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1 Please leave no ID! We do not wish to be compelled by some provision of the Patriot Act to reveal your status.

2 Citizenship Information Workshop 17 April 2010 Sockwell Center Sponsored by Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable

3 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center JOINT EVENTS TODAY!  In this room, we will be holding informational seminars on the citizenship application process.  Next door, immigration attorneys will help those who have brought their applications and need help with them.  You may attend either or both.

4 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center Citizenship Program  Welcome  Citizenship & Immigration Service  Using Immigration Attorneys  Federal Bureau of Investigation  Local Resources  Conclusion

5 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center Welcome مرحبـا 欢迎 欢迎 Bienvenido –Chris Parr, MCOR Web Master of Ceremonies  Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable –An advisory group to the Plano City Council dedicated to the advancement of the interests of all cultural groups in the City. –Open to all. –Meeting 2 nd Tuesday of each month. –7:00 pm in the Plano City Hall http://www.PlanoMCOR.org

6 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center MCOR at Work  PLANOINTERNATIONALFESTIVAL  PLANO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL –Haggard Park, Saturday, 2 October 2010  Cultural Community Forums –Partnering with Plano City Council  Table Tennis, Kite, Cricket Tournaments  Citizenship Programs  National Day of Prayer  Your Choice Here!

7 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center The Naturalization Process Becoming a United States Citizen

8 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 8 General Eligibility Requirements  Filing an Application for Naturalization  The Interview  Naturalization Oath Ceremony *For a list of eligibility requirements and to obtain an Application for Naturalization, Form N-400, go to www.uscis.gov/citizenship. Eligibility www.uscis.gov requirements for members of the military can also be accessed at www.uscis.gov/military.www.uscis.gov Naturalization Process

9 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 9 General Eligibility Requirements  18 years old at the time of filing  Time as a Permanent Resident  Continuous residence in the United States  Physical presence in the United States  Time living where the application is filed  Good moral character  Understanding of the English language  Knowledge of U.S. civics  Attachment to the U.S. Constitution

10 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 10 General Eligibility Requirements Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of filing the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400, and must be lawfully admitted as a Permanent Resident of the United States.

11 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 11 General Eligibility Requirements In most cases, applicants must be a Permanent Resident of the United States for a certain number of years prior to filing for naturalization. Time as a Permanent Resident

12 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 12 General Eligibility Requirements  Absences between 6 months and 1 year, may disrupt an applicant’s continuous residence unless the applicant can prove otherwise.  Absences in excess of 1 year or more during the period when continuous residence is required may disrupt an applicant’s continuous residence. Continuous Residence “Continuous residence” means that the applicant has maintained general residence within the United States for a required period of time. Extended absences outside of the U.S. may disrupt an applicant’s continuous residence.

13 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 13 General Eligibility Requirements “Physical presence” is the actual time the applicant has been present in the U.S. It measures the total number of days applicants are in the U.S. during the period physical presence is required.  The “physical presence” requirement changes depending on how the applicant qualifies.  Since “physical presence” is cumulative, trips outside the U.S. count against this requirement. Physical Presence

14 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 14  Applicants must live in the USCIS district or State where they apply for naturalization for at least 3 months before filing.  Students who are 18 and older may apply for naturalization within their school’s jurisdiction or, if they are financially dependent upon their parents, where their parents reside. General Eligibility Requirements Time Living Where the Application is Filed

15 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 15 General Eligibility Requirements  Applicants must demonstrate “good moral character” throughout the statutory period and up to the administration of the Oath of Allegiance.  Commission of certain crimes during the statutory period is an example that demonstrates a lack of good moral character.  The statutory period changes based on how the applicant qualifies for naturalization. Good Moral Character

16 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 16 Applicants must demonstrate: General Eligibility Requirements  An ability to understand, read, write, and speak English  A knowledge of U.S. history and government (also known as “civics”) Note: Certain applicants, because of age and time as a Permanent Resident, or because of a medical condition, have different English and civics requirements. Knowledge of English and Civics

17 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 17 General Eligibility Requirements Exemptions from the English Requirement At the time of filing the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400... The applicant is: Lived as a permanent resident in the U.S. for: Applicant does not take the: Applicant must take the: Age 5020 yearsEnglish testcivics test in their language Age 55 Age 65 15 years 20 years English test civics test in their language simplified civics test in their language

18 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 18 General Eligibility Requirements Disability Exceptions  A doctor must determine if the applicant qualifies for an exception based on a medical condition that prevents the applicant from learning.  A completed Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, should be submitted when filing the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400. Applicants with a medical condition that prevents them from acquiring or demonstrating the required knowledge of English and civics may file for an exception to the educational requirements for naturalization.

19 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 19  Applicants must show a willingness to support and defend the principles of the Constitution and the laws of the United States.  Applicants declare their “attachment” or loyalty to the United States and its Constitution by taking the Oath of Allegiance at an oath ceremony. General Eligibility Requirements Attachment to the U.S. Constitution

20 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 20  Download the application at: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/N-400.pdf http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/N-400  To order forms by mail, call 1-800-870- 3676 or visit: http://www.uscis.gov/formshttp://www.uscis.gov/forms FOR THE MOST CURRENT FORMS AND FILING FEES, GO TO: http://www.uscis.gov/fees http://www.uscis.gov/fees Study materials and practice tests are available for free at: http://www.uscis.gov/newtest http://www.uscis.gov Filing an Application for Naturalization Form N-400

21 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center Click “Education and Resources” at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/

22 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 22 The Interview  The English and civics tests are administered. If applicants fail either/or both portions of the test, they are afforded a second opportunity to be tested. Applicants receive 2 opportunities to pass the test.  If additional information is required to establish eligibility, the case is continued and a written request for additional documentation is issued to the applicant.  Applicants are placed under oath.  A USCIS Officer reviews Form N-400 and determines if the eligibility requirements are met.

23 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 23 Naturalization Oath Ceremony Oath of Allegiance  If the N-400 is approved, applicants will be scheduled for an oath ceremony to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.  After taking the oath, applicants become U.S. citizens.  Certificates of Naturalization are prepared and issued as proof of citizenship at the oath ceremony.

24 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 24 Questions?

25 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center Using Immigration Attorneys  Ann Massey Badmus, Attorney –Badmus Immigration Law Firm –Dallas, Texas

26 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center What An Immigration Attorney Should Do for You  Advise you of the law and your options  Recommend your best course of action  Represent and defend you before the government  Prepare or review all legal documents  Monitor the status of your case

27 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center How to Choose a Qualified Immigration Attorney  Focused on immigration law  Reputation for excellent service (seek referrals)  Experience in immigration cases like yours  Well-established practice  Conducts thorough review of your case

28 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center To Protect Yourself  Do not sign blank application, petition, etc.  Don’t sign anything you don’t understand!  Do not sign false statements.  Always get a receipt for payment.  Don’t use NON-attorneys.  Obtain copies of all submitted documents.  Verify representative’s eligibility.  Report any unlawful activities.

29 National Name Check Program Unclassified Aaron K Covey Special Agent – FBI: Dallas Field Division

30 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 30 National Name Check Program Background  Authorized in Executive Order 10450 issued April 27, 1953 during the Eisenhower Administration.  Addressed personnel security issues and mandated National Agency Checks (NACs) as part of the pre-employment vetting and background investigation process. Unclassified

31 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 31 National Name Check Program Background  Who needs an FBI Name Check: –Federal employment - clearances –White House functions –Admission to Bar –Foreign visitors –Visa/Green Card or Naturalization Unclassified

32 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 32 National Name Check Program Background  Mission: Disseminate information from the FBI’s files in response to requests from our customers.  Customers include: –Federal agencies United States Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) –Congressional committees –Federal Judiciary –foreign police and intelligence agencies –state and local criminal justice agencies Unclassified

33 Largest Customers Incoming FY-09 Name Checks Unclassified 33

34 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 34 Name Check History Volume of Incoming Name Check Requests FY01 2,771,241 FY02 3,288,018 FY03 6,309,346 FY04 3,884,467 FY05 3,346,435 FY06 3,616,505 FY07 4,071,020 FY08 3,566,199 FY09 3,327,999 FY10 est. 3.1 Million Unclassified 34

35 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 35 SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES 9/11 caused a review of background check procedures used by the INS, resulting in the need for a more detailed, in-depth clearance procedure

36 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 36 The Name Check Process Batch Processing Name Searching File ReviewDissemination Unclassified

37 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 37 USCIS – Largest Customer (cont’d)  Majority of names submitted via magnetic tape. –Each tape can contain up to 10,000 names.  Computer processing provides immediate evaluation. –“No Records” are immediately identified and downloaded onto a tape returned to USCIS.  A “No Record” indicates that the FBI’s index of records contains no record of an individual’s name.  Names relevant to FBI investigations are indexed allowing the efficient retrieval of information. Unclassified

38 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 38 Backlog Factors FY03 Volume of Incoming Name Checks FY962,939,521 FY972,850,769 FY982,148,993 FY992,957,525 FY002,449,981 FY012,771,241 FY023,288,018 FY03 6,309,346 FY04 3,884,467 FY053,346,435 FY063,616,505 FY07 4,071,020 Unclassified 38

39 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 39 Backlog Factors (cont’d)  Previously, only “main” hits were checked. –Hits where a name is the subject of the file  Now, “reference” hits are also reviewed –Hits where a name merely appears in a file, but is not the subject of the file

40 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 40 Backlog Factors (cont’d)  Factors that may cause a delay in processing a Name Check are: –(1) The volume of incoming name checks –(2) The number of hits on a name –(3) The processing of common names –(4) The accessibility of the FBI record Unclassified

41 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 41 Backlog Factors (cont’d) Unclassified Between Fiscal Year ’07 and Fiscal Year ‘08, the NNCP eliminated a backlog of approximately 544,000 pending name check requests 98% of all incoming name check requests are completed correctly in 30 days or less, with the remaining 2% in < 90 days

42 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center 42 Checking Status of a Name Check  The National Name Check Program is a service program dedicated to meeting the name check needs of its customers (the submitting Agency).  Because the submitting Agency dictates the order in which name checks are completed, all public inquiries should be directed to the organization that received an individual’s original application.

43 QUESTIONS? Unclassified 43

44 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center Local Resources  Adult Basic Education: Information and Referral –Eileen Turner, President –Collin County Adult Literacy Council  Citizenship Classes –Gloria Granados –Baptist Immigration Center

45 17 April 2010 PlanoMCOR Citizenship; Sockwell Center Conclusion  Please join us in thanking our presenters.  Please pick up brochures and other information from the tables next door.  Please take advantage of bilingual immigration attorneys to ask questions.  Please leave no ID. –Take business cards to contact later. –Join MCOR at www.PlanoMCOR.org


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