Important Information for New Citizens

Congratulations on becoming a U.S. Citizen! You have worked very hard for this achievement. On the following pages, you will find information to help you with the next steps following your Oath Ceremony. With American Citizenship, comes many rights and responsibilities. If you need help finding any information or resources, please contact Catherine, our Citizenship Coordinator at catherine@literacyforall.org, or by texting (833) 759-0380.

Learning your rights and responsibilities

As a new citizen, you have many rights.
These rights include:

  • The freedom to express yourself.
  • The freedom to worship as you wish.
  • The right to a prompt, fair trial by jury.
  • The right to vote in elections for public officials.
  • The right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship.
  • The right to run for elected office.
  • The freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

You also have many new responsibilities or things you must do.
As a new citizen, you must:

  • Support and defend the Constitution.
  • Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
  • Participate in the democratic process.
  • Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
  • Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
  • Participate in your local community.
  • Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
  • Serve on a jury when called upon.
  • Defend the country if the need should arise.

We've collected all the links and resources you'll need after taking your oath. There are documents you will need and many ways you can become engaged in our democracy. Again, please let us know if you need any help finding the information you need. Congratulations again on becoming a U.S. Citizen! 

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