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Corona Virus Immigration update

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On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has temporarily suspended routine in-person services through at least June 4 to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue to perform mission critical duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment contact the USCIS Contact Center.

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  1. Asylum Appointments (according to USCIS asylum offices) https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-coronavirus-2019-covid-19
    • Asylum offices will be sending out cancellation notices and will automatically reschedule asylum interviews. Applicants will receive new appointment time and location information. You can contact asylum offices by mail, phone, or email. Asylum office locator https://egov.uscis.gov/office-locator/#/asy
  2. Employment Extensions
    • If you had an appointment scheduled after March 18, 2020 or filled form 765, the extension will be processed using existing biometrics. This process will be updated periodically.
  3. Naturalization Oath Ceremonies
    • All naturalization oath ceremonies are suspended from March 18, 2020 till at least June 4, 2020.
    • USCIS will reschedule your oath ceremony automatically. If you do not receive a notice within 90 days, call a USCIS contact center for status updates
  4. Green Card Holders
    • At this moment we do not have exact information for green card holders. Please, come back for updates. Considering the amount of restrictions on movement and travel, more than likely you won’t be able to travel unless it is an emergency. Please, call the USCIS 1-(800) 375-5283 or visit their site for more information https://www.uscis.gov/
  5. Visa Holders
    • At this moment we do not have exact information for visa holders. Please, come back for updates. Considering the amount of restrictions on movement and travel, more than likely you won’t be able to travel unless it is an emergency. Please, call the US state department 1-(202) 647-6575 or visit their site for more information https://www.state.gov/
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If you are an able-bodied non-citizen and are looking for an opportunity to help the United States and are healthy and free from disease (Covid-19) or other health issues, please call the local and state government to see how you can help. We need all the help we can get. We feel that this might help you through the process of becoming a United States Citizen. This may be your time to shine. In the meantime, look for ways to make money and survive these troubled times. Stock up on food, water, medicine, and essential supplies. Please, be considerate towards other and do not buy more supplies than what you need. Also, try to get in touch with friends and family abroad to see how they are doing and to let them know your current situation. You can use email services, phones, tablets, and other apps and devices to reach your loved ones. Stay safe and 6 feet away from people.

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How to assimilate for new US citizens

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Realize you are not alone on this journey, as more and more people embark and continue to move forward. For the youth on this journey, be strong. There will be moments when people pick on you or give you a hard time for not speaking the language or being different. Some genuinely view you as a threat and just something beneath them but don’t let this get to you. Most immigrants went through this initiation process. We do not condone or agree with any bullying or abuse. Use all the resources around, if you don’t know the language and the culture, get working. There are many programs in the app stores, YouTube, and the internet that are free and they help you learn the language. Watch American music, sports, shows, and news to learn more about American culture. Try turning on the subtitles while you watch programs. Be careful with what you see on the news and on the web. There is a lot of propaganda and people use immigrants as shields to satisfy their political needs and to advance careers. 

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For the youth continued, study hard and try out sports, arts, sciences, math, etc. You never know what you like if you don’t try it. Always put yourself in a position to succeed. Form a group of people in a similar situation as yours to help get through the hardships. Parents don’t be so hard on your children. They are living in a very stimulating time, have patience. Also, Get involved in community activities. Hard work and volunteering go a long way in the eyes of most Americans.

A good citizen is one that adds value to a country whether native or not.

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For the older crowd, not old crowd, you can apply all of what you read in the youth section. Learn the language, it does not matter how old or young you are. Start working on your career and financial outlook. Money helps you advance in society and gives you comfort. Do any job you can find and get good at it. Always thinking about if and what your doing is helping you reach your goals. 

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Also, A lot of cultural assimilation occurs during your leisure time. What are you doing with your time off? Are you going to local events such as sports, theater, music, parades, etc. These will help you become a part of the American culture. Learn the language, it does not matter how old or young you are. Again, do not give people another reason to criticize you and have a better way of defending yourself with words.
Tips to help you assimilate.

  1. Learn English
  2. Eat the food
  3. Voice your opinion
  4. Watch American movies and shows
  5. Go to local events
  6. Visit museums that display American history
  7. Read the constitution
  8. Understand your neighbors
  9. Listen to the music
  10. Share your culture with others
  11. Embrace the change
  12. Know that many are facing similar or worse challenges
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What do I do after becoming a US Citizen?

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If you want to be a police officer, try becoming a public service aid or get a job at a police station. If you want to be an attorney, welder, truck driver, carpenter, or whatever inspires you, look for jobs and apprenticeships in those fields.

Learn the language please! Its not easy but it is a must. Don’t let the language barrier keep you from getting that job or going to that school or having that relationship with friends and that special someone. Also, don’t give the locals another reason to criticize and hinder your journey.

Go to school if you must. Look for government funded programs, grants, scholarships, jobs that pay for your studies, and other resources to make the journey easier and more predictable. Start saving for the things you want and pay your taxes in timely manner. Don’t get in to trouble and assimilate into the American way of life. Doesn’t mean you cannot express all the beautiful things from your culture. Things like food, music, art, religions, ways of doing things, comedy, and your individual style, welcome home.

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Not happy where you live? Opportunities are not abundant? Move out to another city or state. You have been given a pass to work and live in any state. Live in a over populated area? Try a place with less people. You will more than likely find cheaper housing and better paying jobs when compared to the cost of living in that particular area. Another perk of moving to a less populated area is less traffic and less tension.

If you have children, do your best to have them become US citizens. If you don’t have kids, set your self up so when the time comes you can enjoy them. If you plan it right, through education, saving, getting a better job, securing a home, and the other great things you do, they will live a good life. Leaving a legacy and more.

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These are just a few tips to help you assimilate.

  1. Listen to the music
  2. Eat the food
  3. Voice your opinion
  4. Watch American movies and shows
  5. Get into Sports like the NBA, MLB, NFL, Etc.
  6. Get a driver’s license
  7. Explore Americas history
  8. Visit national Monuments
  9. Embrace the different culture from every state and territory
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If you would like to learn more about assimilation, proceed to this article.