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Obama launches new campaign for permanent residents on Citizenship Day

Today is Citizenship and Constitution Day and to celebrate it, President Barack Obama launched “Stand Stronger”, an awareness campaign to promote citizenship…

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Today is Citizenship and Constitution Day and to celebrate it, President Barack Obama launched “Stand Stronger,” an awareness campaign to promote citizenship among those who are eligible.

To launch this effort, Obama released a video message to encourage eligible lawful permanent residents to commit to citizenship today.

The president also launched a website where visitors can find information about the benefits of becoming a citizen, download the naturalization application form, an interactive civics practice test, and a citizenship and English class locator.

According to the most recent estimates, there are approximately 13.3 million lawful permanent resident in the United States, and 8.8 million of them are eligible to apply for citizenship — nearly one out of every three obtained their residency in 1990 or earlier.

The campaign follows a series of recommendations made in April by a White House Task Force on New Americans, which was created by Obama last November when he announced a series of executive actions on immigration.  

Additionally, USCIS will now begin to allow credit card payments for naturalization fees. The agency is also expanding materials about the naturalization process in other languages — currently provided in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese, to include Korean and Tagalog.

 

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