Just two days ago, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced a major new initiative to raise awareness about US Citizenship. Dubbed "The Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative," the program will make even more educational, preparational, and training materials available to the general public through its Citizenship Resource Center on its website. According to the press release, the message will be distributed through all types of media from May 30 through September 5, 2011. This is in addition to the naturalization information sessions that USCIS has been hosting nationwide to increase awareness and education about the process of becoming a United States Citizen. As posted earlier on this blog, USCIS has already held a session in Trenton, and another one is coming up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on June 9.
As the press and this New Jersey Immigration Lawyers Blog have alluded to in recent months, U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization has become one of the most increasingly sought after benefits for foreign born residents. Applications for naturalization are surging, and 15th Floor of 970 Broad Street in Newark (and the waiting room at 530 Fellowship Road in the Mount Laurel Office) are beginning to swell again with applicants. The government's recent efforts to educate the public about eligibility requirements, what to expect at interviews, and citizen rights and responsibilities reflect an awareness of the public pulse. Only time will tell if the Congress will recognize the need for a new immigration law and act upon it with the same vigor and drive.