The Immigrant Guide

$4.00

This 45-page guidebook – available in several languages – provides practical, easy-to-read information about living and succeeding in the U.S.

Languages:  English*, Spanish**, Arabic, Burmese, French, Karen, Nepali-Bhutanese, Somali, Portuguese
Due to the varying length of languages, only the English & Spanish versions are in full color. The English version matches all translations and can be used side-by-side in order to link content with images.

*Version 6 of The English version of The Immigrant Guide is now shipping!* See below for details about the updated content.

**The Spanish version of The Immigrant Guide is currently not available. We are working on Version 6, which will be ready to ship at the end of January.

Quantity Discount:    1-99  $4.00      100-499 $3.50           Over 500+ $3.00
Free PDF of Conversation Supplement and Workshop Planner with purchase of 20+ Guides. 

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The Immigrant Guide

$4.00

This 45-page guidebook – available in several languages – provides practical, easy-to-read information about living and succeeding in the U.S.

Languages:  English*, Spanish**, Arabic, Burmese, French, Karen, Nepali-Bhutanese, Somali, Portuguese
Due to the varying length of languages, only the English & Spanish versions are in full color. The English version matches all translations and can be used side-by-side in order to link content with images.

*Version 6 of The English version of The Immigrant Guide is now shipping!* See below for details about the updated content.

**The Spanish version of The Immigrant Guide is currently not available. We are working on Version 6, which will be ready to ship at the end of January.

Quantity Discount:    1-99  $4.00      100-499 $3.50           Over 500+ $3.00
Free PDF of Conversation Supplement and Workshop Planner with purchase of 20+ Guides. 

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Living in a new country is hard! The Immigrant Guide offers a great reference for learning the laws, systems and culture for living and succeeding in the U.S. Topics include: applying for a job, renting an apartment, filing taxes, the role of the police, healthcare, and helping kids with school just to name a few. The content can be used to supplement our Confidence and Connections Adult ESL curriculum, as a workshop, and as a resource for newcomers.

What’s new in Edition 6 of The Immigrant Guide (English version)? As of June 9, 2021, we are now shipping Edition 6 of The Immigrant Guide (English version only). Updates include:

  • Avoiding today’s common scams
  • Internet safety and speed
  • Inclusive language
  • Parent-teacher conferences
  • Filing taxes and ITINs
  • Navigating discrimination
  • Helping kids succeed
  • Bullying and child safety
  • Community resources
  • Getting legal help
  • Vaccinations and preventing illness

Resources

Immigrant Guide Resources

We’ve compiled a list of helpful links to provide extra information about the topics covered in the Immigrant Guide.

ALCOHOL & DRUGS 
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Information
Finding an AA near you

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Know Your Rights

DRINKING & DRIVING
Limits and Penalties by State

Blood Alcohol Concentration Chart

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Basic Information

BECOMING A U.S. CITIZEN
Qualify for Citizenship

GETTING PROBLEMS FIXED
A List of Local Housing Agencies

THE LEASE
Sample Housing Lease

HOW TO FIND JOBS
Small Business Administration: How to Start a Small Business

RESUMES
Sample Resumes

COVER LETTERS
Sample Cover Letters

BENEFITS
Typical Benefits Packages
Benefits Information
Information About Unions

OVERTIME
More Information About Overtime

MINIMUM WAGE
Minimum Wage by State

TAX TIME
Do You Need to File Taxes?
Application for Tax Extension
Application for ITIN
1040 EZ Form
EITC Information 

FILLING OUT MEDICAL FORMS
Sample Medical History Form

VACCINATIONS & CHECK-UPS
More Information About Check-ups
Vaccination Schedules

USING A THERMOMETER
When is a Fever Dangerous?

FIRST AID
Emergency Medical Care – First Aid Resources
Finding CPR and First Aid Courses in Your Area

WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
Calculate How Many Calories You Should Consume Daily

CIGARETTES
More Information About the Dangers of Smoking

ALCOHOLISM
Risks and Symptoms

CHILD SEATS
Specific Requirements

CAR INSURANCE
AAA

BUYING & REGISTERING A CAR
Calculate the Value of a Car

PARENTING IN THE U.S.
Child Abuse Information

CHILD SAFETY
Child Safety Tips

FAMILY PLANNING & BIRTH CONTROL
Birth Control Methods

PREGNANCY
Resources for Pregnant Mothers

FINDING A SCHOOL FOR YOUR KIDS
Head Start Information

COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY & VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS
Student Loans and Grants
Financial Aid Overviews

LEARNING ENGLISH
Helpful Websites

POSTAGE & THE POST OFFICE
General Information and Specific Costs

NAMES & TITLES
When to Use Mr., Mrs. and Ms.

ANSWERING PHONES & CHECKING MESSAGES
Cell Phone and Texting Laws by State

RELIGION
Statistics on Religions in the U.S.

DOGS
Dog Care Tips

SEX
Preventing STDs

READING EXPIRATION DATES
Reading Expiration and Sell By Dates

WALKING & BIKING
Biking Safety Tips

VOLUNTEERING
Volunteer Match
Idealist.org
Serve.gov

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The Immigrant Guide is offered in English, Spanish, Arabic, Burmese, Karen, and Somali.  Please check the Immigrant Guide page for the most up-to-date languages offered.

Knowing that many immigrants have a basic understanding of English, we have written this guide with the most basic vocabulary possible while still providing important information. We have added pictures to the English and Spanish versions of the guide to illustrate certain topics.

We offer a FREE PDF Download of our placement test to help you determine the best level for your student(s). This short oral and written test makes it easy to assess your students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities. The step-by-step instructions make it easy for anyone to assess a student’s English skills.

See Placement Tests tab.