Charitable Arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce

Immigration

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration
to the United States.

USCIS Forms
USCIS provides most forms free of charge through this website in PDF format.

View the complete list of USCIS Forms available for download

Registering for permanent residence (“Green Card”)

This form is used by a person who is in the United States to apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) to adjust to permanent resident status or register for permanent residence.

I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record for Green Card Processing
Most applicants for adjustment of status are required to have a medical examination. The medical examination
must be conducted by a civil surgeon who has been designated by the United States Citizenship and
Immigration Services.

List of Civil Surgeons for preparing the I-693 in Michigan

Address Change: Mandatory for all Non-US Citizens
This card is to be used by all aliens to report a change of address within 10 days of such change. The collection
of this information is required by Section 265 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1305). Failure
to report a change of address is punishable by fine or imprisonment and/or removal.

AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card

Naturalization Test (“Citizenship”)
During the naturalization interview, a USCIS Officer will ask questions about an individual’s application and
background. Applicants will also take an English and civics test unless they qualify for an exemption or waiver.
The English test has three components: reading, writing, and speaking. The civics test covers important
U.S. history and government topics. USCIS offers free study tools available to help prepare for the test.

Citizenship questions in Arabic
Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test
Naturalization Test: Civics (History and Government) questions with MP3 audio

Quick Civics lessons for the Naturalization Test

There are exceptions and modifications to the naturalization requirements that are available to those who
qualify. USCIS also provides accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

Exceptions and Accommodations

Form N-400 is an application for U.S. citizenship (naturalization). Individuals may apply for naturalization when
they meet all the requirements to become a U.S. citizen.

N-400, Application for Naturalization
N-400, Document Checklist and Eligibility Worksheet

An applicant for naturalization seeking an exception to the English and/or civics requirements for naturalization
because of a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment(s) should submit this form at the
time he or she files an N-400, Application for Naturalization, with USCIS. Per the Immigration and Nationality
Act (INA) 312 (b)(1), applicants are not required to fulfill the English and/or civics requirements if the person
is unable to do so because of physical or developmental disability or mental impairment(s).

N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions

Applicants can check processing times for USCIS applications and petitions based on where the case is being
processed. For cases with a receipt number applicants can also monitor the actual case status, and can register
to get automatic e-mail updates and/or text message notifications as the case is processed.

Check USCIS Case Status

The USCIS Citizenship Resource Center is a Web-based portal that centralizes citizenship resources for
immigrants, educators and organizations. This free, easy-to-use website will help users better understand the
naturalization process and gain the necessary skills to be successful during the naturalization interview and test.

USCIS Citizenship Resource Center

Through the landmark publication Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants, USCIS offers a
comprehensive guide containing practical information to help immigrants settle into everyday life in the United
States, as well as basic civics information that introduces new immigrants to the U.S. system of government.

Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants (Arabic version)

Application for a reentry permit, refugee travel document or advance parole travel document, to include parole
into the U.S. for humanitarian reasons.

I-131, Application for Travel Document

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and
most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S.
It also has a responsibility for securing and facilitating trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of
U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws.

Documents needed for Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR)/Green Card holders traveling outside of the U.S.

International travel for Permanent Residents (Green Card holders)

 

U.S. Department of State

Passport Services
A U.S. passport is the key to international travel. When presented abroad, it is a request to foreign governments to
permit individuals to travel or temporarily reside in their territories and access all lawful, local aid and protection.
It allows access to U.S. Consular services and assistance while abroad. Most importantly, it allows re-entry into
the United States upon the return home.

Applying for a new Passport
Passport photo requirements

Consular Electronic Application Center
The Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) is a website supporting a number of web application
components that together form an Internet-based, full-service immigrant visa and nonimmigrant visa
application service center. Immigrant visa (IV) and nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants use the CEAC
components to complete and submit applications, pay consular service fees, submit photos and
biometric information with applications, and track application status.

NVC Immigrant Visa Search

Facts about the Chaldean Community:

Launched in 2006 as the charitable arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, the CCF was established to address the rising Iraqi refugee crisis.

The Chaldean Community Foundation provides a multitude of services including housing assistance, English as a second language training, immigration consulting, and employment assistance and training.

The Chaldean Community Foundation services more than 6,000 people each fiscal year.

The Chaldean Community Foundation funds a variety of charitable programs. Because of the support of our members, the foundation has donated more than $300,000 to good works.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Chaldean Community Foundation has established a Refugee Emergency Fund.

The Foundation hosts two major events throughout the year: the annual community Golf Outing and the Chaldean Festival, held in conjunction with the City of Southfield.

The Chaldean Community Foundation has provided more than $300,000 in charitable contributions to various organizations where Chaldeans live, work and worship.

The Foundation has supported and been a part of several initiatives, including workplace development, economic development, refugee assistance, cultural competency training and charitable giving.

The Chaldean Community Foundation provides cultural competency training to corporations and municipalities providing a brief history, an overview of Chaldean culture, faith and language, and the contributions of the community in the United States.

The recent Iraq war has threatened the permanent removal of Chaldeans from their ancestral homeland.

Refugee Mental
Health Services

Supplies much-needed mental health services to Iraqi refugees and others in Southeast Michigan

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Refugee Acculturation & Sustainability Training

Helps refugees of the Iraq War and subsequent religious persecution to acculturate and become less dependent on federal and state subsidies and services

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Breaking Barriers

Provides assistance and advocacy to the disabled.

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Chaldean Loan Fund

ChaldeanLoanFund_LogoProvides low-interest loans to help refugees purchase a car.

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Project
Bismutha


Provides free or reduced cost healthcare to Iraqi Christian and Chaldean refugees without medical insurance though the Chaldean American Association of Health Professionals (CAAHP)

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Waad Murad
Advocacy Fund

Offers a cash reward up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the assailant(s) of violent crimes perpetuated against businesspeople

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Karim Khamarko Memorial Scholarship Fund

baba3 (2)Established in 2012 in honor of Karim Khamarko, who was murdered in 2010 in his place of business, the fund gives scholarship assistance to Chaldean American high school students who have demonstrated academic success… Read more