One of the general eligibility requirements of becoming a U.S. citizen stipulates that the applicant must be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language and have knowledge of U.S. government and history. However, this eligibility requirement may be a prohibitive obstacle for legal permanent residents (LPRs) who are elderly, low-income, low-literate or illiterate, limited English proficient (LEP), and/or have a disability.
ASIA has created these information sheets in English, Burmese, Chinese, Karen, Korean, and Nepali to provide information regarding options available to vulnerable LPRs pursuing their pathway to U.S. citizenship.
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Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles can answer questions about the new DAPA and DACA programs through their Asian language hotlines, which also offer assistance in the following areas of law: family, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights. Those interested in receiving information as it becomes available email firstname.lastname@example.org.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)has a new Multilingual Resource Center which contains all materials offered in foreign languages. The following resources are excerpted from the USCIS website:
English Portion of New Naturalization Test
Civics Portion of New Naturalization Test
Quick Civics Lessons, click here
Civics (History and Government) 100 Questions and Answers revised on 03/2011:
Civics Flash Cards, click here.
Civics Questions for the 65/20 Exemption:
- 22,000 undocumented immigrants reside with a US citizen child in Ohio. If these immigrants are able to apply for deferred action, it would lead to a $36 million increase in tax revenues, over five years.
- The Administrative Relief Resource Center is a project of the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI), which Advancing Justice is a member of. The site includes a growing number of resources for both practitioners and community members.
- Own the Dream includes extensive DACA resources.
- iAmerica will soon include resources in Asian languages (Korean, Chinese, and Tagalog).
- National Immigration Law Center resources include a one-page overview, and FAQs on DAPA & DACA Expansion, stateside waiver of 3- and 10-year bars, DACA renewal, as well as information for first time DACA applicants.
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Toolkit (English 11/24/2014)
- Deferred Action for Parental Accountability Toolkit (Coming Soon)
- How Obama’s Executive Action Will Impact Immigrants, By Birth Country (Pew Research)
- Immigrants in Western States Most Likely to Benefit From Executive Action (Pew Research)
- AILA’s Take on President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action Plan
- Executive Action on Immigration Preliminary Analysis (Advancing Justice | AAJC) NEW RESOURCE
- Public Service Announcement Warning Against Immigration Scams
- Includes a Chinese language announcement warning against notario fraud.
- Top 10 Ways You Can Prepare for Executive Action on Immigration (NILC)
- Summary of Administrative Relief (Administrative Relief Resource Center)
- Enforcement Changes in President’s Executive Action on Immigration (Advancing Justice | AAJC)
On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service here. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been accepting “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) applications since August 15, 2012. DACA-eligible individuals are also known as ‘DREAMers’.
Guides: How Do I Request Consideration for DACA?
LGBT Dreamers Fund
Financial assistance available for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer DREAMers
The MAVNI program which allows certain legal, non-citizen to enlist in the Army and apply for expedited citizenship without obtaining a green card. Eligible individuals may participate in MAVNI through one of two tracks: 1) Language Recruits; and 2) Healthcare Professionals.