*NEW* 3 Things You Need to Know About USCIS Citizenship Ambassador Initiative

NEW! USCIS recently announced the launch of the first citizenship ambassador initiative! Here is what you need to know about:

*NEW* 3 Things You Need to Know About USCIS Citizenship Ambassador Initiative

What is USCIS Citizenship Ambassador Initiative?

USCIS Ambassador Initiative is designed by USCIS to partner with community leaders to promote US citizenship through their own immigrant experience. This initiative is mainly for making a personal and local connection with lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders) who may be eligible to apply for naturalization (citizenship) but don't have access or knowledge of the naturalization process.

In plain words - the government wants to help you learn about how to become a citizen if you are eligible!  

“Granting citizenship is vital to our nation’s economic prosperity, and a future built on America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility,” said USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou.

How does the ambassador initiative work? 

USCIS has selected 8 community leaders across the US to connect with aspiring citizens. These ambassadors will connect eligible populations with the USCIS by:
  • sharing their experiences with the naturalization process
  • highlighting available information and resources
  • emphasizing the advantages of US citizenship
  • addressing myths and misconceptions
  • providing inspiration for other pursuing citizenship

Who are the partners?

See a full list here if you are interested. These ambassadors are all voluntary and unpaid! 
  • Magdalena Alvarado, President, Ser y Hacer Galveston, Galveston, TX;
  • Abdirizak Bihi, Executive Director, Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, Minneapolis, MN;
  • Myriam Mezadieu, Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Legal Services, Miami, FL;
  • Nam Loc Nguyen, Former Director of Immigration and Refugee Department, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Orange County, CA;
  • Margarita Rocha, Executive Director, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Central Valley, CA;
  • Luis Shephard, Community Leader, Boston, MA;
  • Dr. Mara Vaughn, Professor, University of North Texas at Dallas, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; and
  • Pao Yang, Executive Director, President and CEO, The Fresno Center (TFC), Fresno, CA.
Before you go...check out these articles!


  1. I applied for I-130 and I-485 status pending. I am considering taking a cruise from Miami to Bahamas. What would I need to do to get permission to do so? If the cruise is at the end of December, will I get approval in time? What are the risks?

  2. Hello! You will need to apply for I-131, Application for Travel Document - the timeline is always tricky to determine depending on where your document is being processed, the timing, and it really varies case by case. You can check the official processing time range here though: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/


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