Immigrants looking to become naturalized U.S. citizens can now study for the civics portion of the test in Spanish, courtesy of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Aspiring citizens can find study sheets, flash cards and audio tools in Spanish at USCIS.gov to help them prepare for the 100-question civics test, which must be taken in English. “Prepare for your naturalization test – take our interactive Quizzes in Spanish!” a separate October USCIS blog post promoting the material says. (RELATED: Activists Unite To Turn Illegal Immigrants Into Democratic Voters)
Complete interactive tests in Spanish and other languages are on the way.
The Obama administration is in the midst of a massive push to market citizenship to immigrants and refugees ahead of the 2016 election. The White House Task Force on New Americans, created by executive order in 2014, is behind a series of new initiatives aimed at ensuring they have the tools, support and encouragement they need to apply for citizenship.
USCIS launched a Spanish Facebook page and a stand-alone Spanish blog in July. “USCIS is strengthening its commitment to the Spanish-speaking community,” said a statement announcing the launch. (RELATED: USCIS Is Marketing Citizenship To Fight Terror)
The agency also recently partnered with a number of major cities, including New York and Boston, to promote citizenship. USCIS will provide training about the naturalization process to librarians and city officials, so they can help immigrants apply. Boston Public Library branches established “Citizenshp Corners” to ensure easy access to preparation materials.
USCIS told a Senate subcommittee in September its citizenship promotion efforts will help blunt the threat of homegrown terrorism.
Obama launched a multilingual public awareness campaign in September to encourage immigrants and refugees to sign up for citizenship and to build a volunteer support team by partnering with local communities.
“If you’re eligible, commit to becoming a citizen today,” Obama said in a video kicking off the campaign.
New efforts include public service announcements in digital and print media, an additional $10 million of grant money to be awarded to organizations that help immigrants obtain citizenship, and the commitment of 150 AmeriCorps volunteers to help communities build welcoming teams.
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