(KTSF by Sean Au)
More than 300 people packed into two rooms at the US Citizenship and Immigration Service office in downtown San Francisco today to attend the first “Jiao Liu” – meaning “engagement” organized by immigration officials. The talk was in Mandarin and Cantonese and today’s session focused on the naturalization procedure. Officials explained issues such as qualifying for naturalization, interview, swearing in ceremony, cost, application submission and duration of residency.
Attendees expressed that they learned more about the naturalization process and were pleased with the ability to have their questions answered by immigration officials. USCIS says based on the success of today’s engagement session, it plans to hold one such talk about once every three months. Those who could not make it to the session today either participated through teleconference or listened in through online streaming.
USCIS chose San Francisco to hold its first Chinese language session for its vast Chinese population. So far, the immigration authority has organized five other similiar sessions in other cities in Spanish. It also plans to hold more such talks serving the Chinese community in the future.
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