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USCIS Engages Chinese-Speaking Immigrants with “Jiao Liú”

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Chinese-Language Public Engagement

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Every year, over 650,000 immigrants take the momentous step of becoming U.S. citizens. In doing so, they pledge their allegiance to the United States because they believe in its core values of freedom and opportunity and in the democratic principles upon which our Nation was founded.  For many of these new citizens, one of the most significant challenges they have had to overcome to build a new life in America and to pass the naturalization test was to learn English.  My parents came to the United States as immigrants, so I know from personal experience how important it is to support new immigrants as they strive to learn a new language and integrate into American society.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to attend the first national Chinese-language public engagement at the San Francisco Field Office on Thursday, February. 16, 2012  at 10:30AM – 12:00PM (Pacific Standard Time),  hosted by the Office of Public Engagement.  This engagement is the first in a series called “Jiao Liu” — meaning “engagement” in Chinese. It will be modeled after the agency’s successful quarterly Spanish-language “Enlaces,” and expand our ongoing efforts to engage directly with our customers to provide information and answer questions about our benefits and services.

Each “Jiao Liu” will focus on a specific immigration or citizenship topic and include a Q&A session with USCIS officials. The theme of our Feb. 16 session will be “The Naturalization Process: Becoming a United States Citizen.” Individuals may participate in person, or via teleconference or live Web stream. USCIS officials and subject matter experts fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese will facilitate the event. USCIS will not offer legal advice of any kind during these engagements.

View our informational videos in Chinese and English for more details.

Ways to participate on February 16:

  • In-person: USCIS San Francisco Field Office, 444 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
    • NOTE: If attending in-person at our San Francisco Field Office, we recommend that you arrive 20-30 minutes before the session begins for check-in and seating purposes.
  • Via Teleconference: 1-800-475-8388; Passcode: Jiao liu; Teleconference Instructions (English) 
  • Via Live Web Stream on Feb 16

For more information on this event, please email us at public.engagement@dhs.gov and write “Jiao liu” in the subject line. To learn more about USCIS’s citizenship resources, please visit www.uscis.gov/citizenship.

We look forward to engaging with you!

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