Welcome to the United States! We know that life in strange country can be overwhelming, and we have chosen these websites to help you get settled in your new home. We have tried to choose the most useful sites available, but due to the changing nature of the internet, we cannot be responsible for their accuracy. Our inclusion of websites on this page is not an endorsement of any products or services these sites may be selling or advertising.
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Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)
SETTLING IN THE U.S. - A wealth of federal government information organized into helpful categories such as Education & Child Care, Emergencies & Safety, Employment, Government Benefits, Health Care, and Money & Finance. Includes WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES: A GUIDE FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS, a free printable guide you can download in any of 14 languages - English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese. (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; an official U.S. government publication)
GUIDE FOR REFUGEES - This guidebook tells you what to expect as you find a place to live, look for work, meet Americans, and adjust to American culture and society. You can download the guide in PDF format in a variety of languages, including English, Arabic, Burmese, Chin, Farsi, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Somali, and Swahili (2012 - 2014; includes related video) as well as Amharic, Kirundi, Russian, Spanish, and Tigrigna (2007). By the Cultural Orientation Resource Center, funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
Foreign Embassies in the United States - Links to all known web sites for foreign embassies in the United States. Foreign Consular Offices in the United States provides addresses and phone numbers of foreign consular and related offices in the United States. The Diplomatic List lists the accredited diplomatic officers of foreign embassies within the United States. (U.S. State Department; an official government website. [NOTE: Changes occur frequently; status of persons listed on these pages should be verified with the Office of Protocol.]
Government Benefits (Benefits.gov) - If you need government benefits but aren't sure which ones are available or how to find them, search this website; it includes both state and federal benefits. (An official U.S. government website)
Government Loans (GovLoans.gov) - A gateway to information on obtaining Federal loans, including business loans, education loans, and more. (An official U.S. government website)
Immigration Services and Benefits - Information on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly INS) such as naturalization, citizenship, green cards, international adoptions, emergency travel, and more. The site also includes information on the Diversity Visa Program. To learn how you can protect yourself from bad people who want to make money at your expense, see Scams Against Immigrants, below. (Official government websites)
New Jersey Family Services Hotlines - A list of toll-free phone numbers for families needing assistance in New Jersey, including hotlines for food stamps, family violence, energy assistance, legal services, child care, child support, mental health and other programs (Official New Jersey government website). You can also telephone 2-1-1 for help finding state or local health and human service resources in New Jersey to address urgent needs or everyday concerns.
New Jersey Home Page - Links to the Governor's office, state departments and agencies, tourism information, education, and business resources for the state of New Jersey. (State of New Jersey; an official government website)
New Jersey State Legislature - You can use this website to find the legislators who represent your district in the New Jersey Assembly and New Jersey Senate. The site also includes information about current bills, statutes, the state constitution, and more. (State of New Jersey; an official government website)
Social Security Administration - Whether you are a student or a teacher, a farmworker or a businessperson, a refugee or a temporary resident, if you are authorized to work in the U.S., you need a Social Security number. If you don't have authorization to work, you may need a Social Security number for other reasons. This Social Security Administration (SSA) web page explains how noncitizens can apply for Social Security number (SSN) cards as part of the immigration process. There is a Multi-Language Gateway for Social Security information in 18 languages. (An official U.S. government website)
USA.gov - This directory of all online U.S. federal government resources can help you find information about all kinds of government services, and also includes links to state and local governments. You can also Contact USA.gov by phone (toll-free 1-844-872-4681), chat or e-mail about any government question you have. (An official U.S. government website)
U.S. House of Representatives - Links to websites of each member of Congress, as well as Congressional committees, leadership, etc. Enter your zip code to find out who represents you in Congress. (An official U.S. government website)
U.S. Senate - Connect to Senators' official websites, search for a bill by number or keyword, or check the Senate schedule. Choose your state from the drop-down menu to find out the names and contact information for your senators. (An official U.S. government website)
U.S. State Department - Forms and application information for visas, passports, and other State Department services. (An official U.S. government website)
Housing Department - This website from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers guides to buying or selling a home, as well as information on mortgage programs, renting, and public housing. (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; An official U.S. government website)
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency - New Jersey Homeownership Programs offer residential mortgage financing for low, moderate and middle income first-time home buyers and urban home buyers, plus links to information for renters, seniors, and people with special needs. The agency now also offers a toll-free telephone number providing consumer information for home buyers: 1-800-NJ-HOUSE. Includes information on Home Mortgage Foreclosures. See also Real Estate Information for Consumers. If you are looking for affordable housing, or housing options for people with special needs, search the New Jersey Housing Resource Center. (Official N.J. government websites)
Tenants' Rights in New Jersey (2014) [Link opens a PDF] - If you rent your home, this document explains your rights under New Jersey law, and offers legal assistance to low-income renters. For additional legal information on housing in New Jersey, see LSNJ Law: Housing. Some resources are also available en Español. (Legal Society of New Jersey)
Disasters & Weather Emergencies - See Winter Weather and Disasters links, below
Home Energy Assistance - A program to help low-income residents with the costs of home heating (New Jersey Housing Resource Center; an official government website). For links to more information on how to save money and energy in your home, see Energy Saving Tools & Tips. (U.S. Department of Energy; an official government website). Additional resources are listed on our Home Energy Conservation - Heating Webfinder.
Automobile Insurance (New Jersey) - All vehicles registered in New Jersey require three types of insurance. This site provides information on selecting car insurance in New Jersey, comparing premiums, filing a complaint, etc. (New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance; an official government website). See also New Jersey Automobile Insurance Requirements UPDATED LINK! (New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission; an official government website).
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission - Information on how to get a driver's license, permit, vehicle registration, plates, etc., in New Jersey. The site includes information on Licenses for Non-U.S. Citizens UPDATED LINK!. See also Moving to New Jersey NEW. (An official government website)
New Jersey Transit - Schedules and fares for trains and buses, plus information on connecting services and handicapped access.
Passports - This site explains how to get a U.S. passport or renew one, as well as what to do if your passport is lost or stolen. You'll need Adobe software to print passport applications from this site. See also Visas. (U.S. State Department; an official government website)
Travel Security - This site explains current security rules and procedures at U.S. airports. (U.S. Transportation Security Administration; an official government website)
U.S. State Department - Travel publications and travel warnings, international adoption, and other State Department services, plus links to related sites, and forms & application information for visas and passports. (An official government website)
Visit the United States - Information for non-U.S. citizens who wish to visit the United States from another country, with resources to help you plan your trip, manage your arrival and if needed extend your stay. (U.S. Department of Homeland Security; an official government website)
Winter Driving - Tips to help you drive safely in winter. (Car Talk radio show, National Public Radio)
Transparent Language Online): 'Web-based Language Learning that's easy, fast, and effective! Transparent Language Online is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing, and vocabulary building lessons for over 80 languages, including ESL... the most complete language-learning system available to library patrons.' Also includes access to the mobile apps for iPhone and Android devices for language learning on the go! NOTE: New users will have to set up a personal username and password by clicking on the 'Sign Up Now' button. If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started. From Recorded Books.
Rosetta Stone Language Learning offers the proven immersion method of language learning that more than 20,000 schools have trusted for over 20 years. The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the library - or anywhere, anytime. Includes courses in American English as well as British English!
Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center - Free practice tests, study tips, test prep eBooks and related resources for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), as well as U.S. Citizenship. You must type in your name, the barcode number from your library card, and your PIN (Personal Identification Number) to get started. Once you have entered the site, go to the 'INTERNATIONAL TOOLS' section of the website.
UNIVERSAL CLASS offers free online non-credit courses in ESL and many other subjects. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email! To sign up for classes, you'll need to register on the site and choose a username & password for your account.
Activities for ESL Students INTERACTIVE - Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL). Includes bilingual quizzes in dozens of languages (Internet TESL Journal). Interesting Things for ESL Students AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE offers Listen and Repeat videos, word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang, proverbs and more, for ESL students (by Charles Kelly & Lawrence Kelly; Aichi Institute of Technology, Japan).
American English: Materials for Learning English AUDIO VIDEO - An extensive collection of links to online books, stories, songs, games, articles, audios, videos and more, for English language learners of all ages (U.S. Department of State; an official government website).
GCF LearnFree: Learn English INTERACTIVE - Free online English tutorial with instructions in Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, and simple English. You can practice 1000 common vocabulary words across over 40 categories, learn new words, and practice reading, listening, & reading comprehension (Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc.).
Literacy Volunteers of Plainfield - This group will provide a local tutor to teach you English. Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey provides links to selected resources for English language learners. The Resource Guide For Adult English Language Learners of New Jersey [Link opens a PDF] can help you locate English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in your area; also includes a listing of online ESL resources (2016, N.J. Department of Education). See also English Conversations Groups at the Library, and Adult Education & Literacy Training in New Jersey, below.
News In Levels AUDIO - Short, easy-to-read English articles, with related audio, that can help you learn and understand English. (Author unknown; site includes advertisements)
TOEFL® - The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) may be required for admission to American colleges and universities, or for exchange and scholarship programs. Many government, licensing, and certification agencies also use TOEFL scores to evaluate the English skills of non-native speakers. This site tells you how to register for the TOEFL, explains what's on the test, and includes free practice tests & advice for test-takers. There is a related page on the TOEIC®, Test of English for International Communication. For related resources, see Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center, above.
Learning Express Library™ (includes Job & Career Accelerator and Computer Skills Center): With Job & Career Accelerator's innovative job-hunting system, you can explore detailed information on over 1,000 different occupations, match your interests & skills with the career that's best for you, search up-to-the-minute local & national job postings, create professional resumes & cover letters, practice interviewing skills, get invaluable tips & advice every step of the way, and conveniently organize & track your job-search progress all in one place! The Computer Skills Center offers tutorials on the most popular computer software, as well as video courses to help beginners learn to use a computer and the internet. (From LearningExpress, LLC.) [PLEASE NOTE: To access the resources of this database, you must register for a personal account, providing your name and email address, and creating a password.]
PETERSON'S TESTING & EDUCATION REFERENCE CENTER - Free practice tests, study tips, and test prep eBooks for all kinds of standardized employment & education tests, including civil service and licensure exams (Accountant/Auditor, Caseworker, Correction Officer, Firefighter, Parole Officer, Police Officer / promotions, Postal Worker, Probation Officer, Real Estate, State Trooper, Treasury Enforcement Agent, and others), GED (high school equivalency test), NCLEX (nursing), PRAXIS (teaching), Officer Candidate, and ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) tests. If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started.
FERGUSON'S CAREER GUIDANCE CENTER VIDEO - Comprehensive and easy-to-use career research database offers information on more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, plus advice on applying for a job, acing an interview, behaving professionally in the work environment and more. More than 90 sample resumes and cover letters included! The Resources section contains over 50,000 entries on scholarships, internships, and other opportunities. Includes more than 290 videos present essential career information on both specific jobs and industries and on skills. If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started.
Career One Stop VIDEO - A great starting point for your job search offering a wide assortment of career tools such as job listings & other job search resources and links to state job banks (including New Jersey Career Connections). Also provides info on careers & training opportunities, skills profiler, resume tutorial, and much more. Includes Find Local Help (formerly America's Service Locator), a searchable database of local service centers providing free access to the internet, faxes, copy machines, and many other services for job hunters, as well as an unemployment benefits and training program finders. You can also call the Helpline, 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627), for information about jobs, training, career resources, or unemployment benefits. (U.S. Department of Labor)
NJCAN - The New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) provides accurate, comprehensive, current, and relevant occupational, post-secondary school and financial aid information. NJCAN contains the latest national, New Jersey and local labor market data and projections. NJCAN also includes information on job interview preparation, resume and cover letter creation, how to keep a job, self-employment, and military occupations. NJCAN is designed to support lifelong career exploration, and career planning and decision-making through easy to use, straightforward search and sorting utilities, and an online portfolio for saving information from all system components. Click here to login as a NJ Resident. (New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development & University of Oregon)
Adult Basic Education & Literacy Training - See Adult Education & Literacy Training in New Jersey and related links, below.
Career Support for Immigrant Workers [NOTE: Expect broken links within articles.] - Basic advice for job seekers, plus related articles. See also Market Your Bilingual Skills and related links at the end of the article. (Monster.com; site includes advertisements)
E-Verify for Employees - If your employer participates in 'E-Verify' to confirm that you are authorized to work in the United States, it's important for you to understand how the program works. This website offers information about the verification process and other topics of importance to workers. Use the menu on the left side of the page to navigate the site. (U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services; an official government website)
Licensing Boards & Committees in New Jersey - An alphabetical listing of the professions and occupations for which the state of New Jersey requires a license or other certification, with links to the appropriate licensing board. See also Regulated Businesses (New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs; an official government website). If you want to obtain a professional license in another state, search Licensed Occupations by state, keyword, or licensing agency (U.S. Department of Labor; an official government website).
New Jersey Business - A great place to begin learning about how to start, relocate, or maintain a business in the Garden State, as well as how to do business with the state government. (State of New Jersey; an official government website)
New Jersey Department of Labor - Information on labor laws, unemployment benefits, workers' compensation, minimum wage, disabilities, safety, workplace training, and other information useful to workers as well as business owners and managers. (New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development; an official government website)
New Jersey Career Connections - A variety of job-related information & support, including planning & preparation advice, training opportunities, job clubs, job fairs and more. This website replaces Jobs 4 Jersey. Use the OnRamp for Jobseekers to search for jobs in New Jersey, or post your resume online. For information about Civil Service jobs (job opportunities within State, County and Municipal governments) in New Jersey, see the Civil Service Commission website (State of New Jersey; an official government website)
New Jersey Small Business Development Centers - Contact information for offices in each county, which offer a wide variety of services designed to help businesses expand, relocate, or retain jobs in New Jersey (Small Business Administration / Rutgers University; an official government website). Many additional business resources are linked on our Useful Websites: BUSINESS page.
Social Security Administration - Whether you are a student or a teacher, a farmworker or a businessperson, a refugee or a temporary resident, if you are authorized to work in the U.S., you need a Social Security number. If you don't have authorization to work, you may need a Social Security number for other reasons. This Social Security Administration (SSA) website explains how noncitizens can apply for Social Security number (SSN) cards as part of the immigration process. There is a Multi-Language Gateway for Social Security information in 18 languages. (An official government website)
Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center - Free practice tests, study tips, online courses and test prep eBooks for all kinds of standardized employment & education tests, including the SAT, CLEP, PSAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and much more. If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started.
UNIVERSAL CLASS - Free online non-credit courses in many subjects. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email! To sign up for classes, you'll need to register on the site and choose a username & password for your account.
GCF Learn Free - Free tutorials, articles, and other learning materials aimed at helping you improve the technology, literacy, and math skills needed for success in both work and everyday life. Covers a wide range of subjects from operating ATMs and reading bus or subway maps to using computers & office software and running a home-based business. Free registration required. (Nonprofit organization: Goodwill Community Foundation)
Adult Education & Literacy Training in New Jersey - Adult education and literacy programs that can help New Jersey residents improve their basic skills to become better equipped for future employment. Available classes include Adult Basic Education, Citizenship, English as a Second Language (ESL), and High School Equivalency Test preparation; these services are provided free of charge to New Jersey residents (New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development). See also GCF Learn Free and Literacy Volunteers, above. To learn more about the GED (high school graduate equivalency) exam, see the official GED website, which is now a for-profit business (American Council on Education & Pearson Education, Inc.). There are now two alternative high school equivalency tests called HiSET and TASC (ETS).
College Savings Plans Network - This site provides information on federal-tax-exempt college savings plans, also called 529 Plans.
Educational Resources for Immigrants, Refugees, Asylees and other New Americans - Information and resources for students who are newly arrived in the United States or who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). NOTE: If you have difficulty understanding English, you may request free language assistance services for this information by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (TTY: 1-800-877-8339), or email: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov. (U.S. Department of Education, official government site)
ETS - The Educational Testing Service Network - This site offers information, registration, test-taker guidelines, and practice tests, for many standardized tests (such as the GRE, HiSET, TOEFL, and PRAXIS) which may be required for college or graduate school admission, or for professional certification or advancement. On the related College Board website you can register online for the SAT & AP exams, practice with sample test questions, identify & search for suitable colleges, learn about college costs & financial aid, and more.
New Jersey Colleges & Universities - A directory of colleges, universities, community colleges, vocational schools and seminaries in the state. You can browse the schools by type of institution, by county, or alphabetically (State of New Jersey, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education; an offical government website). For a directory of community colleges throughout the United States, see Community College Finder UPDATED LINK! (American Association of Community Colleges; a non-profit organization). To find any type of colleges in other states, see U.S. Department of Education Institution Search (an offical government website).
New Jersey Statewide Testing - This site has information for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students who will be taking standardized tests in school. (An official government website)
South Plainfield Public Schools - This site gives information on all the South Plainfield public schools. (Official site)
Student Aid on the Web - This site gives information on obtaining Federal Student Aid (FSA) including grants, loans, and work-study funds. Guide to Federal Student Aid VIDEO includes printable guides for the current & upcoming year, plus related resources and tools, in English and Spanish. Also includes information for ordering publications in Braille. (U.S. Department of Education; an official government website)
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - Answers to common questions about credit cards, mortgages, loans (including student loans), debt collection, and more, plus information about credit discrimination, foreclosure help, and an online complaint form, in Engish and Español. The site also offers a Newcomer's Guides to Managing Money, to provide recent immigrants with straightforward information about basic money decisions, also in English and Español. Assistance by Telephone, (855) 411-2372 is available 8 AM to 8 PM ET, Monday through Friday, in 180 languages! (Official U.S. government website)
Consumer.gov: Managing Your Money VIDEO - Designed for immigrants, this website clearly explains the basics of dealing with money, covering topics such as Opening a Bank Account, Your Paycheck, Debit & Prepaid Cards, Sending Money Overseas, Buying a Used Car, Renting an Apartment or House, Credit & Loans, Scams & Identity Theft, and more. Also available en Español (U.S. Federal Trade Commission; an official government website). For additional resources on money management and related subjects, see Building Wealth (2016, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), National Foundation for Credit Counseling: Financial Education VIDEO (non-profit organization), MyMoney.gov (official U.S. government website), and Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco Financial Education Publications (2007 - 2014; non-profit organization).
Federal Citizen Information Center UPDATED LINK! - Free U.S. Government publications providing advice about cars, computers, education, jobs, family, food, health, housing, money, small business, travel, and other topics. You can read the publications online or order printed copies by mail (there may be a charge for some printed documents). USA.gov also posts alerts on product recalls and scams & frauds. See also Scams Against Immigrants, below. More consumer information from the federal government on a variety of topics is available from the Money and Consumer Issues section of USA.gov. (Official government websites)
Federal Reserve Consumer Help - Consumer alerts, plus selected links to advice & information about bank accounts and services, consumer credit, identity theft, mortgages & loans, foreclosure, and more. Use the left-hand menu to choose a topic. Also available en Español (Federal Reserve Board; an official government website)
Middlesex County Division of Consumer Affairs - Do you have a problem with a business in Middlesex County? You can download a printed complaint form on this website, or call (732) 745-3875 for a form to be sent to you. (An official government website)
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Consumer information and services, from the state of New Jersey. The website includes instructions on how to file a complaint against a business, service, or organization, (An official government website)
N.J. Professional Licensing Boards - Before you choose a doctor, lawyer, dentist, accountant, or other professional or business, you can check online to find out the current status of his or her professional license (active, inactive, suspended, or expired). Search the License Verification page to find out the current status of the professional license (active, inactive, suspended, or expired) for practitioners of dozens of professions and occupations in the state of NJ, including lawyers, dentists, accountants, acupuncturists, social workers, veterinarians, barbers, funeral directors, locksmiths, architects, contractors, and many more. (New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs) [NOTE: To search for doctors, podiatrists, or other medical professionals not listed separately, choose 'MEDICAL EXAMINERS' from the dropdown list of Professions on the License Verification search page.]. See also New Jersey Professional Licensing links and NJ Health Care Profile and related links for additional information about health care professionals.
On Guard Online (Computer Security) - Practical tips from the U.S. government to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your kids and your personal information (U.S. Federal Trade Commission; an official government website). See also COMPUTERS & TECHNOLOGY: Protecting Yourself & Your Family for many additional resources.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Printable federal tax forms and publications. Click on 'e-file' to file your taxes electronically from your home computer. Also provides information for International Taxpayers, including foreign students and resident & nonresident aliens. (An official government website)
New Jersey Division of Taxation - Get NJ tax information, print N.J. forms and instructions, or file online from your home computer. Click here for FAQs and contact information (by e-mail, phone, postal mail, or in person). (Offical government website)
Taxpayer Advocate - An IRS office set up to help you resolve problems with your federal (U.S.) tax returns. (Internal Revenue Service; an official government website)
Useful Websites: Taxes - Selected links to additional tax information.
Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center - Information about immigration and naturalization, test-taking tips and strategies, and practice tests. You must type in your name, the barcode number from your library card, and your PIN (Personal Identification Number) to get started. Once you have entered the site, click on 'INTERNATIONAL TOOLS'.
U.S. Citizenship Resource Center - 'A Web-based portal that centralizes citizenship resources for immigrants, educators and organizations. This free, easy-to-use website will help users better understand the naturalization process and gain the necessary skills to be successful during the naturalization interview and test. (Official government website)
Immigration Services and Benefits - Information on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly INS) such as naturalization, citizenship, green cards, international adoptions, emergency travel, and more. The site also includes a Guide to Naturalization and information about taking the U.S. Naturalization (Citizenship) Test, plus sample questions and other study materials for the naturalization test, as well as information on the Diversity Visa Program UPDATED LINK!. See also Scams Against Immigrants, below. (Official government websites)
Dual Nationality / Dual Citizenship UPDATED LINK! - Dual nationality (also known as dual citizenship) means that a person is a national of two countries at the same time. This page provides basic information for dual national American citizens, and those who stand to acquire (or lose) dual nationality. See also Advice about Possible Loss of U.S. Nationality and Dual Nationality NEW!. (U.S. State Department, an official government website)
Preparing for the Oath - 'An easy-to-use study guide for the civics portion of the U.S. Naturalization test. Here you can learn about U.S. history & government, and practice for the test.' (2013, National Museum of American History). See also LEARNING ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT, below.
Scams Against Immigrants AUDIO - 'Whether you're renewing your Green Card, becoming a citizen, or trying to choose the right forms, immigration issues can be complicated - and it's important to do things right. Use the resources on this page to help you avoid scams, and find the right kind of help.' Includes resources in English, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. There are related resources in Amharic, Arabic, Dari, French, Somali, and Spanish at Avoiding Scams: Information for Recent Refugees & Immigrants (U.S. Federal Trade Commission). See also Scam Calls to Immigrants (U.S. Federal Trade Commission), Immigration Fraud (U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services), and general information about all types of scams & frauds, above.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government - This site is designed for elementary and secondary school students, but it will be useful for people of any age who want to learn about how our government works (U.S. Government Printing Office; an official government website). See also Congress for Kids (Dirksen Congressional Center).
Core Documents of U.S. Democracy UPDATED LINK! - Links to online text of key U.S. documents such as the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Emancipation Proclamation, plus Supreme Court decisions, Presidential papers, and more. (U.S. Government Printing Office; an official government website)
Elections the American Way AUDIO - Essays, photos, audio recordings, and other materials to help you explore the history of the American political system. Covers candidates, voters, party system, election process, and issues. Expect some broken links. (Library of Congress)
Federal Budget [Link opens a PDF] - This online booklet explains basic economic concepts related to the budget of the federal government, exploring similarities and differences between the federal budget and the family budget. Includes discussion questions and resources for additional information. (2003, Federal Reserve Bank of New York)
U.S. Constitution (Annotated) - For those who want to delve more deeply into the U.S. Constitution, this website gives the full text of the Constitution, plus historical background, commentary, and important court cases for each article, section, clause, and amendment. (Cornell University)
FIND YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS - Enter your 9-digit zip code to get a list of your U.S. Senators and Representatives, as well as state Legislators and local officials, with addresses and/or phone numbers. Also includes some email addresses and fax numbers, but not for all officials. Does NOT include website links (League of Women Voters).
For website links, see
USA.gov's Contact Government Agencies and Elected Officials page (websites will usually provide email addresses or online contact forms).
C-Span VIDEO - Public affairs coverage from the C-Span Cable network to help you keep informed about government and political issues; includes video.
FactCheck AUDIO - Monitors the factual accuracy of political statements in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases (Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania). See also Politifact Truth-O-Meter (St. Petersburg [FL] Times / Congressional Quarterly; site includes advertisements).
New Jersey Voters: Get Informed - Information about who is eligible to vote, how you can register to vote, primary & election dates, and more; use the left-hand menu to choose a topic. Includes a link to the New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government (League of Women Voters of NJ)
Selective Service System: Immigrants and Dual Nationals - Explains registration requirements for immigrants and dual nationals, with related information about how and where to register. (An official government website)
Vote Smart - Provides free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to help you become an informed voter. Biographies, campaign finances, issue positions, special interest group ratings, and voting records for federal and state candidates and officeholders. Biographical section includes addresses, phone numbers, email, and website links. (Non-profit organization)
BOROUGH OF SOUTH PLAINFIELD HOME PAGE - Official borough website, includes information on the mayor and council, departments and agencies, municipal court, and recreation, links to the Fire Department and Police Department home pages, borough history, recycling & yard waste info, Senior Corner, Community Bulletin Board, and a directory of local civic organizations, businesses, hospitals, and places of worship. See also Borough of South Plainfield Facebook Page.
South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources - Phone numbers for local, county & state resources covering a variety of needs such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment/unemployment, alcoholism/drug abuse, domestic violence, and more. (Borough of South Plainfield)
South Plainfield Public Schools - Information on all the South Plainfield public schools, including the adult education and English As A Second Language UPDATED LINK! programs. (An official government website)
Middlesex County - Official website for the county. Contains links to county officials and departments, including social services, consumer affairs and public health & safety, plus information on population, economics, government, services, businesses, parks, etc.
State of New Jersey - Connect to the Governor's office, state departments and agencies, tourism information, education, and business resources for the state of New Jersey.
My Central Jersey - The new combined website for central New Jersey's two local daily newspapers, Courier-News and Home-News Tribune. NOTE: You must be a paid subscriber for full access. The site's Local Directory section includes listings for central NJ schools, businesses, services, arts & entertainment, community groups, religious organizations, and other local information.
South Plainfield Observer - Local weekly newspaper posts events, photos, local government meetings, and obituaries online.
TAPinto South Plainfield - An all-online news website that provides current, pertinent and interesting news and information about the community including various resources, activities, and events in South Plainfield. Formerly The Alternative Press (TAP) of South Plainfield. (Darlene Cullen, Editor)
All About America VIDEO - A collection of articles, pamphlets, and other resources exploring diverse aspects of U.S. life and culture. (U.S. State Department; an official government website)
Conversion Maestro - Quickly converts measurements to or from metric units of length (feet / meters), area (square feet / square meters), mass / weight (ounces / grams), liquid volume (pints / liters), and temperature (Fahrenheit / Celsius); (from Mahidol University Thailand; site includes advertisements). How Much Is It? is a very simple length, weight, and volume converter (Math Cats). Online Conversion offers many additional conversion calculators: 'over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions' (1997 - 2010; personal site by Robert Fogt, a website / software developer; site includes advertisements).
Easy-to-Read Health Information AUDIO - Explains many health conditions in simple English, often with helpful pictures or diagrams and audio; some are also available en Español. Arranged by subect (Medline). EthnoMed Multilingual Health Information VIDEO provides links to patient education materials in Amharic, Chinese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese, but not all brochures are available in all languages (University of Washington). HealthReach AUDIO VIDEO offers health education materials in various languages and formats, such as brochures, fact sheets, audios and videos (National Library of Medicine). Click here for more useful websites on HEALTH, or see Salud en español.
Find Family after a War or International Disaster - If armed conflict, international disasters or migration have separated you from family members and loved ones, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent may be able to help you contact them. Check this page for more information. (American Red Cross)
New Jersey Legal Services Directory - Legal Services of New Jersey provides free help for low-income individuals and families with civil law problems. Click here for information on LSNJ's telephone hotline, 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-5529).
Post Office - See U.S. Postal Service and related links.
Telephone Directories, Area Codes and Country Codes - See Telephone Area Code / Country Code finder and related links.
Virtual Reference Shelf - Almanacs, associations, clocks, calculators, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, quotations, statistics, and other online reference books (Library of Congress). See also USEFUL WEBSITES: General & Multi-Subject Sites.
Winter Weather - Learn about winter weather and what you can do to stay warm, safe, and healthy in cold weather (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Winter Weather Preparedness offers tips for protecting your home & family during severe winter weather (New Jersey Office of Emergency Management; an official government website). For advice on what to do before and after floods, hurricanes, winter storms, blackouts, and other disasters, see our Disasters Webfinder.
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