July 14, 2011 § 1 Comment
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offer applicants with disabilities the same access to its programs, activities and facilities as it does for other normal applicants. The USCIS provides different accommodations and it depends on the individual’s disability.
Through various measures, the USICS allows applicants with disabilities to successfully participate in the immigration process. If you are not able to use your hands, USCIS will allow you to take the test orally rather than in writing. They also will provide a sign language interpreter for an appointment or a USCIS-sponsored event if you are hearing-impaired. Apart from these, USCIS makes things easier and will you at your home or a hospital if you are not able to travel to a designated location for an interview.
If you need an accommodation due to a disability OR if the disability prevents you from going to the USCIS office as scheduled, just call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD: 1-800-767-1833). But if you are a naturalization applicant who wants an exception from the English and/or civics testing requirements, do not call the NCSC. If you are claiming such exception, file Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions. This form is strictly for applicants filing for American citizenship who want to get an exception to the English and civics test because of physical or developmental disability or mental impairment.
You can request an accommodation for any interaction with USCIS that includes an ASC appointment, Info Pass appointment, interview appointment or naturalization ceremony. You can also request an accommodation to attend a USCIS public event such as town hall meeting. To do this, just call the NCSC at any time. If you are seeking an accommodation for an appointment related to your application/petition, call after you receive your appointment notice.
You have the option to mention in the application that you need an accommodation. Even then you are required to call the NCSC. You will have to call the NCSC to request an accommodation for each and every obligation, which means that if you need an accommodation for your biometrics appointment you should call the NCSC and then call again if you need an accommodation for your interview.
July 1, 2011 § 2 Comments
Being conferred American citizenship is a tremendous honor and no easy accomplishment. There are major reasons as to why certain immigrants want to get the highest immigration status in the US. But there are other who, though eligible are satisfied just being a permanent resident.
Why American citizenship ?
The desire to get benefits, for oneself or one’s family, is a major reason immigrants give for taking the initiative towards naturalization. The desire to go for economic opportunities, to advance one’s position and to live in the greater comfort of the American way of life is another major motive behind going for naturalization.
The third reason why immigrants go for citizenship is to fight discrimination and ensure equal treatment. Only very few say they want to become citizens to qualify to vote. Voting and civic engagement may receive high priority as civic values, but they do not endorse high on the open-ended list of reasons for becoming a citizen.
The urge to unite with family or to help other family members who want to come to the United States.
What stops immigrants from going for citizenship
Some immigrants are not yet eligible. Some don’t have time. The cost involved while filing the application for citizenship is another major factor. Some do not meet the standard English requirements. And many do not know how to go about the process.
While filing the US citizenship application, one needs to pass an English and Civics test. It is language skill and not educational level, that is the barrier. Rates of naturalization are strongly related to one’s English language ability. The test is disproportionately a test of English ability. To have knowledge of US civics and government, one need not have a high school or college education. This knowledge ca n easily gained by persons of almost all educational levels.
Not having formal education is not the barrier to passing the citizenship test. The Cost (submission fee) is another factor that is a barrier in the naturalization process. Another significant reason for not pursuing naturalization is that many do not intend to remain in the United States forever. Ease of reverse migration and proximity to one’s home country allows immigrants to maintain their distinct culture and language to a greater extent.