both me and my American wife.

I highly recommend this book to everyone applying for citizenship. You should read it before you apply (as I did). Maybe there is an issue you are not aware of that you need to work on before you do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By almosthappy VINE VOICE on January 27, 2011
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I've had a few NOLO guides on various legal subject matters, and so far I found most of their books to be succinctly written, helpful, and accurate in the information that they are providing. Becoming a US Citizen is no exception. The book walks reader through the entire US Citzenship application process - basic requirements, when to seek additional legal advice, the application process (along with reproduction of updated federal forms), and study questions for the actual exam. The book can be read in a partial fashion. For example, if all you need is to have an overview of the citizenship exam, there's a chapter for that (and you don't have to go back and read the earlier chapters you don't care about). All and all, this is a good resource for those who are in a rush to be drafted into the US wars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CG VINE VOICE on January 11, 2011
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I have a friend thinking about applying for citizenship, so this book seemed like a good way to be able to offer advice. I've learned a lot about possible pitfalls. Who knew that applying for citizenship could result in your green card being revoked if a discrepancy could be found in your green card application? If you are not eligible for a green card, you will be able to quickly figure it out from the first few chapters.

In keeping with the NOLO series, this title summarizes information in easy to read sidebars and the overall format of lists and checklists makes things very easy to read once and refer to later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Cuneo VINE VOICE on March 27, 2011
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Although you can find this information via the USICS website, not surprisingly the government instructions and forms are very very difficult to understand. This book helpfully explains everything you need to know and has understandable directions. It cuts down on a lot of confusion and questions that would arise from depending solely on the U.S. government information. I would highly recommend this book to assist in getting your forms filled out and understanding the process you will need to go through.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Serg on June 21, 2011
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Well, first of all this is not a direct guide from USCIS and can not be taken as the direct instruction from official organization. The best way to make it right is to go at uscis.gov and select Naturalization link. All current information about documents and current fees is there.
Second: there are no flash cards in this book to learn quickly 100 answers for the same amount of questions. USCIS.gov has this cards and it is easier than trying to memorize every word from this book concerning the test.
Third: I never could find a reference in this book to translations of documents (which are not in English) with person who will certify in writing that he(she) is competent in translation(but this, again, in the USCIS's "Guide to Naturalization").
And other remarks: Book says "...despite minor errors of spelling, grammar, capitalization, or punctuation - you'll pass". I can say only one thing, that I heard that person who spelled United States of America with not capitalized letter failed the exam.
The book says that I'd have to attach a cover letter with description of documents you send there is not such a thing in official Guide to Naturalization. I and my wife put our documents in to envelopes and marked each of them as "Documents of -Person Name- for Naturalization" - that's it. It was accepted without problems.
There is a "Sample good moral character letter" in the book. But once again there is not such a thing in the official instructions for Naturalization on uscis.gov.
When you go through the pages of this book sometime it feels like book put some fear on you like you did or going to do something wrong. For example book mentioned Adultery saying at the same time that this not an issue anymore.
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