Immigration Information Just Got Easier to Access

Many government actions that required English-language skills used to be a hassle for immigrants to understand. However, through the newly-launched Multilingual Resource Center, information and forms published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website will now be available in 22 languages, and questions from the naturalization test will be available in seven languages. These developments received the attention of various immigrant groups and were reported in Russian and Korean publications. 

Russian Bazaar reported the news of the launched online MRC service, which provides immigrant documents and information in 22 different languages.

“By launching MRC, we provide access to official immigration information that will help our customers to better understand how the U.S. legal system works,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas.

So far only various pamphlets, manuals, posters and guides are available in Russian. For example: a guide for permanent U.S. residents, information for political refugees and crime victims, flyers explaining E-Verify for employers (the system of verifying legal status of employees).

As it stands now, MRC doesn’t seem like a very useful source for Russian-speaking immigrants. Consequentially, most of them have acquired this information through family, friends, ethnic media, lawyers’ consultations and online forums.

In addition, Korea Daily reported the new multilingual system of naturalization tests. Excerpts are translated below.

On August 1st, USCIS announced that 100 questions and answers about history and civics from the naturalization test, revised last month, can be downloaded or printed out through Multilingual Resource Center, which provides language services such as Korean, English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Arabic.

In the interview with people in USCIS, applicants will be asked 10 out of 100 questions, and they need to answer more than six questions correctly to pass the test. After elections and new appointments, the answers to government questions can change, so USCIS updates questions and answers periodically.

Applicants who are over 65 years old and have been permanent residents for at least 20 years only need to study 20 out of 100 questions. In addition, for them, the website offers opportunities to practice in various languages and allows them to take the test in their preferred language.

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