OAKLAND -- A national session covering how to become a United States citizen will be held in Vietnamese by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Thursday.

The free session, called a giao tiep, is the first in a series of immigrant-related topics presented exclusively for Vietnamese speakers in the country. Having the sessions in a language Vietnamese residents are comfortable with can help them understand the information while also giving them the opportunity to engage in conversation, said Sharon Rummery, public affairs officer for USCIS.

The presentation will be held at the USCIS field office in Santa Ana, but will be broadcast live at the Vietnamese Community Center of the East Bay in Oakland, where USCIS representatives will be present. There will also be a live broadcast online and a phone number to call in if viewers have questions or want to provide discussion with USCIS employees.

There are already similar public sessions held in Spanish and Mandarin.

Thursday's viewing session will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Vietnamese center, 655 International Boulevard.

To participate via teleconference, call 888-989-4980; the password is "giao tiep." To watch it online, go to http://www.uscis.gov/live/giaotiep.



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