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USCIS Dedicated to Promoting Citizenship and Providing Resources

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On Dec. 15, I had the privilege of participating in the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Los Angeles, California. This was a dynamic convening of attendees committed to ensuring the successful integration of immigrants. I spoke to an audience of more than hundreds from across the country about the recently announced executive actions on immigration, our ongoing efforts to promote citizenship and civic integration, and how we will work with stakeholders to support these initiatives.
 
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USCIS Director León Rodríguez with representatives Cities for Citizenship at the National Immigrant Integration Conference
 Citizenship is a critical component of immigrant integration. Through policies and programs that promote citizenship, we encourage eligible individuals to consider the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship.
 
To support immigrants and service providers, USCIS has a number of online resources to assist in the immigration and naturalization process: 
 
  • You can find up-to-date information, and sign up for updates on President Obama’s Nov. 20 announcement on our Executive Action Web page.
  • Applicants can visit the Citizenship Resource Center to get information about the naturalization process, including applying for citizenship and studying for the test. Information is also available in Spanish.  
  • Teachers have access to a variety of educational materials, training and professional development.
  • Organizations can visit the website to learn about funding opportunities, technical assistance and government resources.
We encourage everyone to learn about the unauthorized practice of immigration law on our Avoid Scams page because “The Wrong Help Can Hurt.”
 
We are also working to provide new services to our customers. We will begin to accept credit cards as an option to pay the naturalization application fee and will expand the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative. This is a comprehensive, multilingual media campaign that will target major media markets in California, New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington and Arizona. These 10 states are home to 75 percent of all the lawful permanent residents in the country.
 
With the many upcoming changes to immigration, I want to assure you that we are building capacity and increasing staffing to sufficiently address this new workload. We will keep the public and all of our stakeholders informed as we implement these new programs over the coming months.


León Rodríguez
USCIS Director