USCIS to host conference to help Chinese-speaking immigrants petition on behalf of relatives
Millions of people who send money to their families back home originate from China or live in a different country but have Chinese heritage, like the Philippines. Some of these people may have come to the U.S. so they can earn a living and perform an online money transfer. Due to a variety of circumstances, though, they may encounter issues in which they would like to bring a family member of theirs to the U.S. as well. This may be difficult, though, for people who are fluent in Chinese and have a limited understanding of English.
Fortunately, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will soon conduct a national Chinese-language engagement on how people who live in the U.S. can petition on behalf of a family member.
On October 18 from 2 to 3 p.m., Eastern Time, USCIS will host a question and answer session for people with a Chinese background, focusing on how they can petition for an immediate relative. People can participate either through the web, or if they live in the New York City area, in person.
Previously, USCIS has conducted similar engagements with people who have Hispanic heritage, through the quarterly Spanish-language program called "Enlaces." Due to the high demand among people with Asian heritage, though, the government agency will host "Jiao Liu" – which is the Chinese equivalent of the word "engagement."
Taking part in the program will surely be of great benefit to those who may be trying to learn English but are still working on it.
While being fluent in English may be one of the best ways to secure a job so you can send money to your family back home, being able to speak multiple languages is a supremely marketable skill that may give you an advantage in the interview process. And though there may be many thousands of languages spoken, few could argue that Chinese may be one of the best ones to know.
One in every five people in the world are Chinese
That's because China is the most populous country in the world. In fact, one in every five people in the world are Chinese, meaning that individuals are likely to encounter someone whose family originates from there every day.
This may explain why Chinese is spoken in so many places, as statistics indicate that Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, used not only in the U.S. and China, but also in the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. Specific to the U.S., though, according to a Newsweek article, Chinese is the third most commonly spoken language in American homes, beaten out by only English and Spanish.
And more people are realizing the advantages that come with being multilingual. According to a recent survey from the Modern Language Association, enrollment is up in many different language courses offered at American Universities. Since 2002, enrollment in Chinese languages courses have jumped 51 percent, making it among the top 10 language courses studied at U.S. universities.