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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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USCIS Announces Changes to Naturalization Test

Why Change the Test and How Will the Changes Work?

Standardized tests should be updated regularly to maintain fairness, keep test questions accurate, and to combat new ways to cheat that arise. The National Reporting System for Adult Education advises that tests pertaining to adult education be updated on a regular basis, at least every 7 years. The USCIS states that a ten-year revision period provides enough time to gather and review data about the test after it is changed. The information lets them know what is working and what needs changed in order to improve future tests. To make sure that the test is fair, USCIS is working with adult education teachers and other experts outside of the government world.

A civics test working group has also been created by the Office of Citizenship and Application Information Services (CAIS) to further guarantee fairness. They will look at the current test and create the procedures to be followed during each ten-year review to promote fairness and transparency. They will also look at the speech aspect of the test to determine if changes are needed.

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What Other Immigration Related Changes Have Been Proposed?

The Trump Administration has been trying to make changes to immigration laws and policies. A new rule has declared that asylum seekers must apply for asylum before reaching the United States. They must first apply in a country that they pass on their way to the United States. The administration also proposed a citizenship question on the Naturalization Test, but the idea was dropped. Trump is planning on signing an executive order instead that allows him to obtain the citizenship status of the people living in the United States.

What is the Naturalization Civics Test?

The Naturalization Civics Test is the official test to become a citizen of the United States. It helps applicants learn about the United States and their rights. To pass the Naturalization test, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of U.S. civics, government, and values. They must also demonstrate an efficient understanding of the English language, except in certain circumstances.

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What will Remain the Same?

The test will continue to take into consideration factors like age, length of residency in the U.S., opportunities to learn being available, education history, background, and if the applicant has attempted to learn what is required. As of right now, applicants must answer 10 questions from a list of 100 questions. Applicants must get at least 6 questions right to pass the test. The passing rate of the test is 90% and last year alone, 750,000 people were naturalized.

How to Pass the Test

Although the passing rate is high, studying is highly advised as not everyone passes the test. To increase your chances of passing the test, we recommend that you use the Citizen Now app, which is free and available in the google play app store. The app uses questions from the official study guides from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It also includes up to date information about your representatives allowing you to have the most accurate information possible. All the resources provided are from USCIS or other official sources. The app includes flashcards, the ability to mark questions that give you trouble, quizzes, and an audio option to help you learn how to listen to or speak English more fluently. All of your test results are recorded, and you are also provided with general statistics about your practice tests. The app comes in English and Spanish, although tests and audios are only in English to mimic the real naturalization test.

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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.

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A Test For (Future and Current) US Citizenship

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This assessment that decides the future of potential US citizens is only in English, with a few exceptions, and consists of answering ten questions. That’s not a lot, but that’s ten out of a hundred possibilities. Test takers must answer six correctly or they will need to wait another couple months to be able to try again.

Composed of civics questions about basic US history and government, the US Citizenship Test contains information that those born as US citizens learned in elementary school and then quickly forgot. In fact, according to a 1survey done by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Lincoln Park Strategies, an average of only 36 percent of adults were able to pass it. That’s about two out of every three Americans who would be denied US citizenship. What’s even more surprising is that only 19 percent of adults between the ages of 18 to 45 were able to pass.

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Have you ever thought about how you would do? Here are ten questions from the list that could possibly be asked during the US Citizenship Test.

  1. What is the supreme law of the land?
    1. The Supreme Court
    2. The Bill of Rights
    3. The Declaration of Independence
    4. The Constitution
  2. Who was President during World War I?
    1. Theodore Roosevelt
    2. Woodrow Wilson
    3. Dwight D. Eisenhower
    4. Franklin Roosevelt
  3. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
    1. 100
    2. 250
    3. 435
    4. 200
  4. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
    1. The Bill of Rights
    2. The First Chapter
    3. The Civil Rights
    4. The Declaration of Rights
  5. How many U.S. Senators are there?
    1. 200
    2. 50
    3. 100
    4. 250
  6. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
    1. The Founding fathers
    2. Abraham Lincoln
    3. James Monroe
    4. Thomas Jefferson
  7. How many Constitutional amendments are there?
    1. 32
    2. 27
    3. 50
    4. 24
  8. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
    1. Franklin Roosevelt
    2. Dwight Eisenhower
    3. Theodore Roosevelt
    4. Harry S. Truman
  9. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
    1. Korean War
    2. World War II
    3. Cold War
    4. World War I
  10. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
    1. President of the United States
    2. One of the Founding Fathers
    3. One of the writers in the Declaration of Independence
    4. U.S. diplomat

How confident are you that you knew all of the answers, or even just six of the answers. The truth is, many US citizens who have grown up in America couldn’t answer most of these without second-guessing themselves.

These facts are not topics that come up in day to day conversations. We all forget things like this as we live our lives; going to work, taking care of family members, and maintaining our homes. Add to that all the months of waiting for application processes, the uncertainties of the future, and for many, learning a new language that is considered one of the more difficult to master. It’s challenging for future US citizens to hold onto this knowledge, in the same way as so many current citizens have forgotten it.

Are you ready to see how you did on your US Citizenship Test?

1: D  /  2: B  /  3: C  /  4: A  /  5: C  /  6: D  /  7: B  /  8: A  /  9: B /  10: D

1https://woodrow.org/news/national-survey-finds-just-1-in-3-americans-would-pass-citizenship-test/