The Immigrant Guide


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.

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

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. 











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


Immigrant Guide Resources

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

Specific Requirements


Calculate the Value of a Car

Child Abuse Information

Child Safety Tips

Birth Control Methods

Resources for Pregnant Mothers

Head Start Information

Student Loans and Grants
Financial Aid Overviews

Helpful Websites

General Information and Specific Costs

When to Use Mr., Mrs. and Ms.

Cell Phone and Texting Laws by State

The Immigrant Guide in nine languages – an affordable tool ideal for ESL classes, life skill workshops and cultural orientations.

TheImmigrantGuideEnglish TheImmigrantGuideSpanish
TheImmigrantGuideArabic TheImmigrantGuideKaren
TheImmigrantGuideBurmese TheImmigrantGuideSomali
TheImmigrantGuideNepali-Bhutanese TheImmigrantGuideFrench

Ordering FAQs

Please note that as of June 2021, some of our shipping policies have changed.

If you don’t find the answer to your question(s) below, please feel free to contact us directly. If you prefer to order via paper form you can download a PDF order form.

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As of June 1, 2020, our payment policy has changed. All orders must be paid in advance. We accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, checks and Purchase Orders. Written and signed Purchase Orders are an acceptable form of payment, and may be sent to Purchases made my purchase order must be paid within 60 days of receipt of product. Accounts with unpaid purchases will immediately be placed on hold after 60 days and no new products will be shipped until payment on original order is received. For additional questions, please contact

Please place your order online and select “pay by purchase order” as your payment option. Then, email your organization’s completed purchase order document to Purchases made by purchase order must be paid within 60 days of receipt of product. Orders will not ship until we received a copy of the purchase order document.


Please place your order online and select “quote” as your payment option. Your quote will be emailed to you. No order will be processed or shipped until we receive confirmation from your organization. 



For the quickest service, all orders – including orders placed with a purchase order – should be placed online. 

Orders placed online generally ship in 1 – 3 business days, depending on time and size of order.

Expedited order processing is available for a $15 fee per order. To place an expedited order, contact 

Intercambio offers two shipping rates with USPS – Media Mail and Priority Mail. Media Mail typically arrives in 6-10 days; Priority Mail should arrive within 2-4 business days. 

UPS Group shipping is also available and generally takes 3-5 days. 

Please note that neither shipping rate is guaranteed; please plan accordingly. 

You will receive an email with tracking information when your order ships. (Note: This email will come from, but all inquiries should be directed to The tracking email is auto-generated, so it may end up in your junk mail.)

Intercambio offers two shipping rates with USPS – Media Mail and Priority Mail. Media Mail typically arrives in 6-10 days; Priority Mail should arrive within 2-4 business days.  

UPS Group shipping is also available and generally takes 3-5 days. 

You will receive an email with tracking information when your order ships. (Note: as this tracking email is auto-generated, it may end up in your junk mail.) 

If you have paid for Priority Mail or UPS Ground and have not received your order in 8 days from date of shipment, contact us at to make arrangements. If you have paid for Media Mail and have not received your order in 3 weeks from date of shipment, contact us at to make arrangements.  We do not refund shipping costs. 

Orders that are not received due to incorrect shipping addresses entered while placing the order will not be refunded, and a new order will need to be placed at full price. 

Shipping is calculated for you when you order online. If you have any questions or need help calculating your shipping costs, please do not hesitate to contact us. Expedited shipping is available for an additional fee.

The total shipping fee includes postage and handling. Intercambio charges a 3% handling charge on all orders, calculated as a percentage of the total product price (excluding shipping). This handling charge is in addition to postage rates. 

If you need to make any changes to an order (including incorrectly entered addresses, or product additions) after it is placed but before it is processed for shipping, there will be an additional charge of $5. Once orders are processed for shipping, we are unable to accommodate any changes. 

All products offer a quantity discount.
Confidence and Connections is based on your total book purchase: 1-49 and 50+.
The Immigrant Guide and Pronunciation Fun quantity discounts occur at a quantity of 100 and 500 books.  

Because most of our customers are tax-exempt organizations, we do not add sales tax to your order. We pay sales tax to local entities when necessary, but we do not pass that charge on to our customers.

Listening tracks for Confidence & Connections are available on the Intercambio app, which can be used on tablets and smartphones. To download the free app, visit: (Apple products) (Android products)

Once the app is installed and opened, you will select the appropriate Level (number and letter). You will then see the track list for the book and be able to play the listening track for your lesson.

All sales are final.  Additionally, please be sure to confirm that the shipping address you enter is correct before placing your order. Intercambio will not be responsible for orders shipped incorrectly to the address provided in the order.

Watch this How To Video!

Set up your account with multiple addresses in advance:

  1. Go to, or click ‘My Account’ on the top right of any page on Intercambio’s website.
  2. Click ‘Addresses’ from the navigation menu.
  3. First, make sure you’ve added a default billing and shipping address to your account. Click the blue ‘Add’ text, or if you need to make changes to a previously entered address, click the blue ‘Edit’ text, to enter your default addresses.
  4. Then, to enter secondary shipping addresses, click the orange ‘Add Address’ button.
  5. Enter the address, then click ‘Save Address’.
  6. Repeat steps 4 – 5 as many times as addresses you need to enter.

Checkout using multiple addresses:

  1. After adding all needed items to your cart from, from your cart, click the orange ‘Proceed to Checkout’ button.
  2. Click the orange ‘Enter or Choose Addresses’ button.
  3. Each individual product in your cart will appear on a separate line, including multiples of the same product (i.e. the number of lines will match the total number of items in your cart, not the number of different products). For each line, select the address from the drop down for that product. To send multiples to one address, each product will need to have the correct address selected on each separate line.
    • If you need to update quantities of products, you may do so from this page. Simply click the orange ‘Delete’ button to reduce the quantity, or edit the number in the quantity box to add. Click ‘Update’. Note that for increasing the quantity, after clicking ‘Update’, the products will be split into separate lines, each with a quantity of 1.
    • The options from the drop down bar will include the addresses you entered into your account in steps 1 – 6. If you didn’t complete those steps in advance, just click the blue ‘Add a new shipping address’ text to enter a new shipping address. If you enter a new address during the Checkout process, it will save the address to your account for future use. Both processes result in saving multiple addresses to your account; the only difference is if you decide to enter those before placing an order or while doing so.
  4. Click ‘Update’ to see changes and stay on the same page, or click the orange ‘Save Addresses and Continue’ button to save and return to the Checkout page.
  5. Under ‘Your order’, review the products and quantities for each shipping address, making sure it has been entered accurately before placing your order.
    • The first line items under ‘Your order’ reflect the total quantities of each product in your entire order. The gray boxes underneath ‘Shipping Methods’ reflect the quantities being sent to each address.
    • Note that you can select different shipping methods – either Media or Priority Mail – for each address. Click the drop down arrow on the shipping method to change.
    • If you need to make any changes to the addresses or quantities, click the blue ‘Modify address’ text, or scroll back to the top and click the orange ‘Modify/Add Address’ button.
      • Note that in order to change a specific address (if there is a typo, for example), you’ll need to click ‘Add a new shipping address’, then click the orange ‘Edit’ button under the address you’d like to modify. Click ‘Update Address’.
  6. Once confirming your order has been entered accurately, enter your payment information, then click the orange ‘Place Order’ button.

Yes! The Confidence and Connections series is available as a digital view subscription product. For information about the subscription options, please visit the subscription products themselves.

Student and Teacher Books Annual Subscription

Student Books Monthly Subscription

You’ll find FAQs associated with the digital view products if you scroll down to review the associated product details. Please note, digital view access is now only provided through one of the two subscription options. Purchasing individual levels of the digital view is no longer an option.

Pronunciation Fun and The English Immigrant Guide are available for purchase as a digital view product on the website. For details, visit our shop page.

In addition to English, The Immigrant Guide is offered in Arabic, Burmese, French, Karen, Nepali-Bhutanese, Somali, and Spanish.  Only the English and Spanish versions are illustrated. Please check the Immigrant Guide page for the most up-to-date languages offered in print format.

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.

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