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Citizenship Public Awareness Initiative launched by USCIS

Under President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration and the Task Force on New Americans, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, has released promotional materials as part of the Citizenship and Public Education Awareness campaign.

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This promotional campaign gives advice and guidance to lawful permanent residents on the importance of U.S. citizenship, information on the naturalization process and raises awareness on their rights and responsibilities.

In a recent survey carried out by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics, an estimated 8.8 million permanent residents would be eligible to apply for citizenship. At present it takes approximately 7 years for a lawful permanent resident to become a U.S. citizen. Eligible Green card holders who comply with all the requirements may apply for citizenship after 5 years and 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen.

The media campaign aims to prevent lawful permanent residents from unlawful or fraudulent practices of immigration law and provide them with correct information on the naturalization process. USCIS will print information in English Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese and radio and video public service announcements in English and Spanish.

These announcements can be downloaded free of charge from the video PSA’s website

Always consult with an experienced immigration attorney who is a law graduate and certified in the United States of America by the Board of Immigration Appeals Federal Department of Justice.

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