United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published an updated version of its guide for new immigrants, titled “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants.” The updated guide is now available in 14 languages, including:   Arabic, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese

The updated Guide also includes the following updated features:

Updated information about policies, programs, and resources;

A new layout;

An additional chapter about personal finance, taxes, and financial scams, titled “Taking Care of Your Money”; and

An additional chapter about the education system, adult education programs, and health insurance, titled “Understanding Education and Health Care.”

The Guide for New Immigrants

The Guide for New Immigrants incorporates a wealth of practical information addressing as many challenges as possible that new immigrants will face settling into daily life in the United States. The Guide covers issues like:

How to find a place to live;

Obtaining a social security number;

How the United States government system works;

and much more helpful information.

The guide specifies that “being a permanent resident is a privilege, not a right.” Once you have successfully obtained permanent resident status, you must take precautions to protect that status.  Permanent residents need to demonstrate that their intent is to remain in the United States. Here are some key points to remember:

Do not leave the U.S. for an extended period of time unless you have evidence that it is for a temporary purpose (such as for work or school).

If you are remain abroad for more than six months during the year, this could be interpreted as intent to abandon your status.

If you need to plan to remain outside of the U.S. for more than six months, you will need to obtain a re-entry permit.

Finally, if you try to return to the U.S. after being gone for a year or more, you may be denied entry.

Be sure to file your income tax returns;

If you move, you must provide your new address to USCIS within 10 days of relocating;

Register with the Selective Service if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 26;

Always keep your ties to the U.S. – maintain a U.S. address, a U.S. bank account, driver’s license and credit cards; and

Carry proof of your permanent resident status at all times.

At Koloko Immigration, we can help you achieve your immigration goals. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.


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