LOS ANGELES (Feb. 19, 2014) — Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA has posted to its website a frequently asked questions (FAQ) resource that answers some general questions about the new form that persons seeking to become naturalized citizens must complete.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the new form (N-400) on Feb. 4, 2014, announcing that beginning May 5, 2014; only the new form will be accepted. Until that date, the current, shortened form can still be used.
In addition to providing basic information, the FAQs demystify some misconceptions that community members may have about the release of the new form.
“When new information is released by USCIS, there are always people out there that take advantage of the immigrant community,” said Nasim Khansari, citizenship network manager at Advancing Justice – LA. “We want to make sure that the community is well informed of what resources are available to avoid notario fraud.”
To access the FAQ on the Advancing Justice – LA website go to: www.advancingjustice-la.org/what-we-do/direct-services/immigration-citizenship/citizenship.
It is available in English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.
Advancing Justice – LA offers weekly clinics held at its offices every Friday with assistance in multiple languages. On March 1, 2014, the organization will be presenting a naturalization clinic cosponsored by Chinese American Elected Officials in El Monte. The El Monte event is a large-scale clinic that will focus on assisting the Chinese communities of San Gabriel Valley, using the shortened form.
For more information on these clinics and the new N-400, individuals should contact its hotline at: 888-349-9695 (English), 800-520-2356 (Chinese), 800-867-3126 (Khmer), 800-867-3640 (Korean), 213-241-8886 (Spanish), 800-914-9583 (Thai), and 800-267-7395 (Vietnamese).