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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 the information sheets below to provide information regarding options available to vulnerable LPRs pursuing their pathway to U.S. citizenship:
U.S. Citizenship Information
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
To learn how to apply for U.S. citizenship, click here.
To download the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, click here.
Study materials for the English Test, click here. (Helpful videos, publications and practice tests are available)
A Guide to Naturalization, click here.
To download the Instructions for N-400, click here.
Naturalization Practice Test for Civil Portion for Ohio residents (97 multiple choice questions), click here.
Bilingual Citizenship Preparation
Funded by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), ASIA, Inc. offers bilingual and English citizenship classes throughout Northeast Ohio. Eligible Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) are encouraged to apply for the class.
As a participant, ASIA, Inc. can additionally provide legal assistance with the naturalization process. The six-week course prepares students to take the oral and written ctizenship test and classes are available at various locations throughout Northeast Ohio. As a student, you will learn about American history, how the U.S. government operates, and practice the 100 civics question for the naturalization test. The program
For more information, please contact Bhim Sharma at 216-881-0330 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*The project works in partnership with Cleveland Catholic Charities’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services, Community Legal Aid and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
Asian Language Hotlines
DAPA & DACA Asian-Language Hotlines
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 email@example.com.
- Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese): 800-520-2356
- Khmer: 800-867-3126
- Korean: 800-867-3640
- Thai: 800-914-9583
- Vietnamese: 800-267-7395
- English/Other: 888-349-9695
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
DACA Guides & Background Materials
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’.
DACA FAQ (Immigration Equality)
What is DACA, who is eligible, what eligible youth can do next
USCIS Guides: How Do I Request Consideration for DACA?
Avoiding Scams Against Immigrants
Use these Federal Trade Commission (FTC) resources to spot and avoid scams against immigrants, and find the right kind of help.
Resources available in English, Español, 中文, 한국어, and kreyòl ayisyen:
Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest
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.
MAVNI Fact Sheet for Language Recruits
Data on New Americans
Task Force on New Americans Campaign Release
White House released translated fact sheets about the report from the Task Force on New Americans in the following languages: English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog