Washington – U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services has released a guide designed to help
new immigrants to the United States settle into their new
to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants is
designed for permanent residents and the organizations that
serve them in resettlement. It provides an array of information
on meeting the ordinary needs of life, such as finding a
job, paying taxes, minding money and getting health care.
The guide also offers information about
the responsibilities of being a permanent resident. These
include carrying proof of status (known as the “green
card”) at all times, informing the Department of Homeland
Security of changes of address, paying taxes and, for young
men, registering with the selective service.
This document is welcoming to newcomers
but also candid in informing non-native residents of the
consequence of misdeeds.
“Being a permanent resident is a ‘privilege’
and not a ‘right.’ The U.S. government can take
away your permanent resident status under certain conditions,”
the guide says.
Those conditions include committing serious
crimes – such as murder, rape, terrorism and drug
trafficking. The guide also notes consequences for lesser
offenses like lying, drunkenness and failure to pay taxes
or support a family.
With all those warnings made clear, the
guide also encourages engagement in civic activity, and
provides educational material about U.S. history and government
and some instruction on how an individual can become a U.S.
citizen with full rights to vote, serve in public office
and carry a U.S. passport.