Ketchikan with USCIS Office
By Jose S Garcia
July 31, 2010
It is lamentable to note that Legitimate Permanent Residents
(LPRs) takes the cudgel in spending their own money to go to
Juneau to avail of the applications for US Citizenship (N400).
I have made efforts to help our LPRs working in the different
fish processing companies stationed in Ketchikan and locations
within the vicinity of Ketchikan, but sad to see that during
these processes, these applicants have to pick from their own
pockets a round trip ticket to Juneau to do their biometrics,
absent from their jobs, and later to return for an interview
with the USCIS Office again. Finally, the last and final stages
of the N400 process is the taking of the oath of allegiance as
The Public Assistance Office have introduced the ESL seminars
twice a week and because of the time alloted, the LPRs applicants
just could not attend as they are working during this time.
I offered to train a 2 or 4 applicants in my own house, guide
them in filling out the forms downloaded from the computer, and
a class on the newly revised questionnaires as a subject to pass
the interview test in civics and history of the country itself.
If only the Borough or the City of Ketchikan can have elected
officials requiring that the USCIS Office be placed within the
City of Ketchikan, the poor applicants who are working hard can
be served with their willingness to join the American society
in a convenient way.
I hope and pray that consideration be given by incumbent and
elected constituents of the Ketchikan Borough or the City of
Ketchikan submit a resolution in putting up a USCIS Office within
Jose S Garcia
Received July 31, 2010 - Published
July 31, 2010
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