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29 February 2012

White House Blog Post: Strengthening Immigrant Pathways for Job-Creating Entrepreneurs

USCIS launched the Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative last week, and The White House Blog has an excellent post on the program and its purpose.

10 February 2012

USCIS Public Outreach in Chinese: "Jiao Liú"

Posted by Pearl Chang, Deputy Chief, USCIS Office of Policy & Strategy

As a naturalized citizen and an employee of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), I am proud to support USCIS's expansion of its multilingual outreach to the Chinese-speaking public through a series of engagements called "Jiao Liú," which means "engagement" in Chinese.  The theme of the inaugural Jiao Liú is "The Naturalization Process: Becoming a United States Citizen."

USCIS will host its first Jiao Liú on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 10:30 a.m. (PST) from the USCIS San Francisco District Office. The public will be able to participate either in person or via live Web stream or a toll-free telephone number. USCIS representatives will deliver a presentation in Mandarin on “How to Become a U.S. Citizen” and will answer general questions submitted from audience members from around the country in Mandarin and Cantonese.

View the informational video in Mandarin.

Becoming a United States citizen made it possible for me to have a lifelong and fulfilling career in public service, working in the government of my adopted country. I was born in China and grew up in Taiwan, and I came to the United States to study.  I quickly realized that America could provide wonderful opportunities and responsibilities for me, so I chose to stay and go through the naturalization process.

I began my career in immigration at the Department of State, managing the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and working as a radio news journalist and broadcaster for Voice of America. I later transitioned to the then Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to manage the F-1 Student Visa Program. Eventually the agency transitioned to become USCIS under the Department of Homeland Security.  Today at USCIS, I am responsible for policy and strategic recommendations to the Director of USCIS on all immigration matters. 
Engagements like the Jiao Liú in Chinese, Enlace in Spanish, and many other outreach events provide individuals with early access to information about immigration benefits and help put people on the path to United States citizenship.

Update: Check out this post on Jiao Liú on the White House blog.


09 February 2012

The Wait is Over – E-Verify Self Check Is Now Available Nationwide

If you’re hunting for a job, you’ll want to use every tool you can to ensure that you’re ready. Since we first launched Self Check less than a year ago, one of the most frequent questions we’ve heard is, "When can I use Self Check in my state?"

The wait is now over. Self Check is now available nationwide in both English and Spanish.

Starting today, job hunters in every state across the country, as well as Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, will be able to use Self Check to confirm their employment eligibility status.

More and more employers use E-Verify to confirm their new hires’ work eligibility. You can use Self Check to confirm your work eligibility, see if there are any discrepancies in your records, and learn how to fix them before searching for a job. For more information, please visit the Self Check website at