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We do not wish to be
compelled by some
provision of the Patriot Act
to reveal your status.
Citizenship Information
Workshop
      17 April 2010
      Sockwell Center
      Sponsored by
      Plano Multicultural
      Outreach Roundtable
 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.



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 Citizenship Program

 Welcome
 Citizenship & Immigration Service
 Using Immigration Attorneys
 Federal Bureau of Investigation
 Local Resources
 Conclusion


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 Welcome ‫ مرحبـا‬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 2nd Tuesday of each month.
    – 7:00 pm in the Plano City Hall

                http://www.PlanoMCOR.org
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 MCOR at Work
  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!

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 The Naturalization Process
         Becoming a United States Citizen




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 Naturalization Process
 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
 requirements for members of the military can also
 be accessed
 at www.uscis.gov/military.
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 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




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 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.




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 General Eligibility Requirements
 Time as a Permanent Resident

      In most cases,
      applicants must be a
      Permanent Resident of
      the United States for a
      certain number of years
      prior to filing for
      naturalization.


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 General Eligibility Requirements

   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.

     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.
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 General Eligibility Requirements
   Physical Presence

  “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.

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   General Eligibility Requirements

         Time Living Where the Application is Filed


                         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.

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  General Eligibility Requirements
     Good Moral Character
                    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.



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   General Eligibility Requirements
      Knowledge of English and Civics

 Applicants must demonstrate:

   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.
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             General Eligibility Requirements
                Exemptions from the English Requirement

 At the time of filing the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400...


The applicant           Lived as a
                                       Applicant does              Applicant must take
     is:            permanent resident
                                        not take the:                     the:
                      in the U.S. for:
 Age 50                   20 years          English test          civics test in their
                                                                  language
 Age 55                   15 years          English test          civics test in their
                                                                  language
 Age 65                   20 years          English test          simplified civics test in
                                                                  their language



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  General Eligibility Requirements
   Disability Exceptions
     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.

                             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.

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  General Eligibility Requirements
      Attachment to the U.S. Constitution
    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.




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     Filing an Application
     for Naturalization
                    Form N-400
       Download the application at:
        http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/N-400.pdf
       To order forms by mail, call 1-800-870-
        3676 or visit: http://www.uscis.gov/forms

FOR THE MOST CURRENT FORMS AND FILING FEES, GO TO:
              http://www.uscis.gov/fees
  Study materials and practice tests are available for free at:
                http://www.uscis.gov/newtest

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            Click “Education and Resources” at
            http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/




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                                   The Interview
  Applicants are placed under oath.
  A USCIS Officer reviews Form N-400 and determines if the
   eligibility requirements are met.
  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.

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   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.


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                    Questions?




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Using Immigration Attorneys

 Ann Massey Badmus, Attorney
  – Badmus Immigration Law Firm
  – Dallas, Texas




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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


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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


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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.
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National Name Check Program




              Aaron K Covey
    Special Agent – FBI: Dallas Field Division

                  Unclassified
        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

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        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

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        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
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     Largest Customers
Incoming FY-09 Name Checks



                        USCIS
                        OPM
                        All Other




         Unclassified
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                     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
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     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

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                The Name Check Process


  Batch                  Name
                                             File Review           Dissemination
Processing             Searching




                                   Unclassified

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 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
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                                                               Backlog Factors
                             FY03 Volume of Incoming Name Checks
                                                                                            FY96                2,939,521
                                                                                            FY97                2,850,769
                                                                                            FY98                2,148,993
                                                                                            FY99                2,957,525
                                                                                            FY00                2,449,981
                                                                                            FY01                2,771,241
7,000,000


6,000,000
                                                                                            FY02                3,288,018
5,000,000                                                                                   FY03                6,309,346
4,000,000
                                                                                            FY04                3,884,467
3,000,000


2,000,000
                                                                                            FY05                3,346,435
1,000,000                                                                                   FY06                3,616,505
       0
            FY96   FY97   FY98   FY99   FY00    FY01   FY02   FY03   FY04     FY05   FY06
                                                                                            FY07                4,071,020
                                                                                             Unclassified
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                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



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                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
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                Backlog Factors (cont‟d)
   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
                           Unclassified
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 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.

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QUESTIONS?




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 Local Resources
  Adult Basic Education: Information and
     Referral
       – Eileen Turner, President
       – Collin County Adult Literacy Council
  Citizenship Classes
   – Gloria Granados
   – Baptist Immigration Center



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 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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