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17 September 2014

USCIS Holds First Korean-Language Engagement

USCIS hosted its first Korean-language public engagement Aug. 27 as part of ongoing efforts to reach underserved groups in their native language. The event was modeled after the Spanish-language series Enlace Público: “A Conversation with USCIS.”

Juliet K. Choi, USCIS Chief of Staff, herself the daughter of immigrants from South Korea, introduced the session at the USCIS Queens Field Office in New York City. Customers and stakeholders participated in person and by telephone.

“USCIS understands the importance that DACA has to the Korean community.  We are committed to ensuring that those who are eligible to request DACA, either for the first time or as a renewal, have the information they need.  Today’s engagement is meant to help ensure that limited English proficient communities have access to this important information, in their own language.” Choi said.

USCIS Immigration Services Officer Mera Maher hosted the event along with her colleagues Jennifer Kim, Ethan Kang and Tony Chang.

USCIS Holds First Korean-Language Engagement

During the session, USCIS representatives discussed the process for requesting initial, or renewal of, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).  In addition, they answered questions submitted by email and Twitter as well as from participants live in Queens. 

Maher explained what to expect after filing a request for consideration of either initial or renewal of DACA:

“Your request will be checked for completeness and you will be sent a receipt notice. Then, we will send you a notice for a fingerprint appointment. Make sure you do not miss this appointment or your request could be delayed or denied. We then may ask you for more information or request that you to come to your local USCIS office. After this step, you will receive a written decision.”

Maher also discussed how to avoid immigration scams and unauthorized practitioners of immigration law.

“You must remember that the wrong help can hurt you. Make sure you only get help from an official government resource, an attorney, or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative,” Maher said.

To find an attorney or accredited representative, visit For official information about DACA, go to

Multilingual engagements are an interactive way for USCIS to provide information to groups with limited English proficiency, receive their feedback and answer their questions.

USCIS has conducted multilingual engagement in Chinese, Vietnamese and Creole.  We plan to host an engagement in Arabic from our Detroit District Office later this year.

To learn more about USCIS multilingual engagements, visit or email


At October 29, 2014 at 8:53:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great that USCIS care about minorities and reach out.


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