USCIS’ “Citizenship Public Awareness Initiative” seeks to demystify the immigration process for legal permanent residents

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USCIS’ “Citizenship Public Awareness Initiative”
USCIS’ “Citizenship Public Awareness Initiative”

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative, a media campaign that builds on the previous efforts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to demystify the naturalization process. The program provides those seeking citizenship with information on the naturalization process, and promotes the importance of U.S. citizenship rights, responsibilities, and educational resources for legal permanent residents (LPRs).

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics, roughly 8.8 million lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for citizenship, with an average span of seven years spent as an LPR in the United States.  Green card holders who meet all eligibility requirements may apply for citizenship after five years, or three years if they are married to a U.S. citizen.

The media campaign announced today includes print advertisements in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish. This first phase will be supported by online digital advertisements running through the end of August. At the beginning of September, a second phase of the initiative will begin.

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