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US releases guide for new immigrants

The US Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services has unveiled a guide aimed at recently arrived legal immigrants to the US. The guide provides basic civic education and practical tips for living in the United States. It is the first major effort in nearly a century to provide such comprehensive materials for permanent residents. The guide, which was released on 7 June, is part of a larger effort to assimilate immigrants into American culture sooner rather than waiting until they become citizens. Homeland Security figures show more than 9 million legal immigrants were admitted to the United States between 1993 and 2003, nearly double the number that entered during the 1970s.