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Historical perspective:

Immigration Explorer - Interactive Map Click here to trace the patterns of immigration from 1880-2000.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/10/us/20090310-immigration-explorer.html

Immigration to the United States, 1789 - 1930
http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration/timeline.html

Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-Born Population of the United States, 1850-2000
http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0081/twps0081.html

Immigration to the City of Philadelphia: An Economic and Historical Overview
http://www.history.upenn.edu/philamigrationproject

Who is a Green Card Holder (Permanent Resident)?
“A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a "Green Card." You can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylee status or other humanitarian programs. In some cases, you may be eligible to file for yourself.”

Green Card Information:
http://www.uscis.gov/greencard

Information on Citizenship
http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship

To become a citizen after birth, you must:
· Apply for “derived” or “acquired” citizenship through parents
· Apply for naturalization

If you have a disability & need accommodations to reach USCIS including an ASC appointment, InfoPass appointment, interview appointment or naturalization ceremony, or a USCIS public event such as town hall meeting:
http://www.uscis.gov/tools/requesting-accommodations-disabilities