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please leave no id

Please leave no ID!

We do not wish to be compelled by some provision of the Patriot Act to reveal your status.

citizenship information workshop

Citizenship Information Workshop

17 April 2010

Sockwell Center

Sponsored by

Plano Multicultural

Outreach Roundtable

joint events today
JOINT EVENTS TODAY!
  • In this room, we will be holding informational seminars on the citizenship application process.
  • Next door, immigration attorneys will help those who have brought their applications and need help with them.
  • You may attend either or both.

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citizenship program
Citizenship Program
  • Welcome
  • Citizenship & Immigration Service
  • Using Immigration Attorneys
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Local Resources
  • Conclusion

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welcome bienvenido
Welcome مرحبـا欢迎 Bienvenido
    • Chris Parr, MCOR Web Master of Ceremonies
  • Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable
    • An advisory group to the Plano City Council dedicated to the advancement of the interests of all cultural groups in the City.
    • Open to all.
    • Meeting 2nd Tuesday of each month.
    • 7:00 pm in the Plano City Hall

http://www.PlanoMCOR.org

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mcor at work
MCOR at Work
  • PLANOINTERNATIONALFESTIVAL
    • Haggard Park, Saturday, 2 October 2010
  • Cultural Community Forums
    • Partnering with Plano City Council
  • Table Tennis, Kite, Cricket Tournaments
  • Citizenship Programs
  • National Day of Prayer
  • Your Choice Here!

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The Naturalization Process

Becoming a United States Citizen

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naturalization process
Naturalization Process

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Filing an Application for Naturalization
  • The Interview
  • Naturalization Oath Ceremony

*For a list of eligibility requirements and to obtain an Application

for Naturalization, Form N-400, go to www.uscis.gov/citizenship. Eligibility

requirements for members of the military can also be accessed

at www.uscis.gov/military.

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general eligibility requirements
General Eligibility Requirements
  • 18 years old at the time of filing
  • Time as a Permanent Resident
  • Continuous residence in the United States
  • Physical presence in the United States
  • Time living where the application is filed
  • Good moral character
  • Understanding of the English language
  • Knowledge of U.S. civics
  • Attachment to the U.S. Constitution

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General Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of filing the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400, and must be lawfully admitted as a Permanent Resident of the United States.

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General Eligibility Requirements

In most cases, applicants must be a Permanent Resident of the United States for a certain number of years prior to filing for naturalization.

Time as a Permanent Resident

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General Eligibility Requirements

Continuous Residence

“Continuous residence” means that the applicant has maintained general residence within the United States for a required period of time. Extended absences outside of the U.S. may disrupt an applicant’s continuous residence.

  • Absences between 6 months and 1 year, may disrupt an applicant’s continuous residence unless the applicant can prove otherwise.
  • Absences in excess of 1 year or more during the period when continuous residence is required may disrupt an applicant’s continuous residence.

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General Eligibility Requirements

Physical Presence

“Physical presence” is the actual time the applicant has been present in the U.S. It measures the total number of days applicants are in the U.S. during the period physical presence is required.

  • The “physical presence” requirement changes dependingon how the applicant qualifies.
  • Since “physical presence” is cumulative, trips outside the U.S. count against this requirement.

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General Eligibility Requirements

Time Living Where the Application is Filed

  • Applicants must live in the USCIS district or State where they apply for naturalization for at least 3 months before filing.
  • Students who are 18 and older may apply for naturalization within their school’s jurisdiction or, if they are financially dependent upon their parents, where their parents reside.

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General Eligibility Requirements

Good Moral Character

  • Applicants must demonstrate “good moral character” throughout the statutory period and up to the administration of the Oath of Allegiance.
  • Commission of certain crimes during the statutory period is an example that demonstrates a lack of good moral character.
  • The statutory period changes based on how the applicant qualifies for naturalization.

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General Eligibility Requirements

Knowledge of English and Civics

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • An ability to understand, read, write, and speak English
  • A knowledge of U.S. history and government (also known as “civics”)

Note: Certain applicants, because of age and time as a Permanent Resident, or because of a medical condition, have different English and civics requirements.

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General Eligibility Requirements

Exemptions from the English Requirement

At the time of filing the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400...

Lived as a permanent resident in the U.S. for:

The applicant is:

Applicant does not take the:

Applicant must take the:

Age 50

20 years

English test

civics test in their language

Age 55

15 years

English test

civics test in their language

Age 65

20 years

English test

simplified civics test in their language

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General Eligibility Requirements

Disability Exceptions

Applicants with a medical condition that prevents them from acquiring or demonstrating the required knowledge of English and civics may file for an exception to the educational requirements for naturalization.

  • A doctor must determine if the applicant qualifies for an exception based on a medical condition that prevents the applicant from learning.
  • A completed Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, should be submitted when filing the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400.

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General Eligibility Requirements

Attachment to the U.S. Constitution

  • Applicants must show a willingness to support and defend the principles of the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
  • Applicants declare their “attachment” or loyalty to the United States and its Constitution by taking the Oath of Allegiance at an oath ceremony.

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filing an application for naturalization
Filing an Application for Naturalization

Form N-400

  • Download the application at:http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/N-400.pdf
  • To order forms by mail, call 1-800-870-3676 or visit: http://www.uscis.gov/forms

FOR THE MOST CURRENT FORMS AND FILING FEES, GO TO: http://www.uscis.gov/fees

Study materials and practice tests are available for free at: http://www.uscis.gov/newtest

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Click “Education and Resources” at

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/

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the interview
The Interview
  • Applicants are placed under oath.
  • A USCIS Officer reviews Form N-400 and determines if the eligibility requirements are met.
  • The English and civics tests are administered. If applicants fail either/or both portions of the test, they are afforded a second opportunity to be tested. Applicants receive 2 opportunities to pass the test.
  • If additional information is required to establish eligibility, the case is continued and a written request for additional documentation is issued to the applicant.

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naturalization oath ceremony
Naturalization Oath Ceremony

Oath of Allegiance

  • If the N-400 is approved, applicants will be scheduled for an oath ceremony to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
  • After taking the oath, applicants become U.S. citizens.
  • Certificates of Naturalization are prepared and issued as proof of citizenship at the oath ceremony.

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Questions?

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using immigration attorneys
Using Immigration Attorneys

Ann Massey Badmus, Attorney

Badmus Immigration Law Firm

Dallas, Texas

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what an immigration attorney should do for you
What An Immigration Attorney Should Do for You

Advise you of the law and your options

Recommend your best course of action

Represent and defend you before the government

Prepare or review all legal documents

Monitor the status of your case

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how to choose a qualified immigration attorney
How to Choose a Qualified Immigration Attorney

Focused on immigration law

Reputation for excellent service (seek referrals)

Experience in immigration cases like yours

Well-established practice

Conducts thorough review of your case

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to protect yourself
To Protect Yourself

Do not sign blank application, petition, etc.

Don’t sign anything you don’t understand!

Do not sign false statements.

Always get a receipt for payment.

Don’t use NON-attorneys.

Obtain copies of all submitted documents.

Verify representative’s eligibility.

Report any unlawful activities.

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national name check program
National Name Check Program

Aaron K Covey

Special Agent – FBI: Dallas Field Division

Unclassified

national name check program background
National Name Check Program Background

Authorized in Executive Order 10450 issued April 27, 1953 during the Eisenhower Administration.

Addressed personnel security issuesand mandated National Agency Checks (NACs) as part of the pre-employment vettingand background investigation process.

Unclassified

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National Name Check Program Background

Who needs an FBI Name Check:

Federal employment - clearances

White House functions

Admission to Bar

Foreign visitors

Visa/Green Card or Naturalization

Unclassified

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National Name Check Program Background

Mission: Disseminate information from the FBI’s files in response to requests from our customers.

Customers include:

Federal agencies

United States Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS)

Congressional committees

Federal Judiciary

foreign police and intelligence agencies

state and local criminal justice agencies

Unclassified

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name check history volume of incoming name check requests
Name Check HistoryVolume of Incoming Name Check Requests

FY01 2,771,241

FY02 3,288,018

FY03 6,309,346

FY04 3,884,467

FY05 3,346,435

FY06 3,616,505

FY07 4,071,020

FY08 3,566,199

FY09 3,327,999

FY10 est. 3.1 Million

Unclassified

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2001ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES

9/11 caused a review of background check procedures used by the INS, resulting in

the need for a more detailed, in-depth clearance procedure

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the name check process
The Name Check Process

Batch Processing

Name Searching

File Review

Dissemination

Unclassified

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uscis largest customer cont d
USCIS – Largest Customer (cont’d)

Majority of names submitted via magnetic tape.

Each tape can contain up to 10,000 names.

Computer processing provides immediate evaluation.

“No Records” are immediately identified and downloaded onto a tape returned to USCIS.

A “No Record” indicates that the FBI’s index of records contains no record of an individual’s name.

Names relevant to FBI investigations are indexed allowing the efficient retrieval of information.

Unclassified

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backlog factors fy03 volume of incoming name checks
Backlog FactorsFY03 Volume of Incoming Name Checks

FY96 2,939,521

FY97 2,850,769

FY98 2,148,993

FY99 2,957,525

FY00 2,449,981

FY01 2,771,241

FY02 3,288,018

FY03 6,309,346

FY04 3,884,467

FY05 3,346,435

FY06 3,616,505

FY07 4,071,020

Unclassified

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backlog factors cont d
Backlog Factors (cont’d)

Previously, only “main” hits were checked.

Hits where a name is the subject of the file

Now, “reference” hits are also reviewed

Hits where a name merely appears in a file, but is not the subject of the file

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Backlog Factors (cont’d)

Factors that may cause a delay in processing a Name Check are: 

(1) The volume of incoming name checks

(2) The number of hits on a name

(3) The processing of common names

(4) The accessibility of the FBI record

Unclassified

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Backlog Factors (cont’d)

Unclassified

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Between Fiscal Year ’07 and Fiscal Year ‘08, the NNCP eliminated a backlog of approximately 544,000 pending name check requests

98% of all incoming name check requests are completed correctly in 30 days or less, with the remaining 2% in < 90 days

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checking status of a name check
Checking Status of a Name Check

The National Name Check Program is a service program dedicated to meeting the name check needs of its customers (the submitting Agency).

Because the submitting Agency dictates the order in which name checks are completed, all public inquiries should be directed to the organization that received an individual’s original application.

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questions
QUESTIONS?

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Unclassified

local resources
Local Resources
  • Adult Basic Education: Information and Referral
    • Eileen Turner, President
    • Collin County Adult Literacy Council
  • Citizenship Classes
    • Gloria Granados
    • Baptist Immigration Center

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conclusion
Conclusion
  • Please join us in thanking our presenters.
  • Please pick up brochures and other information from the tables next door.
  • Please take advantage of bilingual immigration attorneys to ask questions.
  • Please leave no ID.
    • Take business cards to contact later.
    • Join MCOR at www.PlanoMCOR.org

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