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USCIS Will Host Naturalization Ceremonies to Honor Veterans and their Families

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 

USCIS Will Host Naturalization Ceremonies to Honor Veterans and their Families

 

Release Date: November 09, 2015

WASHINGTON—Veterans, service members and military spouses across the country will become U.S. citizens this week as they take the Oath of Allegiance at special Veterans Day naturalization ceremonies. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will highlight the sacrifices that military members and their families have made while serving our country. From Nov. 7-13, USCIS will welcome more than 10,000 new citizens in nearly 130 naturalization ceremonies across the country and around the world. Of those being naturalized, more than 255 are veterans, service members and military spouses.

 

Many current and former military members and their families are eligible for citizenship, including expedited screening and overseas processing, under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Since Oct. 1, 2001, when data collection on military naturalizations began, more than 109,000 service members have become U.S. citizens, including individuals serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, Germany, Japan and elsewhere. In 2015 alone, USCIS hosted nearly 175 naturalization ceremonies at military installations in the U.S. and abroad.

 

“On Veterans Day, we salute the men and women who have so courageously served our country and defended the freedoms that it was built upon. Among our brave veterans are thousands of immigrants, many of whom vowed to defend their new home even before they were citizens,” USCIS Director León Rodríguez said. “It is because of their extraordinary sacrifices, and those of their families, that we can enjoy the rights and liberties of living in this great country.”

 

USCIS has a robust military outreach program that provides information about immigration and naturalization to service members and veterans at military installations, Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, universities and various military organizations. USCIS also has offices on multiple military installations, including Fort Benning, Georgia; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. These offices identify recruits who may be eligible for naturalization.

 

USCIS’ Veterans Day activities this year will feature a naturalization ceremony at the USS Torsk and USS Constellation, located at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland, on Nov. 11. During this event, Dan Renaud, USCIS associate director for the Field Operations Directorate, will administer the Oath of Allegiance, and Sgt. Maj. Mercy A. Diez of the U.S. Army Band will be recognized as an Outstanding American by Choice.

 

 

Other ceremonies include events at:

 

American Heroes Air Show in Orlando, Florida, on Nov. 7.

Cullman Performance Hall of Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina, on Nov. 11.

Joint Base Lewis McChord in Seattle, Washington, on Nov. 13.

In addition, 12 recruits will become new citizens at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, through the Naturalization at Basic Training Initiative. Developed with the Department of Defense, this program allows enlisted service members to complete the naturalization process during basic training.

 

USCIS invites new citizens, and their families and friends, to share their experiences from the ceremonies through Twitter and other social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

 

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

 

 

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USCIS Offers Civics Practice Test in Spanish

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

USCIS Offers Civics Practice Test in Spanish

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

 

Online Test Joins English Version to Expand Resources for Aspiring Citizens

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched an online Spanish-language civics practice test today, joining the English version released earlier this year. The questions are presented in English with Spanish subtitles and focus on basic U.S. government and history topics. The goal is to help Spanish-speaking lawful permanent residents studying for the naturalization test with retaining the information and gaining a firmer grasp of English.

The civics test is normally conducted in English; however, certain applicants may be eligible to take the civics test in the language of their choice due to age and time as a permanent resident, a disability, or other exceptions and accommodations.

The practice tests were developed as part of the Task Force on New Americans initiatives and are available atmy.uscis.gov, along with other resources to help navigate the immigration process. Tools available at myUSCIS include a locator to find English and citizenship classes, as well as options to determine eligibility to apply for naturalization.

USCIS is developing additional customer service features for myUSCIS. You can access myUSCIS on a mobile phone, computer, tablet or any other electronic device.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sending to:

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20 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20529 • 1-800-375-5283

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USCIS Ofrece de Examen sobre Civismo en Español

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

 

Fecha de Publicación: 19 de noviembre de 2015

Examen en línea Complementa la Versión en Inglés a fin de Expandir Recursos para los Aspirantes a Ciudadanía

WASHINGTON—El Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés) publicará hoy un examen de práctica en español sobre civismo, que se sumará a la versión en inglés lanzada más temprano este año. Las preguntas estarán en inglés con subtítulos en español y se centrarán en temas básicos de gobierno e historia estadounidense. La meta es ayudar a los hispanohablantes que son residentes permanentes legales y se encuentran estudiando para el examen de naturalización a retener la información y obtener una comprensión más firme de inglés.

El examen de civismo usualmente se lleva a cabo en inglés. Sin embargo, ciertos solicitantes pueden ser elegibles para tomar dicho examen en el idioma de su preferencia por razones de edad y el tiempo que tenga en calidad de residente permanente, una discapacidad u otras excepciones y ajustes.

El exámen de práctica fue desarrollado como parte de las iniciativas del Grupo de Trabajo sobre Nuevos Estadounidenses y está disponible en my.uscis.gov, junto con otros recursos para ayudarle en el proceso de inmigración. Las herramientas disponibles en myUSCIS incluyen unlocalizador para encontrar clases de inglés y ciudadanía, así como opciones para determinar la elegibilidad para solicitar la naturalización.

USCIS desarrolla otras opciones adicionales de servicio al cliente para myUSCIS. Usted puede acceder myUSCIS desde un teléfono móvil o cualquier otro dispositivo electrónico.

Para más información acerca de USCIS y sus programas, por favor visite www.uscis.gov/es o síganos en Twitter (@uscis) e (@uscis_es), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis.es), y el blog en español de USCIS Compás.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sending to

THE SOFFICIAL LATIN LIFESTYLE

SocietyPageMa[email protected]

20 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20529 • 1-800-375-5283